Photo Essay in Three Frames: Rookie’s mistakes
Earlier this year, I got myself a brand new DSLR and a 35mm F/1.8 lens. I had never owned such a fast lens, and I was just mesmerized: F/1.8, like, whoah! At first, I used this setting every single time, either aiming deliberately for a small depth of field, or for no other reason than because I could. So there were standard shots with focused foreground and blurred background, but there were also shots of urban landscapes, all with F/1.8.
And technically, that’s terribly wrong. Incorrect. You don’t use a wide open aperture for everything, it depends on the subject, right?
But I think that, when you get your hands on something new and exciting (a fast lens, a wide-angle lens, the know-how to do something spectacular on Photoshop, a super grainy film, whatever), you don’t go for “correct”. You have fun with it and use it to your heart’s delight, even when you most certainly shouldn’t, until you get it out of your system. Sure, later you’ll be thinking "that was a rookie’s mistake", but that’s not a bad thing.
You go ahead and make mistakes, because that’s how we learn, that’s how we make progress, and in the end, that’s how we develop a personal style: by making the “mistakes” of our choice, on purpose.
On an unrelated note, I got a new 50mm F/1.4 lens now. (F/1.4, like, whoah!) Guess on which setting it’s stuck for the time being…