Last Christmas, I won the grand prize, a kayak, at our annual company Christmas party.
Thought about it, and finally decided that I'd probably never use it. It was a 12 footer and weighed over 70lbs. It only seated one, so granddaughter and I couldn't do it together. BF doesn't do anything near the water, except water cows. I couldn't put it on top of my car, so a trailer would have to be purchased...all I can say is dang! because I was so excited. I sold it on Craigslist. Well...with the money in hand, I decided to buy myself something special. Something I could use and would really enjoy. Something I could do with people around or alone. So I bought myself a camera. I bought the Canon Rebel 3TI...it has all the gadgets. In fact, more gadgets than I'll probably ever use or ever figure out.
The local Ritz shop offers classes and I'm in dire need of them... The first class was just the basic, Introduction to Your New Camera class. I learned how to turn it on... :)
I'm no photographer, but I love picture takin...
The next class was Travel Photography...loved this one. We learned how to prepare, composition, and how to take some fun pictures. I learned some rules to taking good shots...like the rule of thirds, framing, etc.
Since I was going on vacation...perfect timing!!! But...there's a huge difference between a classroom and being out in the middle of NM with no instructor around. Boy...it was like an old fashioned test, and I froze. I spent time, trying to take some "artistic" shots and geez...what a hoot. Some, I'm just too flat embarrassed to share. Some turned out OK...I will need to do some photoshop editing ... (after I take that class) hahaha
I missed the Macro class, will have to reschedule.
The last class I went to was the Action/Sports class. The next class is Nighttime photography. It's scheduled for the 4th of July. BF goes to bed super early, and we never go anywhere on the 4th, so I've already signed up for that class. I'll be out with my tripod, with all the other beginners...trying to figure out the tripod!!!
OK..in this picture, I was trying to use leading lines and rule of thirds and probably should have used a filter...
In this picture, I was trying framing. It's OK...but, only if you know what the picture was a picture of...???
Here I was trying leading lines again and angles...but I got it wrong. And, it simply didn't turn out interesting!
Here...rule of thirds. They told us to try to keep the subject out of the middle...that it adds more interest if the subject is off center. Do love the colors tho...
Leading lines...but, they didn't really lead anywhere...ugh!!! What was I thinking???
Took this one with no flash. Also leading lines again and tried for an angle.
I forgot what all I was trying on this one.
This one is in my class outline under picture possibilities. They gave us all sorts of ideas for possible cool pics. They displayed their pictures and we all ood and awed. This is more of a YIKES...what is it???
This has been so much fun. I've learned so much and know, deep in my heart, to not get discouraged. I need lots of practice. It's simply not as easy as a good photographer makes it look
So...I will continue to go to classes, will read all sorts of books, look at beautiful pictures and practice, practice, practice...and maybe a few