I've had a nice DSLR for a few years, but up until recently I just honestly didn't know how to really use it out of auto, which makes it really no better than a good point and shoot. I have been determined to learn how to USE my camera, to figure out what I could do with my camera. I was able to take a great 4 week class and learned so much of how to really use my camera, and I truly hope I have a good eye.
I have a long, long, long way to go. I am not a professional, I am so far from being one it's not even funny, but I'm determined to become more than just decent, but good. My purposes to take beautiful photo's of my babies, so I can stop paying other people to do it, well other than family ones that include me! ;)
I'm including ones that I took on field trips with my class, as well as ones I've been taking at home being intentional on trying to pay attention to the light, adjusting fstop and shutter speed, ISO, etc. There's a lot of growing I still have to do. I'm thankful I have beautiful little models to practice on, I live in a beautiful area (Kansas...yes it's beautiful here) to practice on with landscape, lakes, sunsets (seriously we have some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world), flowers, etc. I will keep working, keep taking classes, keep learning, and hopefully in the near future I'll start feeling happier with this art that I can cut out the middle man when it comes to my kids pictures! :)
Like I said, I have a long ways to go, but it's a start and I can already see a difference.