"...a knowledge of photography is just as important as that of the alphabet. The illiterates of the future will be ignorant of the use of the camera and pen alike."
As I venture deeper into the blogosphere, I am quickly seeing that I need more knowledge of my camera. While I think my eye is good, I am quickly seeing that I know very little about proper lighting and the technical business of my camera. I am seeing poor lighting and fuzzy images too often. I won't even point out the overlooked details like shelves stacked next to the range. . .Thanks to the inspiration of some really great bloggers who happen to be accomplished photographers, I realize more than ever that this old dog needs to learn some new tricks! So, I opened a book tonight, one that my father gave me years ago, pre-digital days. He knows I have a good eye but also that I could use the camera to express it better. While the book isn't about digital cameras (I do know enough you don't use the automatic settings on your camera for blogging) I think the fundamentals and description of the manual settings are timeless. So what do all the F settings mean? This book is a jumping off point for me.
One of my past loves is now an accomplished photographer. We used to go out on shoots which are some of my favorite memories. I should have payed more attention in those days! I was too busy being in love! Think I will look into classes through adult continuing education next. So this is my pledge to you (and to me) to learn a new trick and share the journey with you!
In case you are wondering. . .this is a vase filled with triangular strips of left over paper from a project I am working on. They are cut out of a book and I curled one up and loved how it looked. Next thing I know, I am in my attic digging out a vase and sticking them in it. Great vignette and better than flowers because my baby kitten (did I say hellion?) has no interest in it like she does with all plants and flowers. That is why I currently don't have any i my house!
As my dear sweet friend said to me when I expressed needing to grow with my camera. ". . .never quit photographing the details of your life"