Adventures in photography hell

I’ve mentioned more than once that I’m not terribly fond of photography. It’s right up there with Photoshop. I’d probably like them both better if I had proper training. Maybe someday, but for now, I’m self-taught…

I decided this year for Jane’s birthday/our family/our anniversary pictures, I would take them myself (I know, red flag #1). Last year we went to Picture People in the Greenwood Mall, but that location has since closed. I don’t want to pay good photographer prices, but I want better quality than the Walmart photo studio (nothing against WM; we have had a few anniversary photos taken there in the past). I don’t need a ton of good shots, just a couple good ones of Jane, one of our family, and one of me and Chris (and maybe one of just me to replace the crappy one on this website). So what do you do when you can’t find what you’re looking for? You (at least attempt to) DIY.

So we borrowed a camera from Chris’ very generous co-worker Keith. It’s a Nikon something-or-other with, like, four lenses. He brought it home last week, and I had planned our “photo shoot” for this past weekend. The evening he brought it home, we had been grilling out at Mom’s, so I messed around with it so see what I was getting myself into. Here are a couple that I took (with the help of some Photoshop Express):

Not too bad (good enough). If our family photos turn out this good, I’d be pleasantly surprised. At this point I’m thinking, eh, we can pull this off. I could not have been more wrong…

When we woke up Saturday morning (“photo shoot” day), it was overcast (one thing I do know about photography is that you need as much natural light as you can get), and Chris was having some mean allergy issues. But I was still determined that Team Browning could do this thing. Then Jane started whining around because it was nap time (duh, red flag #47, but I thought I push her nap back since we had slept in). And THEN when we headed up to my brother and sister-in-law’s house to take pictures (they live on the hill behind us and have better landscape-y views), it started to sprinkle (red flag #62). But wait! They have a front porch! We can still do this!!

Nope. Here’s the best of the crap we ended up with:

Fail. Big time. I even threw a Hail Mary at the shot above and tried to edit it into something salvageable:

Again, no dice.

Oh well. We tried. Luckily Keith is letting us borrow the camera for another week, so please cross your fingers that our second attempt goes better this weekend…

PS. I’ll take any free advice anyone wants to offer on how the heck to use an SLR. I’m most certainly still at the “push buttons and turn knobs and see what happens” stage.

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One Response to Adventures in photography hell

  1. I’m sorry you had such a bad experience. Photography can be frustrating, but so worth the one good shot. Here’s a post I did on some of my tips and tricks. Hope it helps!

    http://thelonelywifeproject.wordpress.com/2011/08/16/amateur/

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