It all just happened so fast. Last weekend I heard that my friend, Heidi, was selling her two year-old Canon Rebel XT so I called her on a whim to see how much she was asking for it. I relayed the price to Steve and he didn’t give me a downright “no”, which I interpreted as a tentative “maybe” which would lead to an eventual “yes”. Push came to shove and yesterday Heidi showed up at my door with my destiny in her hands. I have wanted to learn the manual functions of a DSLR for a long time, but that desire was set on the back burner when life got busy, funds got short, and all of my friends became photography professionals so I didn’t need to bother learning the tricks of the trade since I was able to coerce them into snapping pics of my kid. But when the opportunity to own a very gently used DSLR that would be great to learn on came knocking on my door, I realized that, yes, this is really something I want to take advantage of. There have been many times when I’ve taken photos of Avelyn and wished I had the skills to take them to the next level and really capture the moments as I felt them.
So. Here I go. Dipping my baby toe into the lake of manual functions and trying to wrap my mind around aperture and shutter speed and ISO.
Christy shared some of her knowledge with me this morning and I am going to practice, practice, practice. Here is my first piece. I call it “Still Life With Diet Coke And Look! I Was Able to Make the Background All Blurry Which Is Just What I Wanted To Do! Isn’t That Called Depth Of Field Or Something? Neat.”