Searching for the Perfect Picture

Photography is one of my favorite hobbies. My family especially my granddaughter is one of my favorite subjects. I actually bought my Canon DSLR camera when she was born in 2010. I took pictures but mainly in the automatic settings. I dabbled with manual but could never quite figure it out. The pictures were nice but I wanted more control over settings. I wanted a picture that captured what I was seeing not what the camera decided to see.

One of the blogs I follow Burgh Baby has many posts that give great information about photography. Michelle is a talented photographer and she also teaches a class which you can read about here. I took the class in February of 2012 and have been shooting in mainly in the manual mode since that time. If  you live in or near Pittsburgh I highly recommend taking her class when she offers another one. I learned to have fun with my camera.

I recently decided I needed to learn more. I wanted to discover more about staging and lighting. I also thought it would be nice to find some other people who liked photography. I could have read books but I am a hands on learner and do better with an instructor.  I received a catalog for non-credit courses for our community college. I found a few classes on photography and chose Photography 101. It is an 8 week course for 3 hours 1 night a week. Trust me, sitting for 3 hours after a full days work can be difficult and evening coffee becomes your friend. I have learned new things and next week will begin to take pictures. The nicest thing is I have met a few new people who have photography as their hobby. We plan to meet and practice our skills in the upcoming weeks.

I feel everyone needs to do something they find relaxing and enjoyable. I have a few hobbies but photography is probably my favorite. It allows me to create a visual memory of  people, nature or events in the way I see and even experience them. What are some of the things you do for relaxation and enjoyment?

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11 Responses to Searching for the Perfect Picture

  1. Winnie says:

    I agree wholeheartedly with you! I am a stamper and card maker, and it makes me so happy just sitting down to make “something”. I dabble in stuff and always try new things. Today I picked up a bunch of books on calligraphy to try and learn. The pictures you shared are great. What a face!! Adorable.

    • katsbynp says:

      Have fun learning calligraphy. I have some friends who make their own cards and always appreciate receiving their beautiful pieces of art. Thanks for your comments

  2. Of course I love the photos of the pup – gorgeous! But I like how you are following up on a hobby you enjoy. I also love photography and will look around for a course. I haven’t used my old 35mm camera in years (does anyone still use old film?) but I miss it because I love the photos it takes. I now use my cell phone, but I do have a small Minolta. I’ll have to look into it.

    • katsbynp says:

      I don’t know if anyone still uses film but I just checked and they still sell it on Amazon (who knew). Do look into classes. The community college course was inexpensive. Thanks for stopping by

  3. When I have time, I enjoy scrapbooking. I always enjoy reading and I love going to the movies although I don’t go as often as I would like. I love to go hiking and I walk almost everyday. I also enjoy bike riding and of course, as I’m out and about, I love people watching. Great photos of your girl Kibbles. Makes me wonder what she’s thinking. XoXo

    • katsbynp says:

      I have friends who scrapbook and enjoy looking at their creations. I always think I should take my camera to the park near me and capture people and the pets with my camera. Thanks for your support and comments

  4. dltolley says:

    I write. And write. And occasionally come up for air! 🙂

  5. debrapugh says:

    Lovely Pup there! : ) I take so many pictures it isn’t even funny. It’s a wonderful hobby and quite a necessary one when blogging, that is for sure ! : )

    • katsbynp says:

      Kibbles is my pal and my subject to practice some moving photography. Funny this blog is one of the things that spurred me to learn more about photography. You are a talented photographer and I enjoy your pictures.

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