The Beginner Photo Challenger

One of my dreams came true this past Christmas when I received a camera from my husband and mother-in-law. I have been spending a lot of time getting to know this complex machine.

It’s like having a new baby. I have to take it with me wherever I go. Just like how I used to have to pack a diaper bag for the baby, I need to make sure that I have a back up battery, lens covers, and cleaning kit. I haven’t even introduced myself to the tripod and filters yet. I have become that person…I have a new bulky accessory. It’s a bit heavy and it protrudes out of the front of my chest. This is my new boob job. And I’m okay with people staring at it. I’ve fell asleep with it in my arms and I’ve cradled it carefully, but very clumsily as I do not dare want it to fall out of my grasp. “Why don’t you just put the strap around your neck Moooom!?!” Mehana suggests with exasperation. And that I did and life became easier.

I really wasn’t expecting this new friend to just show up in my life and I do indeed remain grateful. There is so much to learn, new terminology and many ways to step out of my comfort zone.

I follow a photography blog: DPS: Digital Photography School where they offer great tips on everything that I need to know about photography. On a recent post called Your First DSLR?-now what?! by Daneilla Bedall, I read that ISO and aperture and shutter speed, are some of the many things that I really need to understand. I still need to take the time to soak it all in because my excitement to click-click-click away is getting the best of me. The pictures that I’m seeing on my screen are just enough for me to be in awe but I know that I can even improve them more once I know more. Furthermore, the post offered even more great links like Tips for Beginners and it led me to a whole new other world of information! So to eliminate confusion on my part, I know that I’m just gonna have to focus on one thing at a time. I can’t do my best when there’s just too much information handed out to me at one time.

Next up: Photo Challenges
To prevent my new camera friend from being lonely and dusty, I’ve looked into some photo challenges available on DPS and daily and weekly/prompts on WordPress. Also, it’ll help inspire me to post on a regular basis.

The Burning Bush

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Love and Blessings….
Mrs. Halpern

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