Last December, I bought Jane.
Then for Christmas, I received Alice.
Several weeks ago, I bought Oscar.
Photography has become a hobby of mine. Each time I go out to take photos, I learn something new about my lens or camera. It's been a wonderful hobby and has been great motivation to get off my butt and enjoy the world!
I used to take photos just to document things for this blog. I wanted them to look nice, but it wasn't a high priority - plus, I had no idea what I was doing. Early last year, I "borrowed" my dad's dslr and didn't give it back. I started to get really interested in how to take photos and what settings to use. Eventually, I gave back my dad's camera and bought one for myself. There was one photo that really got me thinking about getting into photography -
|March 9, 2011|
Yes, a photo of Charlie's hotdog was the photo that started it all. I was writing a post about a mystery I had solved: the mystery of the marks on the wall. I realized that Charlie's hotdog was leaving red marks on the walls as it bounced off of them, so I took a photo of the culprit. When I looked at this photo, I loved the blur in the background. I loved that the front of the photo was bright and the background was dark.
I started to wonder how I could recreate this look. So, I hit up the internet and started finding some really great information. Being a self-taught photographer/designer, I've learned how to search google like a pro. One of the first places I headed to learn more about taking photos was the Pioneer Woman's blog. She has many great posts about understanding your camera.
Then it was all about practice. The best advice I can give to anyone in my situation (those of you teaching yourself how to use your camera) is get out there and use it! I started taking special trips just to take photos.
I took Jane/Alice/Oscar:
- on a snowy walk
- wherever my nephew went
- to my alma mater
- on a windy walk
- to a saw mill and iron plantation
- wherever Charlie went
- on a beautiful garden tour
- on a walk with Kelsey
- on a photo road trip with Mel
Creating opportunities to use my camera has really helped me to understand it. Well, maybe I shouldn't say "understand" it's more like...know what to use and when. I still have no idea why ISO works the way it does or what ISO stands for - but I do know when to change it.