Owlando's way

How my photographic journey began

Taking the photographic steps

I’ve been into photography for quite a while, if you did read the previous post about me, you’ll already know that. If you didn’t then let me tell you that my first steps on this photographic journey started around the age of eight. It was a series of coincidences that led me to it, quickly told it began with me watching a series on tv.

An image showing some scenes from Caitlin’s way. Picture from: https://thisblogsparkles.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/favourite-pre-teen-show-ever-caitlins-way/

The series and the camera

The series was named Caitlin’s way, and it was about a rebellious city girl who was forced to move out to the country. Moved to a farm to be specific, and it revolves around her adapting to the different lifestyle. During this series, she picks up on photography and starts working as a photojournalist for a local newspaper.

This seemed like fun, and while the series was at its peak I coincidentally found my dad’s old camera. Luckily it was in working condition and my dad allowed me to use it, so I quickly bought some film and bang, that’s my very first step into the world of photography.

The story so far

Through the years that have passed, I’ve taken a lot of pictures. Most of them only by trying out different settings without actually knowing what they do. Just turn some dials here and there and see how it turns out, that was my workflow for the most part.

But I decided to go a bit further, and by starting at Soltun Folk High School I got to try out travelling and photography. Having a great teacher named Tommy Simonsen, I got to experience wild Africa and also learning a thing or two about photography.

This helped me quite a lot, and I started to grasp more of the photographic workflow. But for quite a while I felt my progress stagnated, and I wasn’t improving anymore. I got a bit of a creative stop, and for a while, I stopped taking photos. But that wasn’t a right solution, I missed it so much. And I wanted to take it to the next level, so I decided to attend a true photography school.

Hello, Bilder Nordic School of Photography

Yeah recently, as recent as the 28th of January this year, I began life as a student yet again. Bilder Nordic School of Photography is the name of the school, but from here on I will shorten it to BNSOP. I can see why they also shorten it to BNSOP because it is a really long name.

The days at this school is really hectic, there’s a lot of assignments, and there are a lot of things to learn. The teachers are really great, and I don’t think I have ever gotten so much input in such a short amount of time. Also, I discovered that photography also has a lot of math involved, to be honest, I have never ever thought of that.

Shortly summarized, a little over a month has passed since I started, and already I have learned a lot of new tips, tricks and techniques. Finally, I am starting to get an understanding of what I do, and why pictures turn out like they do. I am going to share a lot of my learnings here on this blog under the tag photoschool, so follow up on that one if you want to learn a thing or two.

Well, I guess that’s it for this post, stay tuned for more.


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