So, I have added a new photo to the Scripture Photos album from photos I took yesterday. Yesterday was a tough day to take photos. I had Mac (my dog) on a leash for a walk while taking my camera along in hopes of grabbing a few good shots. I have now learned the hard way, my photo gray lenses on my glasses are not my friend for figuring out the correct lighting on my camera. Along with it being bright and snowy, I was attempting to adjust my lighting setting according to what I could see. Well, what I was seeing was not what I needed to be seeing. I will have to use my glasses in my viewfinder while outside for focus and then look through the viewfinder without my glasses for brightness and lighting. Just what I need, one more thing to throw in the mix LOL.
On another note, Brian is considering getting rid of his Nikon D70 and also getting a Nikon D3300 so we can learn the same thing together. Our plan for this afternoon is to go outside with both of our cameras and set them up identically. Then we will come in and compare photos and see if there really is much difference. I don't expect a huge difference in quality, but maybe ease of use. So we may finally get some photos from Brian's camera and in his album a little later today.
A couple of photos from yesterday's dog walk
Between the cold, a little bit of laziness, a headache and just being over tired, I am giving you all a break on my photo journey. No new pictures to share today. I will go through the various photos I have been taking though and share one or two that I find intriguing. I also will be picking a photo to share on my other site with a scripture.
One of the things I was sharing this morning as I was typing in my Random Thoughts from Pastor Deb blog, was that I believe this new hobby, this journey, is a gift from God to me. This is a gift I feel compelled to share. He is allowing me to see the world from a whole new angle and perspective. If I can show just one person who God is in this world, it is worth every photo posted and every word typed.
I realize this blog is supposed to be about my photo journey, but with Christ at the center of my life, every journey is about spreading the Gospel. If I can do that through photography, than so be it. One of the things I will be working on soon is a photo/scripture devotional. I will be putting it together in the form of an ebook for download right here on this site. It will be free. I will let you all know when it is available and when it is ready.
Thank you for visiting my page and encouraging me on this journey.
We've been married almost 30 years. I sure love my husband.
It has been a crazy day and I haven't been able to spend a lot of extra time on my photo journey. Alas, I couldn't go a day without posting some things though. I have some from yesterday working in the sunlight and snow. That much light is crazy. I couldn't even read the meter setting on my camera in that bright light. So this brought me up to reading on how to shoot photos on snowy, sunny days. Also with reading about the rule of 16 which is talking about an f-stop of 16 as a starting point, I also read a little bit about using aperture priority.
I have been working so hard on trying to go full manual on my settings that I didn't really think about the priority settings. So today while at the church, I took a few photos with my Priority Aperture setting and paid attention to what happened to shutter speed and if I needed to change ISO settings.
So here below I will post some photos I like but on my album page I will post them all. Some are real whitewash photos and hard to see but some turned out far better than expected. The photos at the church are Priority aperture and the photos of my front yard are still with manual settings.
My intention and expectation was that I could call Bill Meier Photography and run in a get a lesson on my time. That just isn't happening. They are not scheduling any photo lessons until February. This set me on a path of finding a class or workshop or photographer who gives lessons elsewhere. I came across a website of a photographer in Flint that has lessons. At first glance, I disregarded it and I am not really sure why. As I was close to exhausting my search, I decided to look at the link from U of M Flint and their photography classes. Lo and behold but who was the first listed, suggested photographer, the same one I had disregarded. This would be danenwilliamsphoto.com They emailed me back right away and the studio is in downtown Flint right above Rhema Cafe. I am so excited. Brian and I are going for our first lesson Thursday, Jan. 4th. This gives me plenty of time to continue playing with my camera. The more I know and learn by train and error, the better my questions can be. The better my questions can be, the more I will be able to get from my instructor.
For those that are reading this and miss the technical, I will add a little something. As I don't know a lot right now, it will be more questioning than anything. The biggest thing I am noticing is that I like to shoot photos without a flash. To do this indoors, I am having to play with a lot of adjustments. I am wondering if it is a cop out to simply adjust the ISO to a bigger sensitivity. I know I normally don't want a large ISO due to noise in the photos, but my photos are all simply computer uploads and the noise isn't too noticeable. I am afraid I am getting into a bad habit early. This will be one of the things I will bring to the attention of the photographer at my lesson next week. I know I could open the aperture as well but that also changes my depth of field. It boggles my mind how many technical things are involved in putting together a nice photo.
Here are a couple from yesterday that I did like though. These are taken with a 35mm extension tube added to my 18mm-55mm lens
As I stated in my earlier blog, I was anxious to set up some lessons with the photo place in Fenton, Bill Meier photography. Unfortunately they are not doing and classes until Feb. There is just no way I can wait that long. I have searched in vain for any local community education classes on digital photography and have come up empty handed. Now, I am the first one to tell you how much I love doing things on line. There are a myriad of classes, YouTube videos and information to work with in the online world. I just really want hands on to get started though. I did find one photographer who I believe is in the downtown Flint area. I have sent an email and left a voice mail. I am interested to see what comes of this.
In the mean time, I have downloaded a few on line ebooklets and have been looking them over. One was kind of intriguing and has some assignments to get yourself started. One of those assignments was to just go around your house taking the same picture or pictures of various household items.
I chose a couple of options to work with. I took a number of photos with my 35 mm expansion tube connected to my 18mm-55m lens. This simulates a macro lens and does a fairly decent job.
The next set of photos I practiced with were simply the 18mm-55mm lens with different perspectives of the same item. I am working on seeing angles and light and not getting into a habit of everything at my own eyes view.
I also took a few photos this morning from the patio door with the tripod and the 55mm-300mm zoom lens.
I will post one of each below and then a number on my photo album page.
The Christmases have ended, all four of them. It has been fun and I have enjoyed playing with my new Nikon D3300 and all the accessories I received. Now it is time to seriously decide how to use this tool to it's fullest.
I am going to start by calling the camera shop in Fenton, Bill Meier studios and setting up a lesson for Brian and me. Knowledge is power and I believe that is true in all things. I love the stuff I am picking up on YouTube and Google searches, but having someone to ask in person will be beneficial I believe. Also, I need to be more serious about my "play' time with my camera. I wasn't really keeping track of all the little changes I made in each photo. I am talking about all the settings. I have just been willy nilly with that. Keeping track and keeping notes will be a much better tool.
One thing I have learned already is that utilizing the free Nikon download software is extremely helpful. As I click on each photo, the software tells me exactly what setting were used on that picture. What a great tool and to think, I was just disregarding it. I wanted to solely use an editing software to improve my photos, that will never make me a better photographer.
Patience, that one is going to be tough. I can't learn everything overnight or even in a week. Of course that doesn't stop me from wanting it...LOL. I want to be like a sponge and just absorb all this stuff that I am learning, but right now I am more like a wash cloth, some of it stays and most of it drips away. I think I have it and then I go to take the photo and I can't remember. It is like, oh, was I supposed to open the aperture wider or smaller for those details? What was the ratio of that shutter speed to lens length again? Should I adjust the ISO or the aperture or the shutter speed or turn on the flash? So many choices and my head is just spinning.
So starting today, in addition to playing, I also start learning. It will be a process, but that is all part of this journey. Also, instead of putting all my practice photos on my album pages, I think I will put only some of the best photos on the album pages for the sake of the journey. I will supply a link though to a page (yet to be determined) with an album of all my practice photos. This will allow you to see the good, the bad and the ugly and learn with me. I will make it a practice to list the shutter speed, aperture, ISO and focus length of each photo. This will allow you to see the differences along with me and to learn what I learn.
I hope to have some photos to share with you later this evening. In the mean time, here are just a few from this morning and last night.
Merry Christmas everyone. This will be short this morning as I haven't taken any photographs today. I am using one from last night that I took with my extension lenses. These are an inexpensive way to achieve a macro effect. Like so many things in this photographic journey, I have a long ways to perfect it. But I did like the look of this photo and added some scripture for this amazing day as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Today after church it was time for Christmas #3. Off to my mother in law's house we went. Of course I had camera in hand and at the ready. I think my family is going to go nuts with me owning this camera. But that's okay, they love me.
First step of course, figuring out the lighting. Do I need flash, what f-stop, which shutter speed. Do I adjust the ISO. Oh my, so many things to get right. I took a lot of photos, some much better than others. But slowly I can see I am figuring out a few things here and there. No doubt in my mind though, I really need photography lessons. Brian and I have plans to meet with the photo professional in Fenton. I am hoping that will help a lot.
The really good thing about tonight though, I got some great camera stuff. I got my AC adapter, an extra battery, a 64gb memory card, extension lens and the camera sling bag that I really really wanted. It was great!!
I also fell off my healthy eating bandwagon. Not horribly but I did fall and I am not sorry. I will be back on that horse soon enough. I realize that isn't photo oriented but you are going to see some food photos in the album and that will show you why I fell off that wagon. LOL
I have a couple of macro style photos that I took with my extension lens. The room was pretty dark but they are kind of cool. I will learn how to use those properly soon enough too.
So, one more Christmas to go. Tomorrow, a day at home with my husband. I am so looking forward to it.
It was a really nice dinner and an enjoyable evening with family. However, my photos leave a lot to be desired when it comes to indoor lighting and people. I need a lot more practice as well as some real lessons. I will post some of my photos on my album page but just a warning, they are not pretty.
I am not sure, but I do believe I have some limitations with the lenses I have but to blame the poor photographic quality simply on those would not be fair. I did not seem to have the ability to create the sharpness I wanted on many of the photos. I took one group photo and used a reflection edit just to make it presentable but I was not really happy with the overall picture. Ugg, such a long ways to go.
So last night we had a little Christmas with Christian and Selena. It was our first of four I guess. Today, we go to my family for Christmas, tomorrow we head to Brian's family and on Christmas Day, it will be just the two of us.
I am sure I am going to drive everyone crazy taking pictures. But I don't care, I hope to get some really nice ones of the family. We haven't done that in such a long time. We haven't "documented" our Christmas celebrations in years. Well, they better watch out, I am on the hunt for great photos of everyone.
Last night was fun, we enjoyed giving gifts that Selena and Christian loved. Nothing better than knowing it was exactly what somebody wanted. So today I will make an album called Christmas number 1 on the photo album page. I will post all the pictures there, the good the bad, the ugly, and the duplicates. Yes I said duplicates. You know, where you take the same picture over and over again trying to get it just right.
I supposed if I only posted the best photos I took, I wouldn't really be documenting our photo journey. So I realized, I need to post them all. So sorry you may have to suffer along with me if you are following this journey. LOL But it will be fun. I hope you get to see the improvements and the good photos that will follow.
I know I haven't put any posts from Brian's part of this journey yet. He has been working quite a bit to make up for lost time when he had surgery. He hasn't had time to really play. When the time comes, I will make an album for his photos so we can see the difference in our styles.
Click the photo album page - Deb's photos in the menu for more
I am embarking on a new hobby with my husband. An interest I had as a child has recently been reignited. This blog is an outline of my journey as I learn the skill of photography and maintaining a journal through photo and video medium.