I've been severely neglecting my blog, and in my never-ending search for new content I've come up with sort of a weekly photo series where I'll show you a series of photos, old and new, to illustrate and discuss how I advanced from new photographer with zero knowledge and even less skill, to where I am now as a photographer. This is the first edition of what I'm tentatively calling "Progressions of a Madman" - if you've got a better title, feel free to leave it in the comments - and over the next few weeks, maybe longer, I'll be taking you on a photographic journey through space and time and hopefully help someone who's new to photography avoid making the same mistakes I made in the beginning and, in some cases, the not-so-beginning.
Each blog post will have, hopefully, 3 photos from different periods in time to show how my composition, in-camera exposure and post-production have changed and progressed since day 1. I can't say how long I'll run with this, but for now, let's get started with one of the first photos I ever shot after picking up a Nikon D5200 with the kit 18-55 f/3.5-5.6, before I had any other gear and didn't know how to use what I did have:
The beginning is always a good place to start, no? With that in mind, let's go all the way back to Christmas Eve 2014, just about one month to the day after I picked up my first DSLR. Here's a photo of a friend of mine at a Christmas dinner. It's terrible, but I'm not embarrassed to share: