Also, knowing how to crop your photos and tweak the contrasts doesn't hurt either (iPhoto you rock my world). I learned that lesson from my friend Jennifer, who told me she crops the heck out of her photos and avoids using a flash when possible.
My Woman of Wonder mission this week was:
Get back in touch with the things that make you truly happy and capture these picture perfect moments in photographs.
That's a pretty good mission, but I feel like to really capture these "picture perfect moments" I need to take my skills to the next level and learn how to use a real camera instead of the point and shoot camera I'm currently using. I've been saving up for a DSLR camera for the past year, and I decided to bite the bullet and get it. Really, this mission is going to be a two part deal. This first part is me getting my camera (yahoo!). The next part will take place in a few weeks when I learn how to use this fancy contraption.
I purchased my new camera (a Nikon d3000) at Henry's - a top notch photography store where I live. They specialize in all things cameras, so I felt more comfortable buying it there instead of a big box type store. I know if I ever have a problem the folks at Henry's will actually be able to help me and the fact that they offer photography courses for beginners is also something that I think is important. This video is of me getting my camera. Please try to ignore the sales guy talking super loud in the background of the video. We tried to move away from him, but I swear his voice got louder the further away we got (true story). Also - thanks to Rob and Alisha - you guys rock!
In addition to getting a new camera, I picked up the book Expressive Photography. I had the opportunity to hear one of the book's authors Kate Inglis speak at Blissdom Canada a few weeks ago, and I found her take on photography fascinating. I highly recommend you pick up a copy - it will make you want to become a better photographer.
This really is mission 4-a, seeing as I need to take some time to monkey around with my new camera to figure out how to make it work for me. I will post part 4-b after I complete the Nikon Part 1 course at Henry's later this month. Stay tuned!
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