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Where it all begins

03/01/2016

This seems a bit cliché but for me I believe it’s a great place to start…right at the beginning. No I’m not going to go back to my birth and all of that jazz, though it’s a great story. No, I’m going to dive into my love for being behind the camera and the magic that is photography for me.

Happy girl back in 2012

Happy girl back in 2012

So the picture you see is the first day I was given a DSLR camera (granted my father said it was for us to ‘share’ but we know it was for me). For years I have loved taking photos. Every family event usually ended with me taking at least 300 pictures of intimate moments, candid shots and even shots of a greatly decorated table. As the years went on I started looking into getting a better camera, rather than the point and shoot cameras I had, and also really trying to get into photography and understanding its background. With so many different models from Canon and Nikon and Sony and the list goes on, it was hard for me to make a decision. Plus there was the idea of, ‘Do I really want to spend this much money on a camera that may not even be that good.’ Over the years I’ve learned that it’s not only about the gear you have but more about the operator.

YIKES!

YIKES!

Ok, this I’m not so proud of. This photo is one of the first photos I had taken with my new Nikon D7000. Around this time I still was new to the real world of photography. I knew there were different manufacturers but I didn’t know the best type, I didn’t understand full fame versus crop sensors (not to say I’m an expert now or anything), I definitely didn’t understand the difference between shooting in manual mode versus automatic, then you throw in Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority, I was lost! So I started taking this online photography course which helped a lot I believe but this picture really didn’t do any justice to what I learned.

As time went on and I began practicing more and watching more tutorials online (many of them free on YouTube) I started to get better and understanding what it takes to create a great picture. There is a reason I wrote ‘create’ instead of ‘take’ a great picture. I believe anyone can take a picture but it is something completely different to create an image (but I’ll explain that in another post).

I hope you enjoyed my tiny rant. For my first blog I don’t think it was too bad. But hey what do I know I wrote the thing.

Snap y’all later!