Yep, that’s right, it’s LearningTheLight.com’s first anniversary today – I don’t really know why I started the site on Valentine’s Day 2010 (not the most romantic thing I’ve ever done…!), but at least I’ll always remember the site’s anniversary date now!
I’d like to thank everyone for taking the time to wonder around the site, reading the guides, tips and random photographic warblings of mine; leaving comments, asking questions, re-tweeting and facebook ‘Liking‘ – it’s all massively appreciated, and makes me really love writing the blog.
Personally, I’ve come quite a way over the past year when it comes to my photography – learning loads along the way, and hopefully imparting some of this new-found knowledge to you all as well. As an example, here is a photo of my parents that I took before I started to learn about photography, back in 2009:
Over a year later, using my new photography knowledge (and new camera, of course – a 500D / T1i), here are a couple of portraits of them that I think are quite a lot better:
Another example, this time a shot of my dog, taken with a compact a couple of years ago:
Compared to a shot I took within the first few weeks of owning my new DSLR, and my ‘photographic learning journey’ (Oh it sounds so grand…!):
None of my ‘new’ shots are going to win any awards, but I think you’ll agree just how far I’ve come. With a little understanding and knowledge, it really is easy to make your photos ‘shine’ – and the quality leap from the days of my compact, to what I’m shooting now, has really made every penny going into my DSLR totally worth it.
Here’s to another year of learning, and passing on what I find useful to you…!