What an amazing and overwhelming adventure my big girl camera has taken me on the last few weeks! So much to learn, I can't imagine how many years it would take someone to be a real professional. It's dizzying.
I mean, there's composition, lighting, and posing. There's all the equipment and lenses, and how to use the settings to achieve desired exposure. Aperture, shutter speed, ISO. Drive modes, manual modes, white balance, and exposure compensation. Such a merger of art, science, math, and technology.
In other words: venturing out of automatic mode takes some practice.
(you can even see the dust!)
Then there's the post-processing (I'm still using Picassa). Cropping, straightening, lightening, contrast, color boost just to name a few basic fixes. Lightroom is coming, just not yet.
What is photography without subject matter? These days I feel as if I am limited to my domestic world of children, knickknacks, and the view out my window. There are dozens of genres to explore: landscape, travel, portraits, self-portraiture, repetition, nature, wildlife, stairways, food, pets, children, sports, etc. I am dying to get out & about.
So satisfying, so much to learn!
(The giveaway is still on, keep the entries coming and we'll see how many roll in by Friday. At this point, everyone who commented just may win a book!)