My first camera was a Kodak disc when I was ten or so. I took it with me on a family trip to Gettysburg and was convinced I'd captured photographic evidence of a ghostly soldier when the entire film disc came back from processing ruined.
I got my first "big girl" camera when I was a newlywed- a Nikon N60. We spent $300 on it, and I figured this would be my Camera for Life.
A few years after, digital photography exploded, and my N60 now sells for about $40.
Thirteen years, and two point-and-shoots later, I got a Nikon D5000 for my birthday. I fumble around with it and take sub-par pictures with a nice piece of equipment.
But I'm always up for improvement through practice, and to that end, I run two photography projects on my blog- Snapshots from a Sunday and Theme Thursday.
Snapshots of a Sunday is a collaborative effort I publish on a monthly basis. If you're interested in participating, email me at email@example.com. Make sure I can either respond to you via blogger, or include your email so I can get in touch with you.
The rules are simple:
1. You get assigned an hour (or half hour, depending on how many people contribute) block during a designated Sunday.
2. At some point during that time, you take a picture of people or objects, posed or candid, anything as long as it represents some aspect of your day.
3. You process the picture, email me the .jpeg file along with time taken, location, caption and your blog URL, and I assemble all the photographs into a single timeline, to be published the following day.
4. Time Zone: I'm in the Eastern time zone, but don't feel like you have to take your picture on my time zone if you're not in it. It's more of an art form than a science.
It's a great way to get a glimpse into each other's lives, to see what connects us, and what makes us unique.
Current schedule of themes is:
Please consider joining in one or both of the projects. I always love seeing readers' photography.
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