We celebrated the end of a great year with some great friends both new and old. The Ayscues, Schenkel/Fruchters & O'Connells came over for dinner, bear and a really fun and extremely politically incorrect game of which I do not remember the name. I was having so much fun I nearly forgot to get a picture! Wouldn't that have been just tragic!!! But I did remember and clamored up on the bar stool to get it. I didn't even fall.
That wraps up my mission. I did, indeed, take at least one picture every day this year and posted one for each day. Some were good, others... well, let's just leave it at - I took a picture every day.
It's been quite a year. I've been through 3 DSLRs and 5 different lenses. I have learned a tremendous amount. I realize I have LOTS more to learn and I plan on continuing to build my skills. I have put more on my wish list than I've taken off (New stuff always begets more new stuff.) but I am getting a better feel for what I need.
Some of the most important things I've learned this year:
Depth of field takes LOTS of practice.
Professional Nikon lenses are worth the extra money. I'm considering selling both my Nikon 70-300mm and my Sigma 24-70mm and getting the Nikon 24-70. I'm simply not happy the the sharpness (or should I say, lack of sharpness) of the Sigma.
Light Room is great and more powerful than I have figured out completely but I will eventually need Photoshop. For now, I'll just bug Eyal.
There's no substitue for a good lighting set up. I'm looking at getting one now that I've learned how to use my SB600 as a slave.
36 megapixel pictures make for ENORMOUS files. Yeah storage space is cheaper than it used to be but I have to be veeery picky about what I'm willing to keep.
A grip is a good thing.
I still need to SLOOOOW DOOOWN!
Shooting gymnastics below 1/500 of a second will produce blurry pictures. I can go as low as 1/320 on beam but below that it's a giant mess.
Equipment helps but it's not a slam dunk. You still need an eye and skill to capture that elusive perfect picture.
My true sweet spot is sports photography. Landscapes and portraiture are nice but I LOVE getting the shot of the day when someone makes the winning basket or that touchdown or the back handspring. Those were my favorite shots all year.
And last but not least: My husband and my friends have been extremely supportive of my mission. Thank you everyone who allowed me to shoot them this year. Without subjects, my pictures would be pretty boring. And thank you all my loyal readers (I think I may have 3) who have followed me on my year long journey.
Where do I go from here?
Stay tuned to find out!
I'm a mother of 2 girls living in NC. I've dabbled in photography on and off but really this is just for fun