Six Months with My DSLR. My Photography Journey.
My sweet friend Katie of Pickles&Paisleys inspired me to write this post. She paid me the best compliment ever. Katie told me she could tell how hard I have worked at improving my photography and that my pictures reflect my efforts. SO sweet. I have had my trusty little DSLR for six months. Let’s see how far I have come. No laughing. Okay a little laughing is fine.
Shooting in Auto in my mother’s backyard. My husband had finally arrived from moving our things into our apartment in Ithaca. He was not amused with my latest purchase. I didn’t care too much since I was so impressed with my camera’s ability to actually freeze motion and capture all the bubbles. So. Impressed. I won him over. He is a nice guy that loves to see me happy.
Settings: ISO 3200 | f 4.5 | 1/320 | 36mm | Lens: 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II (kit lens)
Still shooting in Auto. I started venturing into other settings like ‘Creative Auto’. This is straight out of the camera. No processing. I fiddled with a setting in CA and was so proud of myself. I love this shot. Pweezy was feeding Cmoney a frozen yogurt stick on a crazy hot day. Look closely at the left of Pweey’s head. He was sweating bullets!
Settings: ISO 100 | f 5.6 | 1/200 | 55mm | Lens: 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II (kit lens)
At this point I began to take notice of the effects of light on my pictures. I was shooting in Manual if I am not mistaken. I knew enough to avoid the pop up flash but obviously had to crank the ISO way up. The picture is a little soft and fuzzy.
Settings: ISO 1600 | f 3.5 | 1/40 | 18mm | Lens: 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II (kit lens)
Awwww ya. I joined Clickin Moms and started taking my self paced photography education seriously. This is my current iPhone screen saver. To say I love this picture is an understatement. I *adore* it. Whenever Cmoney steals my phone and sees this image she gets the biggest smile on her face. Love. I processed this shot a bit in Photoshop. I don’t remember which action I used. I know I chopped off some of his elbow but I don’t care. This picture is perfect to me.
Settings: ISO 100 | f 4.0 | 1/320 |28mm | Lens: 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II (kit lens)
My sister bought me my first prime (non zoom) lens for my birthday in August. It is just a little 50mm f 1.8 II but it changed my life. I think I am a prime girl for life. After receiving some critique from fellow Clickin Moms I started paying closer attention to aperture. I kept reading to “shoot wide open” with my aperture as large as it would go but as it turns out all lenses have a sweet spot. I toyed with it a little bit. I also began shooting exclusively in RAW format. The files take up a lot of space so I only save my favorites in RAW and convert the rest to JPEG. I like to save my favorites in RAW because as I progress in my processing education I like to go back and play with older shots. It also gives me some beginner wiggle room. I can fix some of my mistakes when post processing. It was the first chilly day of autumn and we were outside having fun at the park as usual. I shot at 2.2 and although the picture is a little soft my sweet little garden gnome is clear enough. This picture is straight out of the camera with the exception of RAW to JPEG formatting that Photoshop does.
Settings: ISO 100 | f 2.2 | 1/125 | Lens: 50mm f 1.4 II
I am still a member of Clickin Moms and am addicted. I spend hours in the forum on my iPhone app when I am awake with a nursing/crying/fussy child. I have participated in a few great photography e courses, read a handful of great books, studied countless photography blogs, and signed up for my first Clickin Moms course. I have a long way to go but I am enjoying the journey. It isn’t easy to devote time to my hobby. I have sacrificed some sleep and sanity but I enjoy every minute of it. It is worth it to me.
Settings: ISO 200 | f 1.8 | 1/3200 | Lens: 50mm f 1.4 II
Thanks for all the encouragement and support. I appreciate it so much.