Chris Jackson’s photography was transformed when he was taught to shoot – and think – in black and white
I took up photography in the 1990s when I purchased a Canon 300D and kit lens. I was all set to become a professional right out of the box, but apertures, f-stops, ISO values and other photographic terminology were foreign to me. My attitude was, “I have a $1000 camera, and it should take $1000 pictures,” and I never understood why I would take hundreds of photos, only to end up with just one or two really good shots; I thought I was doing everything right, and it was the camera that was messing up. So I sold my equipment and upgraded to the next camera in the Canon line-up, only to encounter the same frustrations. I ended up selling my equipment again, and starting the cycle over. Eventually I gave up, and put the camera away.
Fast-forward to 2012, when friend of mine suggested trying Nikon. “Yeah that’s the problem,” I thought. “Maybe it’s the Canon kit that’s responsible for my poor shots.” I sold everything all over again and bought a used D700 and a few lenses, but to my dismay there was no ‘full auto’ mode on the camera, and I was ready to just give up altogether. Then my friend invited me on a ‘photo walk’ and said he would teach me a few things. It was my ‘ah-ha’ moment. He showed me how to shoot in manual mode, which took some getting used to as I was accustomed to ‘point