Monday, July 26, 2010

A picture is worth a thousand words...

As a child my family took thousands of pictures, my mom and dad actually managed a business in the 80’s which provided photo processing and one of my mom’s many talents included film development, which I'm guessing accounts for all of our pictures. I began taking pictures at a very young age and I can still remember the excitement of handing my mom a used roll of film and getting back that little envelope with all my pictures. As an adult the passion for photography only grew stronger and I never left the house without my camera and an extra roll of film, remember those days!

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever... it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
- Aaron Siskind

The hubby and I actually purchased our first digital camera together in 2005 in preparation for our trip to Argentina. We purchased a Fujifilm FinePix S5100 and that's when my life changed completely; I was literally obsessed with taking pictures. Although our Fuji is only a 4 megapixel (I've seen cameras as high as 21.1 megapixels) digital camera, it still works great and has provided us with some amazing pictures for over 5 years now.  Our latest everyday digital camera is a Canon PowerShot SD870 IS, a gift from my parents and has surprisingly made it through JD’s first year with only a few scratches and tons of little fingerprints.

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
- Elliott Erwitt

When I started blogging last year, I had a specific desire in mind, I wanted a place to illustrate our little family’s life through our pictures; in doing so I have met many moms, artists and photographers who not only share my passion for blogging but my same passion for photography and I’ve been so inspired! For almost a year now I’ve been contemplating the idea and saving my pennies in hopes of purchasing my dream camera (yes! I have a dream camera). I’ve had the pleasure, thanks to my mom's coworker and friend, of using a Nikon D50 when photographing special occasions and I must say this camera is nothing less than amazing, but unfortunately not very affordable for a complete amateur like myself. Using his camera has further fueled my love of photography and has really helped me to understand the importance of choosing the best suited and priced camera for my needs. This purchase unlike most of my purchases has definitely been one I have put a lot of thought into. I feel that I must first take the time to learn about photography, especially digital photography, before buying a camera, so in turn I'm going back to school. I have signed myself up for a few photography classes this fall and I'm looking forward to learning as much as I can and hopefully I will have my dream camera before the end of the year. Wish me luck!

I have a very good memory, but it's short. Thank god for photography. 
- John E. Burkowski

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6 comments:

Kristin said...

Good for you!! I've always wanted to take a photography class but just couldn't get myself to commit. I love taking pictures, and seeing the joy they bring so many people. My BF is a photographer and he's got a Canon 7D, 40D and I use his 30D (sorry we're a Canon family! LOL)

Good luck with your class!!! Can't wait to see your pictures.

the mommy said...

Thank you so much, you definitely don't need a class you take amazing pictures! My friends boyfriend is a photography and he insists I get a Canon too (when I asked him about Nikon, he said sorry I'm a Canon guy, LOL).I am definitely taking into consideration, I've never used a Canon "SLR" but I hear the quality is amazing!

J. At Your Service said...

That's great that you're taking a class! I'll probably just buy a "Photography for Dummies" book! LOL! That is actually what my birthday present from hubby is going to be, a new camera. I'm liking the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi SLR (maybe the Nikon D3000), for a beginner, those seem to be pretty good. But we're Canon people too! I've had the Powershot SD550 for YEARS! But Nate has really done a number on it, so it's time for the next level. Good luck!

the mommy said...

@Jeannette, that's a great birthday gift! Ya everyone is encouraging me to get a Canon and there are two I like but one is definitely way out of my price range :( Both of those cameras have great reviews, just do a side by side comparison and see which one suits your needs, you can also check out cnet.com, their reviews are pretty spot on. Happy Shopping!

Veronica said...

That's so cool, that you are taking a class. You already take the most beautiful pictures. I can't wait to see the pictures you will take after the class. Good Job!!

the mommy said...

Thanks Vero, I'm really excited!

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