Thursday, January 13, 2011

Photography

I'm starting a photography class next week, and I'm really looking forward to it. One of the things I've learned from writing for Best Friends is how important it is to have a great photo to go along with an article, especially now when so much is published online. I'd love to be able to develop enough skill that I can take my own photos to accompany the articles I write.

I've never had anything more sophisticated than a basic point-and-shoot camera, so when I decided to take this course I looked around at other options. I really couldn't afford a DSLR camera right now, and I was kind of intimidated by them anyway, so I ended up getting a higher quality point-and-shoot that also has the option of using manual settings. This camera came highly recommended by a family member, so I was pleased to get it. I'm anxious to try playing with it once I start the course.

Ever since I started walking regularly, I've tried to pay more attention to the beauty in ordinary, every day things. As I've mentioned before, there are a lot of great parks in my area, and, as I learn how to take better photos, I hope to be able to capture the natural beauty that is so evident on the wooded trails where I walk.

I also hope to use Clancy and my cat Nate as my guinea pigs for photos. They may both learn to run and hide as soon as they see me get out the camera.

I've always wanted to be able to take better photos, but never thought I had the talent to pursue it. I realize now it was foolish to say I didn't have the talent, as I had never tried! So I am excited about starting this course, and I look forward to sharing my course assignments and progress here.

It's one more adventure, and one more "impossible" goal to add to the list of what might be possible after all.

2 comments:

  1. "I really couldn't afford a DSLR camera right now, and I was kind of intimidated by them anyway, so I ended up getting a higher quality point-and-shoot that also has the option of using manual settings."

    I was in this same position. We actually purchased a SLR and tried it out for a few days. I really wanted a camera that was more intuitive than a SLR so we ended up returning it and getting what I consider a hybrid. It's still a point and shoot but more bulky and has a lot more options.

    I like your blog! We share a lot of interests. Good luck with your "impossible" goals. :)

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  2. Thanks! I really like your blogs as well. :) And thanks for the camera tip, that's good to know!

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