Tuesday, March 13, 2012

back then: before i knew what i was doing.

me and my boy.November 25, 2007

My dad gave me my Nikon the Christmas before I had Max. I had no idea how to use it and really wasn't that interested in learning how to use it in any other mode but automatic. Actually, I had no idea you could shoot manually. I took a lot of photos of Max that first year. I just wish I could go back, knowing what I know now about how to use my camera, and retake those photos. These edits are a testament to the fact that there is only so much editing software can do. If a photo isn't that great right out of the camera there's not much you can do to "fix it" in Elements or Photoshop. One must master the camera they own, picking it up every single day and snapping away. Learning how to adjust settings for a variety of different lighting situations. Still working on that one, and on all of it, really. But I think I've come a long way.

messy face Max.
July 22, 2007

(And of course now that I've loaded these to Flickr, I see that I took these with my Cannon point and shoot. Well, I would still have to say - I wish I had known what I was doing. And I wish I had taken these with my Nikon. But the best camera is always the one you have with you.)

Now that I feel like I have a little bit better understanding of Elements, I've been digging through old photos and finding my favorites to edit. These are just two of the many, many photos.  I'll be posting more in the months to come.


Shawntae said...

Awww baby Max! How adorable! I wish I had the originals to the ones I took of Shaun as a baby and toddler. Unfortunately they're all edited (poorly) with picnik and I never saved the originals, bc well, I didn't have a clue what I was doing. :(

Tracey said...

Well I can certainly relate. I have some film photos that I thought were sooooooo wonderful, and now I look back and realize I had not clue as to what I was doing. But you know what? I still love them!

deb duty said...

I'm the same way. I had my dslr over two years before I started learning anything about it.

Naomi said...

It's amazing how much we can grow in time! Max is so cute!

Heather M. said...

these photos are still so cute!

i know exactly what you mean about looking back. it's funny because i thought i was sooooo good when i first started taking photos. then in 2009 i took a beginner photography class and realized how much i sucked and was so embarrassed that i thought i was good. since then, i still don't think i'm good and overcritique every photo i take.

however, i do look back and realize how much better i am now. at least we're learning and growing right?! that's a good thing (i have to remind myself of that often). ;)