I got a camera for Christmas :)
It's a real camera (as opposed to the camera on my Android), a Canon PowerShot G16. I have been practicing my photography skills for 6 days. I'm blogging so I can look back and see how much I have improved. Here are my best photos by day.
12.25.2013 - Tony, the gifter.
I'm using Lightroom editing software. My friend Steve introduced me to post-crop
vignetting. It's easy to go too far with that, I know. But I kind of dig it, you know? And as a different Steve once said, "If you can't overindulge, what's the point?"
I also dig the perspective of the following poster.
I quite like vignetting in some situations, and if used properly with a gentle hand it can help draw the eye into an image. I would be less concerned about what other photographers like and focus more on what you like, so keep appyling vignetting if you feel it suits the image. :-) "Egglington" - Whirlpool.net.au forum poster.
So. There. You. Go. That seems like a very Montessori approach to vignetting and most other situations I may encounter as I slog my way into enjoyable amateur photography.
12.25.2013 - My mom frying 4 pounds of oysters.
12.25.2013 - My dad.
I'm comfortable admitting that I have no clue what I'm doing. For example, it took me 5 days to find my way out of auto mode.
12.27.2013 - Senior photo shoot.
This was fun.
12.27.2013 - The elevator.
Roxi tries to stay warm between locations. I like the symmetry and the way the reflections suggest movement.
12.27.2013 - Portrait in the alley.
It was really cold and windy in that alley. Tony graciously offered his body as a windscreen. I had no idea where to begin editing this. I could have begun by composing a better shot.
12.29.2013 - Birthday dinner.
Getting better. The money and card are in focus (mostly) and the people in the background are soft. I love the story this photo tells. And the person telling it.
12.29.2013 - The family.
This is the first time I used Lightroom to "photoshop" a photo. I didn't make a copy of the original but the following photo was snapped immediately after and shows what I removed.
It's an improvement.
One big challenge I face is my utter lack of objectivity. I can't be objective about the quality of the following photo, for example, because it's my dog.
12.29.2013 - Winston
Good photo? I've got no idea. He's just so stinkin' cute. And the winter afternoon natural light doesn't hurt.
Tony is letting me borrow his flat-screen monitor and my photos look bright and lovely when I view them there. But when I view them on my laptop screen, they look so very dark. That's just one more thing I have to figure out.
12.30.2013 - Tiny Santa and friends.
12/30/2013 - Tiny Santa on my desk.
Somebody's been experimenting with depth of field!
12.30.2013 - Edmonton Oilers hat. An outdoor DOF experiment.
I'm beginning to understand f-stops, shutter speed and ISO.
I found ExposureGuide.com today and it's been very helpful. They posted this awesome graphic of how ISO, shutter speed, and f-stops work. It's perfect for those of us who thrive on visuals.
12.30.2013 - The gargoyle.
He's so awesome he scares me. The best thus far.