Anyway, when Peter got me my fancy pants Nikon D5000, I was pregnant. I knew that the camera came with free photography classes, but the sessions came and went. First, I was too sick. Then, it was summer and I didn't want to take time out of the season (the perfect season for picture taking) for sitting inside. When the fall sessions came around, I was as big as a house, and the thought of sitting on a folding chair for 2 hours at a time sounded simply horrid. In December, I took a look at the 2011 schedule of classes, and signed up for as many as I could. I'll be able to get in all the classes I want before I go back to school in March.
Tonight's class was Photography 101. I didn't know what to expect, and so far I'm not too impressed. But hey, the class was free, and we randomly sat next to one of my mom's old boyfriends. :) We were the youngest people there, and the teacher definitely fit in more with the older crowd. He talked really s-l-o-w-l-y, pronounced words like "what" as "h-wat" and was impressed that Peter and I had sent pictures to other people using "electronic mail." However, he explained things about aperture, contrast, while balance, and other manual stuff that my camera can do that I've never tried before, so I'll be playing with the manual settings these next few weeks, and will hopefully post pictures to show you what I've learned.
While we were sitting there, I decided to come up with a wish list of all the photography things that I want. Instead of pictures of my own, please allow a little self indulgence... and feel free to drool along with me!
First, with all of this expensive equipment, I need a good case to carry my things in, right? I'm absolutely adoring this wonderful bag from Jo Totes... I even think I could fit diapers in there!!
And since my bag will be so cute, I'll have to get a new camera strap that will tie the whole ensemble together...
Now for actual camera stuff... I want a filter to put on my lens so I can make pretty stars out of light :)
And how about a wireless remote control so I could actually BE in the pictures some of the time?
One more lens wouldn't be too much, right? I'm not technical enough yet to understand what lens I want, or even if I already have one that works. I just know I want to take pictures like this! See how the girl is so clear and the background is blurry? I love it.
Finally, if I'm taking all these pictures, I might as well be able to make them all fancy and professional looking, right? I did a bunch of searching last summer, and found a great, cheap way to edit photos with Funtastic Photos, but right now its just not cutting it. I would just love to be able to play with Photoshop's Lightroom 3. Drool...
Thank you for letting me take the time and get out some of my "gimmies." At least I'm drooling over things that the whole family would get something out of, right?
Tomorrow is football (go bears!), and then Peter's off to the Blackhawks game. So, no new recipes tomorrow. However, Monday is the start of a whole new week! Like I said before, it's Peter's choice this week, so we'll see what that will bring.