I’m not a photographer, but I love to take pictures. And thanks to my relatively new SLR camera – a birthday gift from my husband – I’m now able to take pictures with something other than our point-and-shoot digital camera which, because of its three-second delay, only captured shots of my kids as they jumped up, ran away, blinked, or burst into tears.
I’d be a better photographer if I would read the book that came with my camera. And if I learned what aperture and ISO mean. And if I learned how to close one eye while keeping the other eye open. (I kid you not – I can’t wink AT ALL, therefore when I take pictures I have to use either my camera or my thumb to hold one eyelid closed.) I plan to do these things at some point, but right now it’s just too hard to sit down with the manual (or to practice winking) when my children are begging me with their cuteness to chase after and photograph them over and over and over again.
Let me be clear, however – my children are begging me to photograph them with their cuteness ONLY. They’re actually quite fed up with my photo sessions, which the picture below captures perfectly. They were sitting on the ledge, grinning and chatting with each other, until I asked them to smile for the camera. I said “smile!” and their reactions said “in your dreams, woman”.
So I decided to give my kids a break, and to start photographing things that couldn’t talk back or run away or throw a tantrum. I’m planning to post some of these pictures, along with short descriptions, from time to time here at Midwestern Girl. If you have them, I’d love to hear your opinions and your suggestions for improvement – I have nowhere to go but up!
Oh, and a bottle of OPI Texas Collection nail polish to the reader who provides me with the Cliff’s Notes version of what aperature and ISO are all about.
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