My name is Kevin Heffner and I have decided to start a new site GoingBeyondAuto.com that teaches the basics of photography. I have enjoyed photography for as long as I can remember, but have only taken a serious interest in it since about 1999 or so. Prior to that time I always took pictures with some kind of automatic camera all the way back to the Polaroid I had when I was a kid. After that time though, I started to want more out of my photography. While I still mostly kept whatever point-and-shoot digital camera I had in auto, I began to work on manipulating light and composition to achieve my goals. I am by no means a professional photographer, but I have learned quite a bit over the years and would love to share that knowledge with anyone interested in reading it.
I believe that photography is fun, easy, and frustrating all at the same time, but don’t let that stop you. I have learned that while the professional equipment is amazing, it is not necessary to capture great images. One of my first paid photos was for a book cover for my boss of some black stones. I used a 4 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera, a piece of white paper, a desk lamp and some post-it notes as light modifiers…and it turned out perfectly! With the right knowledge and skills, you can accomplish great things with the equipment that you already have, however good or bad it may be.
As you can tell by the pictures here and on my site KevinHeffner.com, I’m not a pro and I don’t claim to be. I don’t really take pictures of people either. My daughter is the cute exception to that rule, but I don’t post them. There are plenty of sites that share photography knowledge, however a lot of them are very technical and can easily scare people away. My goal is to not do that. I personally get scared away by all of that, and I want to make it easy. I do my best to explain things without going into all the formulas and highly technical explanations. I want people to use their cameras and get the most out of them. In my opinion, that means switching out of the Automatic mode, hence the name Going Beyond Auto. You can read a little bit more on my first post, Let’s Do This. My goal is to make creative photography fun and easy and that is what this site is all about.