One of the most exciting things in my life right now is my new camera! I finally joined the digital photography age, and got my first Digital SLR camera this Christmas. I so missed being able to take photos manually, with a camera that allowed me to set the aperture and other settings. I now feel sorry for my son, Dylan, who only has mediocre photos of himself as a baby. Sylvie, if I can help it, should have some real stunners!
I have dabbled in photography for a long time. My undergraduate degree is in film production and studies, and during that time I studied the elements of framing shots to tell a story and convey meaning. I took photography classes in university, and learned about developing in darkrooms (I process which I love). But, when the digital age hit, I guess I was a step behind. My point and shoot was not cutting it. So, now I feel as though I have finally arrived (well, maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but I do feel good).
And so, in honour of my new camera, I have made myself a promise to take photos everyday. Partly, to see all that is beautiful in life, and partly for practice, practice, practice. I have dreams of a little home studio, and am excited about reconnecting with the art of photography. I started off wanting to take beautiful photos of my kids, but now that I am on a role who knows how far I might go?
Yesterday, while flitting around the web, I landed on a great site. MCP Actions is a company that sells photoshop presets for your photos – to make them look really pretty. They have a weekly photo challenge, and I thought, “Perfect! A challenge I can handle.” You submit one photo a week, and they even give you handy little themes to follow.
So I have a new banner on my blog and a new commitment. I’ll be posting my weekly photo on my blog, so you can all see how truly lovely it is.