This morning on my DSLR…

December 14, 2011

For Christmas, Sam and I decided to get something we’ve always wanted – a DSLR with a couple lenses. We both love photography, not enough to start a business or anything, but enough that we want to learn how to take much better pictures.

I took a year of photography in high school – with a dark room, real film, all that. I can still smell the solution on the photos. And in blogging, I’ve seen some tremendous photos. They’ve inspired me to at least learn more about what people have to do to take them. I love to create visually both in writing and in pictures, but my iPhone usually leaves something to be desired technically. 

And yes. I realize the camera does not make the photo. It takes incredible talent and patience with learning.

Anyway, our Canon T3 got here about a week ago, and Sunday my friend Jen from Jen Swedhin Photography (who took our photos before we left Denver) got on Skype to give me a full rundown of using the camera on manual. Ever patient, she’s taught me so well I have begun to slowly understand what things like aperture and shutter speed mean. Slowly.

It’s hard. But here are some I took this morning and wanted to share. They need work but I’m just practicing up a storm.

My knitting basket
Bella and her Ark
Bella and Jynx. He lets her do this - but he isn't happy about it.
Noah Ark. I got this as a gift while teaching Kindergarten.
Oh her poses and tiny feet.
My favorite shot this morning. Love his cold little nose.


  • Sara T.

    December 15, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    I am waiting on my T3 as we speak! So excited! Your photos look great!

  • Crystal

    December 15, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Those are great!! I’m jealous…I suck at taking pics! I need some lessons…ok, a lot of lessons! But YOU did a great job!

  • Megan

    December 14, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Er, so can I get a transcript if this twitter tutorial?


    Beautiful pics!

  • Jen Swedhin

    December 14, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I think you are doing a great job! It takes a lot of time and practice and trial and error to learn manual shooting. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

  • ashleyd

    December 14, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    OMG OMG OMG…. you knit!?

  • Mrs. MidAtlantic

    December 14, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Awesome! I am still trying to figure out how to use my point-and-shoot!!

  • Cindy

    December 14, 2011 at 11:08 am

    You are doing great! I wish I had more time with my camera! Need to work that in 🙂

  • Good Girl Gone Green

    December 14, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Love the one of Bella and Jynx!!!

  • Jen

    December 14, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Great pics, thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • Lisa @ Oh Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy

    December 14, 2011 at 9:53 am

    that last one is great! And these are all a fab start for a week in manual!!!!

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