Okay, so I'm slightly obsessed with pictures...in case you haven't noticed already. I love everything to do with pictures...taking pictures, having professional sessions done of our family, printing pictures, decorating my home with pictures (even though I desperately need to work on updating them), scrapbooking, making photobooks, giving photos as gifts, doing this photo on canvas project, and I even love looking at random photographer websites/blogs to appreciate their talent. So you get the point.
There's just one thing. I really want to work on my own photography skills. I am a perfectionist so taking "just okay" pictures is not okay with me. I want them to look perfect...the coloring, the clarity, the composition, everything. I have absolutely no interest in ever doing photography for a living. I just simply want to take good photos of my children. Actually, I want to take excellent photos of my children. I absolutely love capturing memories of them. They grow up right before our eyes, so capturing those priceless moments is very important to me.
Over the past couple of years, I have began to realize how passionate I really am about photography. I have always loved pictures, but until recently I never had the desire to do better with taking them myself. I now want to change that. I want to try to improve my skills. I think photography is an art, and its something that I want to be good at.
I actually did take a digital photography class in college a few years ago, but to be honest I did not pay enough attention...something I strongly regret. I was so focused on excelling in every class that I did what I had to do to get an A and really didn't learn anything (it didn't help that the professor was B.O.R.I.N.G.). For that class though, my dad bought a Canon Rebel xTi for me to use. Here recently, I have really tried to start using the camera again. And I've tried getting out of Automatic, which is scary for me because I don't want to miss those moments by having it on any incorrect settings, but I also know that to get beautiful photos I need to step out of my comfort zone a little and play around with my camera. Alot of what I've tried researching about the ISO and aperature etc is all a bit over my head. I seem to understand what it all is until I have the camera in my hand, then it's all a blur and the information I had stored in my little brain gets mixed up. This little cheat sheet that I found on Pinterest is very helpful...and would be even more helpful if my printer would stop being moody and print it for me...
Anyways, I would love to have the time and the money in the future...the near future...to take a photography class, but right now it's just not feasible. So, to any of my readers who know a thing or two about photography, do you have any tips or suggestions for me? What are some basic steps I can take to improve my photography skills? Any advice would be helpful!