This is what it looks like when I shoot in Manual Mode. You know, like the pros.
And this is what it looks like in Automatic.
One thing I totally love about shallow depth of field - see how my unmade bed and stack o' crumpled-up clothes on the chest just kind of "disappear" into the background? That's my kind of lens.
I do okay as long as I stick to natural light and don't have any real standards.
Those of you who know what you're doing can probably pick my pictures all kinds of apart.
All I can say is -
THANK GOD for the rest of you!
Yeah, I know she's cute, but even the cute parts are too fuzzy. I can't figure out how best to focus - AF or MF?, how close and how far to get, what all that math on the screen means, etcetera after freaking etcetera. Right now I'd say I'm the "shoot and cross-my-fingers" type.
And the color of the light? How do you keep your shots from looking too blue? I know, I know. The answer probably has to do with Manual Mode. My current nemesis.
I've already looked into classes. They don't exist in this town. Big surprise. Belly dancing? Sure! Everyone needs to know how to belly dance, don't they? Caning and seat weaving? You got it! Shag - we've got Beginner and Intermediate! (Don't you hate it when you go to shag class and everyone else is a total newbie?). Seriously, those are the classes offered down the street.
Okay, now that I've ranted I need to know: would those of you who know a thing or two about photography tell me if a class entitled "Photography - Basic 35mm" would be worth it? Because I just found such a class. The class description mentions that "because of its popularity, digital imaging will be discussed" - almost as a sidenote. Is it just me or does that mean the class is being taught by someone who hasn't committed to the switch yet? Like, maybe he's the same person who thinks email is newfangled?
Do you have any favorite helpful books? Blogs for amateurs? Articles? Sources of inspiration? I also have Photoshop CS2, which is almost scarier than the camera. Any favorite instructional book for that?
The thing is, I'm a perfectionist. The kind of person who doesn't do things she knows she won't be good at. I have a hunch that I can be good at this. Someday. With a lot of practice. Until then, I'm in Canon Purgatory!
**P.S.** I purchased the Canon Xsi at Amazon, which comes with a decent kit lens (the new kit lenses have Image Stabilization), and I purchased the 50mm prime lens - a fun portrait lens on the cheap. My point-and-shoot is a Canon Powershot, which I have used for most of this blog. As point and shoots go, this has been a great camera - I especially love the macro setting, which is how I get some of the "detail" shots of my sewing. I was just ready for the next step.