A couple of years ago, I bought a DSLR camera body on eBay and have been sporadically taking pictures without any real idea how to use my camera, and no real understanding of principles of photography or how to take photographs. Not surprisingly, I ended up disappointed with the majority of my pictures, and eventually lost motivation to use the “big” camera.
For Christmas this year, though, Santa found a deal on Living Social for a Basic DSLR 6-hour Photography workshop and signed me up. The workshop was a few weeks ago and it far exceeded my expectations. Among the basics like, understanding what aperture is, when and why I’d want to change it, and how to do so on my own DSLR camera – I also now have a reason to take pictures – practice.
I realized that the only way I’m going to improve is to take pictures for the purpose of leaning photography. I’ve always taken pictures for the purpose of documentation and memories – and I always will – but to improve those pictures, I need to do some homework.
In that vein, I now have a goal of using my “big” camera daily. I have a goal of posting 1 picture per day in this space. Most likely, I will post a week’s worth of pictures in one blog post – but each picture will be taken on the day it represents. I use Aperture by Apple to manage my photos and will do some basic touchup (exposure, cropping, straightening) before posting some (most) photos. I’ll try to note changes if I remember them when I post. Otherwise, just know they may be slightly edited.
All that is to say – here are the first of the 365 pictures I intend to post here this year. I started on Friday, 2/15, so there are only 3 pictures for last week. There should be 7 next week.
365 Pictures: Days 1 – 3
1) Friday – Feb 15, 2013 – Day 1 at Ray’s MTB Women’s Weekend. Women only on Friday until 4pm.
2) Saturday – Feb 16, 2013 – Day 2 at Ray’s MTB. Amazing BMX rider in the SkatePark. (photo editing note: This picture has been cropped)
3) Sunday – Feb 17, 2013 – Last night’s dinner in progress – homemade Chicken Noodle Soup.