Photography 101

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originally posted July 6, 2011

So, you may have noticed that photography is listed as one of the topics you’ll read about on this blog. Go ahead, take a looksie, up there in the right hand corner, and you’ll even see it under the About This Blog heading. Well, please don’t take this to mean that I actually know anything about photography, because I do not. I’ve had my DSLR camera for a number of years but haven’t really taken the time to learn how to use it beyond the basics. One thing I do know though is that I want to learn, and that’s what my photography posts are all about – me learning about, and hopefully, taking better pictures.

Lately, I’ve been taking a lot of photos. I’ve reopened my Etsy shop (yes…I know, shameless plug ;), but I can’t help myself), so most of what I’ve been filming is product photography. Since I really don’t know jack about how to use my camera, taking pictures of my products is extremely time consuming and way too frustrating. I end up taking a million pictures of each item in the hopes of getting 4 or 5 good pics for each listing, and I really don’t have the time for that. Plus, I’m not really sure how to use my photo editing software beyond the basics either, which only adds to my frustration, but that’s another story entirely.

Months ago, I came across the blog Life With My 3 Boybarians. Darcy, the author of this blog, has a great series called 31 Days to a Better Photo, with each day learning something new about photography. At the time, I bookmarked her blog to my favorites with the intention of getting back to it later.  Of course I never went back to it, life got in the way, and then I forgot all about it. This weekend I went searching through my favorites list and found that link to her blog and decided since I’m using my camera more often, now is as good a time as any to really make the effort.

So I’m going to start this little project (actually, I already have started) and post what I’ve learned. I have two main goals: Learn how to use my camera and spend less time fumbling around trying to get the best shot, rather than winging it like I’ve been doing.

While I’m doing this little project, please feel free to chime in with any photo tips and tricks. Your comments are always appreciated!

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