A New Tool for My Camera

I briefly said in my last post that I bought an attachable macro lens. Well, they are actually called macro filters and I love them. I am having quite fun with them and when the pictures come out sharp, they give me a whole new perspective of an object. I have wanted a macro lens for awhile but never bought one because of the cost. This is a cheap way around that. Here’s the article I read about them.

9 Tips for Using Macro Filters

It does take getting used to them but well worth it. You may notice in a couple of the pictures below that the focus is not quite perfect. From my understanding, using a tripod helps because the depth of field is so shallow it is easy to lose your focus.

I love the crayons because I never really noticed how dirty crayons look from being marked up by other crayons.  I love the picture of the dandelion because it is in focus and I can see so much detail I never noticed before. The paper clip is not so neat but the details of the wooden table below are. The crab apple buds are beautiful and the seedling is not so interesting but the detail of the dirt below is interesting. I love how macro photography shows me details that I look over every day. This is just another way to show you beauty in the everyday mundane life, which is my mission with photography.

I will continue to experiment.

Here are some of the fun photos I have taken so far.

Dear Life…

I am writing to you because you have been somewhat shitty lately. It is my fault. I am not sure how I started spiraling downward but I am ready to stop. A couple of years ago I was on top of things. I had a great positive attitude. I was confident in myself. I was pleasant to be around. I was exercising and eating healthy. That is not so much the case lately. I keep thinking I do not have what it takes to start a photography business because I am not outgoing enough, skilled enough, artsy enough or smart enough but I do not want to let go of the idea either. I love photography and it may well give me the freedom I am longing for.
This past week I watched a photography webinar with Zach and Jody Gray. They reminded me of how I was a couple of years ago so I researched them further. I read this post and was reminded of the mindsets people generally have based on their income. The first time I saw those mindsets was when I was attending a poverty simulation. I realized I have dropped closer to the poverty mindset this past year.

That is when I realized I am done. I am tired of the stress and the negative feelings. I am sick of it. Will it be easy to reverse direction? No, but I can do it.

In the end, I thank you life. You will have your ups and downs but without the downs, I would not realize I need to keep pushing to better myself. 

At least my little munchkin still puts a smile on my face and gives me a hug and kiss when I need it. 

Old Photos

I think I am a little obsessed with photography. I just joined ClickIn Moms. Once again, i don’t know where it is going to take me just like I didn’t know where Shultz Photo School would take me. I am excited to learn more.

My blog is not just a place to learn about how to photograph well. It is also to show you my journey from being a beginner to something more. When I see a professional photographer’s work, I really wonder how they were at the beginning of their photography journey. If they were to do this, then I could relate to them more and realize that if they improved, so could I. Yes, I do have faith in myself but when that faith waivers, seeing other people’s past struggles helps. With that being said, here are some past photos.

I would like to add that whether or not you know how to take pictures well, you can still document life. Even professionals will hold onto photos with mistakes (i.e. blurriness) if the photo stirs emotion in them.

Unfocused and In Australia

Right now, I feel unfocused as a photographer. Should I focus on the lighting in a photograph or a way of showing my style? Should I buy a new camera body or a wider-angle lens? What online class should I take next? If you cannot tell already, I am terrible at making decisions, especially when a large amount of money is involved. Is anyone else feeling the same way?

In other news, my sister is coming to town. In 2015, my family and I went and visited her family on the west coast of Australia. Luckily, Australia is so beautiful that you can get good photos without having good photography skills. I believe I shot in automatic the whole time I was there. This vacation was just prior to joining Shultz Photography School. I have edited some of the photos but you can only do so much when you shoot in jpg. Below you will see some of my favorite photos from the trip. I hope I get a chance to get back over there.

Important Questions For Photographers

Yesterday, I was talking to my husband about photography. He read my post about black and white edits and reminded me of some of the most important questions a photographer should be asking themselves…

What am I trying to capture?

What sort of feeling do I want in this photo?

Here are a couple of examples. In the first picture, I am trying to capture the excitement my daughter had of seeing her father. In the second photo I am capturing how tiny my daughter is compared to the rest of the world.

Admittedly, sometimes I don’t realize what I captured until after the photo was taken. For a long time I knew I liked the photo below but I did not know why until recently.The photo shows how delicate nature is and the relationship my daughter has to it.

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I often find myself blindly taking a photo and not stepping back and asking myself why I am taking the photo. I think for the rest of the week I will make it my goal to ask myself, “What am I trying to capture in this moment?” Maybe you can join me in this challenge and let me know how you do.

All About Me

I am going to start by introducing myself. I am a mother and a wife. I live in semi-rural northern Illinois. I enjoy many hobbies. Knitting and photography are my current major hobbies. I am usually a quieter person. I try to remain positive about life. I love nature. I do meditate and use mindfulness occasionally. I love goal setting. I am trying to find my photography style.  I am currently doing three photography projects. One is a letter with photos to my daughter once a month. The other two are prompted 365 projects. I am a member of Shultz Online Photo School. I have no clue where my photography journey will take me.

I started taking photos a long time ago. I think my first camera was a hot pink camera where I had to attach the one time use flash cube. If you do not know what that looks like, look it up. I find it funny when I compare that to the cheap cameras of today. I do not know why exactly I wanted to take photos back then. I guess I just wanted to capture life, which is some of my favorite type of photos today. I love capturing the simplicity of my daughter stacking blocks or the expression of my daughter’s face as she stares off into the distance with those big brown eyes.

No matter, I would periodically use a camera. I decided to buy a DSLR in college. I saw my sister had one and I knew I wanted one too. I bought it around 2010. I took one photo class at a local college but did not learn too much. I used the automatic setting all the way up until 2016. I started taking classes with Shultz Photo School and learned to use manual through them. I continue to learn about photography through Shultz Photo School but also through Craftsy, Bethadilly, Creative Live, Click It Up a Notch, books, and magazines. I really enjoy learning, especially when I am in control of what I learn and at what pace.

I hope with this blog I can inspire others to find an outlet for their creativity and I also want this blog to show my progression as a photographer. My first few photos may not look too amateur (or maybe they do) but bare in mind I have been taking online classes for nearly a year now. Happy clicking!