Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Learning Curve. (of photography)

So, this weekend I took the first step toward becoming an accomplished photographer and wandered away from the auto setting. I am completely intimidated and overwhelmed. To be honest it feels very similar to the first day of a class that you know isn't going to be a gimme. I have always wanted to "master" photography; well for as long as I can remember anyway, but just haven't had any idea how to do it. This past winter my step-sister blessed me with her old camera. Hey, it might be old to her, but it is certainly new to me.

I am working with a Canon PowerShot S3 iS. From everything that I have read about it, it seems like I have a pretty great beginners camera. I am really excited to take a few more outings with just myself and my camera. I know the learning curve for me is going to be a pretty steep one. I feel like my head is just full of words all jumbled around that mean nothing to me. Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, Field of Depth, AWB, AP Focus, Exposure, Flash Output. There are just so many new terms and values that it seems like I am trying to master string theory. Big aperture values means large field of depth and small aperture values mean small field of depth or then again maybe not. Who knows? NOT ME!  I know once I start taking pictures and keep messing with all the different settings it won't all seem like a foreign language, but right now it does. 

Anyway I thought I would put up some of the pictures I took this weekend. A lot of the bloggers I follow are also photographers, so if any of you have any advice... I surely welcome it. 

I've included some that I think worked, as well as, ones that obviously didn't. Thanks for reading!!!


  1. I like #4 the best. I'm a real sucker for flower close-ups. Have fun with that new (to you!) camera.

  2. I think your pictures turned out great. They always look so much better when they are up on the computer than on the tiny screen. I had a lot of fun with you Saturday snapping photos! Glad we have one more hobby to share : )

  3. Nice pics! I rely on "auto" setting far too much. Thanks for inspiring me to try on my own. :)


  4. I too rely on auto too often, but am getting better about stepping out on That is one of the things I want to accomplish, understanding the settings on my camera. It is getting better but I still not confident with it. I got a photography course on cd's from outdoor photography magazine. I bought the first 4 or 5 because they were the basics. Have not had time to really study them but they seem very interesting and informative. They were right at $30 a piece, but well worth it. On my list of things to do. Your pics are good!
    until next time... nel