But now.. in our new fantastic home with TONS of natural light... I have begun to experiment. Today, Jordan got in trouble and wasn't allowed to have Family Home Evening with his cousins. Instead, we ventured off to the nearby park and had a quick lesson and some fun on the playground. While Andy and Jordan played, I lay on a mat and took photos of Bubba and the scenery. The scenery photos are boring, just a bunch of trees with sunlight poking from behind and me trying to figure out if I got more or less light, more or less focused with each button on my manual setting. It was fun though!
In my own humble opinion, not bad for a beginner. HAHAHAHA. But seriously, so much fun. That's all I want to do with photography. Capture photos of my kids... significant family events... etc. I know a lot of moms end up doing photography on the side to earn cash (so awesome right? and kind of a Mormon thing but really just a mom thing), but that seems like a huge weekend commitment and BlueSky is amazing and my skillset is really more with spreadsheets, operations, and people anyway, but as a hobby? SO MUCH FUN!
And, I have a well defined plan that lays out the journey I hope to take with photography. I will play with the manual settings wherever I go, until I know pretty immediately exactly what aperture, shutter speed and ISO I need for the existing light I have around me. Then, I will venture into learning how to edit photos. Meanwhile, I will experiment with my own creativity and shots that I envision in my head or, let's be real, what I've seen and like and want to mimic (isn't imitation the best form of flattery?!). Next, I will check out some photography books from the library and begin to read more about the mechanics of photography. Lastly, I will make a goal of purchasing an additional expensive lens that may help me obtain the creative shots I will want at that point. Let's see how far I get! Oh and somewhere in the middle, I want to ask for a remote control so I can take photos with myself in them! HEHEHE. The automatic timer combined with our tri-pod is good for now.