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My photo philosophy

AnandiRC2 Comments

I love taking pictures of my family, but I'm not a photographer. Does that make sense?  I don't enjoy photography for its own sake - I don't read for fun about aperture, shutter speed, or sensors. I don't play around for hours taking the same photo with different settings to understand it all. I signed up for an Intro to Photography class at our local college and dropped it after the first day because it was BORING.

Don't get me wrong - I want to improve my ability to capture my family living our lives, but I don't have any desire to dive into the technical details or argue the merits of this lens vs that one for xyz application.

I just want to be able to take more shots like this: 

I don't get too caught up in the race to buy new fancy equipment. I upgraded to a DSLR (Canon T3i) last year, after using my trusty Canon S90 point and shoot for 3+ years. I still use that small camera for photos of my scrapbook pages and jewelry because I'm so familiar with how to get the macro shots I want. 

So right now, photography is trial and error for me. A friend gave me some pointers on shooting in aperture priority mode (Av), and another friend recommended the inexpensive 50mm f1.8 lens.  I use both of these tips faithfully and have been rewarded with some pretty great shots of my family. 

Of course there's always room for improvement. I need to read up a little more in my manual on focusing, as I've heard it's better to use center-point-only focus for people shots. I also need to remember to take the Big Camera out with us more often so I can get photos with backgrounds other than our living room or kitchen. 

But I'm still not a photographer.  Just a mama with a camera who loves getting great shots of us doing our thing, whatever that may be. 

What's YOUR photo philosophy?

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