My 3rd anniversary of getting a DSLR
I got my first DSLR (a Canon Rebel XSi) for Christmas 2008, just after my 3rd child was born. In January 2009 I started this blog to show my pictures, track my progress, keep track of things I’ve learned and share it with others. Now, it’s been 3 years since that Christmas, and I have upgraded my camera to a Canon 60D. And to see how far I’ve come in these past 3 years, here is the highlights reel.
Jan 2009 – my first DSLR photos, as posted in my first blog post. Let’s just say there is definite room for improvement.
Feb 2009- Got the book Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson. Starting to get a feel for how to change all the settings. Took my oldest out for a photoshoot
Apr 2009- Started learning about composition and white balance
Also learning more in photoshop.
After I cropped it, cloned out the heater vent, adjusted curves to lighten it, and adjusted the color balance:
May 2009- Took a trip and lots of photos. This is still one of my favorites. My parents have a 20×30 of this in their house
June 2009- Learning about using natural light
Aug 2009- Tried out backlighting on purpose
Oct 2009- More portraits, still having color issues
Around this time I found various free webinars and started learning more specific things, like fall foliage photos.
Dec 2009- Learned about Christmas light bokeh.
I got a flash for Christmas this year, an tried it out at a friend’s wedding open house. Knew the bouncing was better than direct, still didn’t know how to bounce the flash well.
Jan 2010- Got Neil van Niekerk’s book about on-camera flash techniques and started practicing.
Feb 2010- participated in a self-portrait a day project on a digital scrapbooking website. Learned lots of ways to get into a photo.
Mar 2010- went to a studio lighting workshop and learned lots
Apr 2010- Took a trip to Oregon, got lots of nice landscapes. This photo is a panoramic from 7 photos stitched together.
I also got a chance to take some quick photos for a friend who had a baby. It wasn’t an actual session (our other kids were on a play date right in the room with us) but it was fun to shoot a newborn.
Summer 2010- Found I really like landscapes, and not backlighting
Got a blue ribbon at the local fair for this photo
Oct 2010- My oldest got baptized into our church. It was fun taking portraits of her in the dress I made. White is a tough color to shoot.
My husband deployed for the second time this month, with 2 days notice. And I was getting more and more pregnant
More practice bouncing the flash
Feb 2011- Maternity Self Portraits
Mar 2011- Got a newborn to shoot! I love new little babies (probably why I have 4 kids)
April 2011- More landscapes, and Easter
May 2011- I enjoy shooting my daughters ballet recitals, no needing to tell people how to pose!
Oct 2011- Got to meet up with a couple wonderful ladies from a photography board
Dec 2011- Went to the wedding of a cousin, was very happy to not be a wedding photographer
I got my new 60D!