otherwise entitled: A Good Camera Does Not a Good Photographer Make.
Have I mentioned that I got a new camera? The SLR of my dreams? Well I did. I saved for a long time for this treasure, and as soon as Allan got a job, I finally made the plunge. I’ve had a lot of fun playing with it, but I’ve learned a sad truth which is: I still don’t know how to take good pictures. Bummer, right?
I had been planning on doing a little photo shoot with my kids in their sweet Easter get-up I made them, and when we moved into our house I found the perfect location. Across our street there’s a lovely little house that has this mini field of poppies in happy bloom, with a tiny little glade complete with deer statues. I asked my very nice neighbor if I could take pictures there, and then I waited til Saturday when Allan could help. In my mind it was going to be just brilliant, and I was already printing large beautiful copies of the fantasy photos in my head. It turned out a huge disappointment. As soon as I got out there I realized that A) Tiny was tired and cranky, and in no mood for pictures. and B) Neither was Tito and C) the lighting was awful. But I didn’t even know what time of day would be better (it was like…2 pmish). Or what equipment I need to buy (one of those light diffuser thingies?) I’m lost! And half the pictures aren’t focused, and my kids aren’t really smiling in any of them. I didn’t get a single really good shot, and I’m kinda bummed. I mean, it’s something, and I’m glad about that, but I can see that I have a lot to learn. My fantasy photography skills aren’t just going to blossom overnight.
So I’m asking you. Where did you learn how to use your SLR? Any ebooks/courses or books you’d recommend? What are your camera must-haves? What time of day is best to take pictures?? Where should I start?