I'd much rather be on the other side of the camera. I got a DSLR camera for Christmas. I've been a photographing fool since New Years Day. Guess what? I've been shooting in manual mode! I don't know anything about photography, but blogging has definitely peaked an interest that I didn't even know I had. While I want to learn how to take better photos for my blog, I am even more interested in learning how to photograph my kids. Childhood is temporary and these sweet days are flying by. I feel like I can stop time, even if just for second, when I take a picture.
My best advice for shooting in manual mode - just do it already! Don't be afraid of what you don't know. The best way to learn is on the job training. Why bother dipping your toes in the water, when you can do a canon-ball? Trust me - I'm living it - I'm learning as I go - and I'm having so much fun playing with my big girl camera! I've read my camera manual like three or four times now, and I've also found these two posts to be very helpful for a beginner- Bower Power (tips for better outdoor photography) & Centsational Girl (basic photography tips).
My girl doesn't mind when I hassle her to pose for me. She's my most willing model.
Are you going? I was actually given a little nudge by a new friend. I've been online friends with Traci from Beneath My Heart for a little while now. Last week we met for lunch. It turns out we only live like maybe 10 minutes from each other! We had such a fun time talking! Her sister Cyndi joined us as well, and we all had a great time.
|Me and Traci|
|Cyndi and Me|
Traci was so sweet to answer all of my "newbie" blogging questions and not make me feel like a complete moron for asking them. She's truly a beautiful person - both inside and out! I'm so blessed to have been able to meet her in person and turn an online friend into a real life friend!
Funny that this post is about photography because I actually forgot to bring my camera with me to this lunch, so I had to borrow the above pictures from Traci. ;)
Now to announce the winner of the sneakpeeq giveaway - Kristie Hagney! Congrats! I'll be sending you an e-mail with the details. Thanks to everyone who entered.
****UPDATE - After almost a year of shooting in manual mode and using my camera every day, I've come quite a long way. I'm still learning, but I shared what I've learned so far in this post here.