I really am not a fan of trying to place the blame for any of my less-than-stellar attempts on anything but a less-than-refined ability. I’m still a total amateur newbie when it comes to anything art related, despite some huge progress, and I fully own up to that fact.
That being said, I often feel embarrassed sharing my work online because even on those occasions when I’ve been satisfied or — dare I say — even happy with what I’ve produced, taking a photo of it has always yielded decidedly subpar results.
While not to downplay that fact that I am not an amazing photographer, my phone camera was decidely lacking. Grainy zoom, poor focusing, and horrible light balance. Could some of that have been rectified by investing in a quality camera and, like, studying up on photography? I mean, probably, but I’m no particularly interested in photography as a personal hobby so I don’t want to sink money into a high end piece of equipment, and I’m only a hobbyist artist, so I don’t need to take exquisite photos in order to market or sell my art. I really just needed something good enough that I could post fairly true-to-life photos of my projects, and honestly, the easiest way to do that was simply to get a better phone.
Now, I didn’t upgrade my phone because I wanted a new camera to photograph my work, but it happened to be a huge bonus. I tested it out today in less than stellar conditions and the results were so much better than even optimal condition results with my old phone. I have a small cache of projects I’ve been waiting to share and I’m thrilled that I should be able to start doing that this weekend.
I know that the creation of art in and of itself makes me an artist (even if the work is amateurish), but I’ve got to admit, it sometimes feels hard calling myself that when I share my work so infrequently, and especially when my shared work looks so much less proficient than it is — I have a long way to go, but I’ve come a long way as well, and I want people to be able to see my progress accurately.
Anyway, I am excited to share some actually good quality photos of my work in the coming weeks.