When I took my Fresh Art class to learn how to use my camera, Jodie and Kim encouraged us to take pics of everything, to practice everyday, to really get to know your camera and how to use it in as many different settings as possible.
I get nervous showing my practice pics because I worry that people assume I'm thinking more highly of my skills than earned. Does that make sense? So, just to be clear, I'm not starting a photography business. I don't plan on selling my photography. I plan on learning my camera and taking 8 million more pictures of Eliot. That's the plan. Just so we're clear.
Russ took a photography class in college and made a comment about how I see things differently now. How just like him, you start to look at lighting and shading and lines and shapes and picturing a still shot.
I've added several photography blogs to my reader. Again, not because I consider myself a photographer. Many of them give challenges weekly or even daily. Some assignment to get you thinking of different reasons to use your camera. One of them is Shutter Sisters and this morning they had this quote: "The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera." -Dorothea Lange
I like it. I like these. They're teaching me to look at the world differently.