bonding with the kit lens | june 6th, 2017

You're using a kit lens?! I'm not sure why, but I typically avoid using my kit lens. I vaguely recall reading something years ago from a photographer (the snobby kind) that insisted kit lenses shouldn't be used; basically useless. And if you use them, well psh, are you really a photographer? That is probably where my subconscious avoidance of my 18-55mm came from.

Yesterday, I decided that thought needed to be tossed away. So I went outside and took pictures with my kit lens.

Look at those greens!

I had my ISO up a bit too high so many of the photos are more noisy than I'd prefer.

This one isn't the most astetically pleasing but I really liked the contrast and the deep greens.

I found this and it was so pretty! Spent most of the time getting pictures of this lovely stuff as the setting sun would occasionally peek through the clouds on the horizon.

What is it? Baby's Breath? Something poisonous? I don't know, but it sure is pretty.

Also not the most asthetically pleasing, but I love how the lovely stuff frames the purple flowers and is all around the base of the plant. 

I don't care how cliche it is; golden hour light is gorgeous. 

Fun fact: apparently I have an obsession with Queen Anne's Lace, even when it's just the stems left. Shout-out to the lens flares I am unashamed of. Acknowledging the poor quality of this photo. But this guy looked cool so I had to take a picture. 

I unintentionally took a break from nature and focused more on portraits. While I was touching up some of these photos, I realized how much my portrait editing has influenced the way I edit everything else now. Never underestimate how much experimenting with other styles can further your skill in other areas!

Here's the deal: photography snobs will always be photography snobs. To be an artist, you have to give yourself the freedom to stray away from the "rules" others try to impose. Because the thing is, it's not about being right. It's about expressing your art in a genuine way. There is a time for following guidelines, but there is also a time for following your artists eye. 

It's not about the lens, but the person behind it. It takes skill to use "less than ideal" equipment. It challenges you to work harder for the pictures you want. The kit lens isn't my favorite, but I want to use it more. I also want to figure out what other silly things photography snobs have said that have stuck in my mind...

- Victoria