Friday, February 22, 2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013

A summer's day...

These are some pictures I took of the girls and I last August when we were still in Iowa.





Photography Goals for 2013

My goal in 2012 was to get good enough at taking pictures to go pro. But by the end of 2012 I realized that I had no desire to go into business. I love photography but I hate business. I came to the conclusion that viewing my photography through the "lens" of trying to start a business was making photography a chore and I hated it.

So this year I am getting back into what I love about photography. Capturing real moments. Documenting our story.

I still want to improve my technique. I still want to read tutorials, try new things and buy new gear (much to the chagrin of my husband). But I mostly want to enjoy my photography this year. I want to take the pictures that really matter. I want to capture true emotion.

So with those ideas in mind I have a few plans for this year.

1. Take my real camera with me more. Now that I have an iPhone I have been relying on it too much. I want to haul around my "real" camera more  and take more pictures of my life with my family.
This of course requires the purchase of a bigger bag that I can use as a diaper/camera bag.

2. Print some of those darn pictures! I have so many pictures on my computer and hardly any I can touch. This year I am going to print albums with my favorite pictures of the year. Right now I am thinking of either using or to print album books.

3. Master white balance - to do that I need to make 3 purchases. a. An expodisc which helps you set custom white balance in camera. b. A calibrator to make sure I am seeing true colors on my monitor. and c. take a raw processing class with the Photoshop master, Damien Symonds.

4. Get really good at "seeing and finding good light" and becoming more creative with my composition.  To do this I am going to take a few courses from clickinmoms and just practice, practice, practice.

5. Share more of my pictures on this blog and on my private family blog.