2016 was a fantastic year for me. It was a year of firsts and a year where I went over to the deep end of the pool. You know the end where you can't feel the bottom anymore and clearly realize that you have to learn to swim or it's back to the kiddies section. It has been very exciting and I would like to look back over it with you.
There is a great video by Mark Wallace of AdoramaTV on using Lightroom's metadata to find out more about your photography. Watch it here. I can highly recommend everyone check it out as it's a very powerful tool.
The easiest and most significant number is that I shot 24,027 pictures last year!! Wow!! That's pretty much double the 12,124 pictures I shot in 2015! My main camera, a Canon 6D, has been overwhelmingly dominant and taken 22,946 exposures. My backup Canon 100D took most of the rest of the pictures accounting for 1469 shots. I don't add many of the pictures I take with my phone as I usually go through the effort of pulling out my camera. A huge advantage of the 100D is that it was the smallest and lightest DSLR on the market (on release) and so with my 50mm 1.8 it is extremely portable.
Speaking of lenses I used my 35mm lens the most with 9781 photographs taken and in a close second my 70-200mm with 7280. The other 7 lenses came in under 2300 photos each. Interestingly of the three zooms I see similar behavior if I split the numbers into three categories: I have a large chunk of photos at the shortest focal length, a large chunk at the long end of the lens and the rest of the focal lengths combined together is the third group. The fun thing is that these groups are similar in amounts of photos taken and this is true for many of my photos. This tells me that I am using the full focal range and not just hanging on to one end of the range.
When looking at what apertures I shoot I notice a strong trend. On my most used lens (35mm f1.4) I shot only 1654 pictures above f4 and a massive 2996 at the widest aperture of f1.4. This tells me a few things: 1. I'm very happy I bought a lens that's very sharp at such a wide maximum aperture. 2. I shoot in dark situations often. 3. I love shallow depth of field and blown out background. 4. I should shoot with more depth of field. For my two other most used lenses I see similar behavior so these 4 points count for most of my photography.
This year has not just been a good year for my technical skills but it has been a year of firsts for me too. I started this website and posted my first blog post in April. I created an Instagram account in March and have posted 141 images. In April I also created a Facebook page to represent my business. I've registered on Google Maps and all of the associated data analytics.
All in all I'm happy and pretty proud of the foundation I've set up. Now I need to continue forwards and make 2017 an even better year than this one! If you would like to help me achieve that then you can help a lot by searching for me on Google Maps and giving me a rating. Rating me on my Facebook page will also help a lot but the thing that will help the most is if you hear of someone who needs a photographer please recommend me! See you in my next post!
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