A couple of weeks ago I found out that one of the photographers on base was having a talent search. The talent search winner would have a 5 month internship with her learning everything about photography and how to run a photography business. I applied for the talent search but didn’t have much hope in winning. Most of the photos I had to submit were taken with my iPhone. I have a nice camera but honestly don’t know how to work it. It is nothing like the film cameras I use to use. Also I don’t know much about photography. People have complimented my photographs and I have been told many times that I have a natural eye. I figured I would apply and at the least I could get some critique on my photos.
I was surprised when I found out last week that I was selected as one of five finalists. In order to pick a finalist, we were required to attend a photography 101 class. After the class we would go to the Kintai area, where we would take photos of her family. I was really excited for this because I want to learn more about photography. The class itself was great. I actually learned quite a bit. In fact I learned why I haven’t been able to figure out out my camera. Turns out its just a fancy point in shoot designed to look like a professional camera. Oops. Even though it was just a point and shoot camera, her class ended up helping me a lot. It explained what I use to do with film camera but didn’t know the technical terms for.
At the Kintai I was actually partnered with the photographer herself to take pictures of. It was difficult to do because she was often helping everyone else and almost every photo I took of her, she kind of looked pissed off. I knew I couldn’t submit those. I took a break for taking her picture to readjust my focus.
After refocusing I was able to capture some decent pictures of her. I know my editing still needs some work but that would be part of the internship. I was pretty happy with the three photos I submitted of her.
Today I finally got to meet with her to see who she chose for her internship. She told me that I have good potential and that I should consider photography. The photograph of her and her husband working on the camera was the hands down favorite of the day. She said I needed to work on my editing and making my pictures more interesting but she loved that I am blank slate and have no bad mistakes to correct. She love my enthusiasm. The main reason I wasn’t being picked for the internship was because she didn’t think I had the energy to start a business. Um what? I started a successful dog treat business in Jacksonville, NC and I run a blog with over 7 thousand followers. I have the energy for starting a business. I’m really disappointed I didn’t get selected. She said that I am the runner up so I may still get a shot.
But I’m not giving up. I’ve been looking into photography programs and I think I may have found one offered through MYCAA. Also next week, Jeremy and I are going to look at a nice camera for sale. I’m going to take her advice and start my own company after I learn a little bit more about photography. I’m going to prove to her that I have the energy to do it.