It's no secret that I love photography. My love for capturing everything on camera began over ten years ago when I had a simple point and shoot camera. When my husband and I purchased our first SLR camera, the photography bug really grew. While most of the time I kept the camera on all the automatic settings, I was slowly beginning to learn how to manually take photographs. There were literally hundreds and hundreds rolls of film that I took while using that camera. Keeping up with getting film developed became quite a task. In fact, I still have rolls of film that need to be developed. Last Spring, we gave into technology (my husband will say he gave into my begging and pleading for a new camera) with the purchase of a Nikon D60. I am finding that digital photography is a whole new ball game, and I have a whole lot to learn.
So, I am reading my manual and learning everything I can about my camera. Fortunately, I have a couple friends that are excellent photographers who are very patient with me and willing to teach and offer advice that I really appreciate. And finally, it comes down to only one thing... PRACTICE. There really is no other way to get better, so I am taking a lot of pictures. Like millions of them. I take pictures of my kids, my feet and random stationary objects. There are times when we are watching TV and I pull out my camera and just start taking pictures.
When I heard of Project 365, I thought it would be a very creative, fun and enjoyable way to practice taking pictures.
Here is why I want to do this:
1.) I would like to gain a better understanding of the technical side of photography.
2.) To be more confident when I am taking pictures. My lack of knowledge often leads to a whole lot of frustration.
3.) To capture memories and document our family's life for a year.
4.) Develop my eye for seeing things in a new way.
5.) It gives me a really good excuse to take my camera with me everywhere I go.
So, today marks Day 1 with the picture of me relaxing on the sofa with my cozy slippers and my ever faithful manual book.
I also have another blog up and running now as a way for me to document the pictures I take. You can click here or link to it from over on my sidebar.