Photography by Adelheide Bradigan
About My Experience
To be completely honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect at the beginning of my first photography course. I knew I’d be taking pictures, but I did not know the process of developing film or what went into taking a full roll of pictures. I was excited, because I was going to be able to experience what it was truly like working with film, instead of digital cameras.
Quickly, I found out that taking pictures doesn’t just entail finding a subject and aiming the camera. So much more goes on. First of all, I learned that patience is a photographer’s best friend. Instead of searching for photos to take, many more opportunities come along when you wait for the right moment. I didn’t think I would enjoy taking photos of people, but when I learned about patience, I learned how to catch a person in the right place at the right time, capturing the emotion and feeling of the atmosphere created. When it came time to go through the process of developing the pictures, patience also played a key role. And waiting only made it that much better when I could finally see my finished work.
I also learned that passion is so important. If you don’t love or feel inspired by your subjects, the photos mean nothing. I loved everything that I took photos of, and because of that, I enjoyed the process of photography and film development so much more. This was not just a photography class to me, but an experience and memory I will always cherish, being able to connect with such an art form was a blessing.