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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Continuing Education - Ideas Needed

I know that there have been some people popping by my blog here, coming from Pioneer Woman's photo tutorial posts. Welcome! Feel free to browse through the 6 parts of the DSLR Made Easy series that I've completed, to date. Maybe you'll pick up a tip or two, to help you grow in your photography eandeavors [or in my case, extreme obsession!]

I am looking for more ideas for future tutorials. Future ideas to discover, to research, mysteries to solve, information to give...

I've had someone mention editing tips, and I'll toss that idea around some. I am not an editing master. At. All. I don't even have the full blown Photoshop suite, because Photoshop Elements 7 and Lightroom 2 give me [more than] enough to work with. But, that said... I probably do have a couple of editing ideas that people could benefit from. When I first started editing, I just used the Windows Picture Viewer [or whatever it's called]. This lets you crop, adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, and temperature. Those are some of the most important editing functions, in my opinion! So I'll maybe work through some tutorials on that. If you have a Mac computer, I believe there's a similar counterpart that allows you to make those adjustments to your photos. If your computer doesn't have it, I believe Google has a Picasa program that is free to download, and that allows you to do those basic edits as well. Lots of options out there!

What else? What else do you want to know how to do, that you can't quite figure out? Or maybe you know how to do something, but it just isn't quite turning out the way you want it to. I have some things that I see in other people's photos where I say, "How do they do that?" I'm actually in the process of investigating some currently. I'll see what I find. If I solve some of those mysteries, I'll write about them here! Did I mention Google is my best friend??

If you have ideas, please feel free to leave them in the comment box below. Someone asked about shooting a sporting event like a basketball game. Poor lighting, fast moving subjects... that's a tough situation to conquer! While I wrote her back in a comment, maybe everyone would like to read up on that.

Let me know! [And keep in mind that there might be things you ask that I don't know. But - with Google as my aid, I'll find out!]

In the mean time, I had a GREAT day yesterday... I got a new camera! My primary Sony is now my backup and I welcomed it's big sister into my life. A Sony a700. After MUCH research, debate, and taking a serious look at what I need my camera to do, I decided on going the used route, saving money, and probably [hopefully] getting a full frame in another year, or so. Maybe it'll be my Christmas 2010 goal. Or... Summer 2011.

So, with this new camera will come new photos and new ideas. I'm really excited to see where it leads me. I'm in LOVE already. I could tell in the first 2 minutes of trying it out that it took better photos, had crisper detail, and the ISO is night and day different than what I was used to before. I can take a photo at ISO 6400 and have it be better than ISO 800 on my other camera. While I still LOVE my a200, the differences are huge!

Think about it; if there's anything you can suggest for a future tutorial, drop me a note!

*Good luck to my friend Quinn as she competes in a Miss Minnesota qualifier pageant tonight - I'll be praying silently, and cheering loudly from the audience! I love you!

Happy weekend!


  1. Secrets to taking photos at night. I was out tonight trying to take some pictures and got a lot of horrible glare. :)

  2. Yay for sharing photo tips! My Foto Friday series was a lot of fun to do, and I love when I see others sharing their knowledge. Yay, Laura!


  3. Angella - Your Foto Friday series was one of the ways that I learned the nitty gritty about my DSLR! It was also how I landed on your blog and I've been a reader ever since!

  4. Thanks for all you've shared...I'll be checking back. You are easy to understand and follow and it is much appreciated.


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