Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Photography: 100,000 Views


Four years ago on August 24th 2009 I got my first photopass to photograph the beautiful Lights in Cardiff Barfly, and last night my flickr ticked over to the big 100,000. I admit, 25k of those views have come in the past month as views from my photos of ArcTanGent rocketed, and in July my set of 2000 Trees helped similarly. What tipped me over the edge were my photographs of The 1975. I feel it's fitting that one of the bands with the biggest hype has helped me reach this goal. It's completely mental to think about, and I still get the odd view on family photos and really, really awful pictures from when I went to gigs with a little compact camera.

I still use the same camera that I did from that first shoot, and yeah I'm looking to upgrade but it serves me well. I've bolstered that with f/1.8 50mm, f/2.5 17-55mm, and a f/4-5.6 70-300mm lenses - although the latter's mainly untouched, especially at indoor shows. I asked for my first photo pass just to shoot for myself, no publication or website attached and I've slowly got to know people from there, and I've even been considered one of the 'Rising Talent Photographers' over on www.musicphotographers.co.uk, which is run by some fairly prestigious names in the Music Photography world - although unfortunately that never really fulfilled it's potential.

All I'm trying to say is that really corny, if I can do it you can do it too. If not music photography then pick up a camera and shoot what you love. It really is rather rewarding, and those views are just a way of reassuring myself that people like what I'm doing. So far they do!

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