Thursday, February 10, 2011

snap happy: throwing down a challenge...

Since Boogie was born I've become very snap happy.  J's present to me when Boogie arrived was a brand new, Canon Rebel XS; not the fanciest of fancy cameras for all you pros out there, but for me....perfect!

My original goal of getting a 'nice' camera was to be able to take the best pictures of our little man as I possibly could.  I wanted to be able to look back one day and relive all these moments as if they were yesterday. But...I feel like this camera is growing into a passion or even an obsession.....I'm starting to challenge myself to learn more and try new things.  I took a very basic intro to digital photography class last night and I left incredibly inspired and driven to learn and take lots and lots of pictures.  I left class feeling like I was finally starting to grasp some basic concepts. I now feel confident enough to move out of the preset programs and into the 'do it yourself' settings......but more importantly, I finally realized how much there is to learn and if I ever want to get better then I better start practicing!

I'm not one to make 'new year's resolutions' so, I'm not going to call it that, but I'm throwing down a challenge for myself.   At least once/week I will challenge myself to aim the camera at something other than my adorable little man and stretch my creativity.  There are tons of blogs out there that give 'photo challenges' monthly, weekly, even daily.  I'll use those ideas as inspiration and share my journey with you here. And, yes, Sweet Peas & Sassafras: Project 365, I may have stolen your idea.....consider it a compliment as you are one of those that inspire me :)

I welcome critiques and ideas! Keep an eye out for blog posts titled snap happy......

Before I go I want to share with you my very first picture in 'Manual'.  Yea, I know it's far from perfect, but for a first attempt, I think I did pretty well....


  1. Awesome, awesome, awesome! I'm in! I need to pick up my slack big time with the 365 blog. :) I love your lens cap picture, btw!

  2. Where did you take your class? I'm in the same boat, I have a nice Canon that I do not know how to do "fun" stuff with.