Having children only fueled the flames of my passion for photography. I got a better camera (this one took pictures up to 3.3 megapixels, which I was soooo excited about at the time!) and I made Riley and Kaiya do all kinds of crazy things with props, costumes, etc. all in the name of art. I went through a "Kim Anderson" phase where I did black and white with partial colorization. When the quints came along, they became easy targets of my hobby. With the quints I explored my inner "Anne Geddes" and made them pose in flower pots, wheelbarrows, chicken costumes, etc. I am not picky about my subjects---I love it when friends ask me to take their family picture because it gives me a chance to do something different and experiment a little (also families with older kids are usually better than toddlers at holding still! If all else fails, they can be bribed!)
I have had the same journal since I was eight years old and it is not even half full. If "a picture is worth a thousand words", then I am hoping that the thousands upon thousands of pictures I have taken over the years will make up for my lack of prose. We recently started looking into online computer back-up services to make sure that none of these valuable pictures is ever lost. Many of the sites we looked at had a limit of 50 gigs of storage, but reviewers claimed this was not a problem since the average person needs only 20 gigs. We have 200 gigs in pictures alone. Yikes!
Some of my pictures, through the years...
Exploring my "Kim Anderson" side with Riley and Kaiya
This one was inspired by "Lady and the Tramp"
Part of my "Anne Geddes" phase with the quints
So, where am I going with all of this? Well despite my love for photography, I still feel a bit clueless when it comes to my camera. I tend to leave my camera (I have a nice Sony DSLR these days) on "Auto", shoot pictures and hope for the best. I have many books on photography, and I know the basics of shutter speed, ISO, aperture, etc., however in the moment I can't always remember which settings are best for which lighting, subject type, etc. I am secretly jealous of people like my photographer friend, Kristen Duke, who know exactly what they are doing with their camera and who manage to get fabulous pictures no matter the situation. I have told Kristen on more than one occasion that I want to be her apprentice so I can learn all her secrets, so no one was more excited than me to learn that Kristen has published an e-book on photography basics. If you are a wannabe photographer like me, YOU NEED THIS BOOK! the book is called "Say No! to Auto" and it is a great introduction to getting over the fear of manual mode. It explains the basics, and has lists of guidelines for what ISO setting, f-stop, shutter speed, etc. are best in specific situations. Best of all, the book is actually made up of 4x6 jpg images so it can be printed out, bound (or put in a small photo album) and thrown in your camera bag for easy access when you are "in the moment". The e-book is available on Kristen's website. I am looking forward to "intermediate" and "advanced" e-books from Kristen in the future!