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Photography 101

Posted Wednesday, January 30, 2008, at 9:46 AM

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Picture taken this morning of our cat who thinks he can match the squirrels
As if I don't blog enough with gardening, eBay and miscellaneous things, I would like to see more blogging on photography.

This is another one of those things that I just enjoy. I have learned 35mm film photography through college classes, reading and experience, but where I am still floundering is digital, so I look forward to getting conversations going where I can learn.

Hopefully, in the exchange, many more of you will learn as well. We see so many neat things that we wish we could show others and photography is the way.

My brother happened to have a specialty in macro-photography that opened up a whole new world. Some years back he put it down, for reasons he could never identify, but I have been the recipient of all his equipment, which is great, but it is all film oriented and film is not where I want to go.

Hours upon hours in the darkroom convinced me to put the camera down as well. Too many chemicals, bending over and working in the dark. Digital has re-awakened the photographer in me, but there is a definite learning curve.

I have played with point and shoot cameras that can do wonderful things, but I want to manipulate the shutter speed, depth of field, take macro and sports photos. The new digital SLR is where I want to go. Besides, I am told that if I go with Nikon, I can use most of my brother's lenses.


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Steve, I just gotta ask you something. And, I mean this with the most lighthearted sense of humor, okay?

But, I just gotta know... don't you have anything to do? You have a huge garden(compared to mine),you are taking care of Nature and the wildlife, you are an Ebay master, computer techie, and now you're telling us about your photography. Wow! If I had so many projects going all at once, I'd forget what I was doing! I do good to have a couple of knitting needles going while singing my fave 80's tunes. LOL!

I just wanted to take a friendly, humorous poke at ya. I really enjoy reading all your 'ramblings'. Keep up the good stuff. I've once heard a phrase.. an empty mind is the devil's playground, and the devil's name is Alzheimer's. I think your mind is too busy for him, lol!

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 10:13 AM

You're lucky to have inherited a bunch of photography equipment. I'm looking forward to reading your posts about photography.

-- Posted by cfrich on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 10:21 AM

A busy mind is probably why I don't sleep much. It could also be interpreted as a sick mind, but.....

I am also the sales manager for a company that does business around the world (mainly North America and Europe) Of course, that is in my spare time.

What suffers is the OTHER projects around the house, like finishing my bathroom project started during the holidays, or fixing and painting the garage, re-claiming a back field that has become overgrown, etc. I never know when I am going to leave this reality, so I keep plugging along.

ANYWAY, back to photography, do we have anyone (and I know we do) who has used the new SLR digitals? Maybe some newspaper people who take great shots of the games. Hint, hint!

If so, how do you like them compared to film?

The newer ones seem to be able to stop action nicely, but do you still have to anticipate the shot?

Anyone done macro with it?

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 1:14 PM

cfrich, actually I hope we get posts of a lot of other folks. If not, my knowledge will be used up quickly.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 1:37 PM

I am not sure if my word means much, but I have used a digital SLR for about 4 years now. I did use 35 mm professionally beforehand and am ever-grateful that I broke open my penny bank to make the investment.

It took months of eating Ramen noodles to save up, but I purchased a Canon EOS Digital Rebel (6.3 megapixels). That night at Best Buy successfully changed my life.

I have never taken any classes in photography like yourself. I did manage a photo lab for Kodak for three years. But, I am a self-taught photographer and the digital age has helped me greatly to get where I am today. Now I can snap off 10 pics or so and figure out right away where I need to set my ISO, white balance, shutter speed and aperture. I don't have to wonder what I got and swing by some drug store every other day to get my film developed. I am still like a kid in a candy store filled with anticipation as my laptop downloads my shots every night.

-- Posted by Parker on Thu, Jan 31, 2008, at 1:08 AM

That is what I wanted to hear! When our daughter was getting started in photography she did not want to learn, just do. Gratefully digital came along.

When you say snap off 10 pics, do you mean rapid fire? Is that how you get great motion shots? Pick the best one later?

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jan 31, 2008, at 8:37 AM

I just added a picture of our cat flying through the air, taken this morning. I wanted to catch him as he climbed the tree with all four paws stretched out, but I was too slow.

Anyone know how we can post multiple pictures? I want to show the before editing and after editing.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jan 31, 2008, at 12:25 PM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.