Friday, January 7, 2011

late night knowledge

The night before last, I couldn't sleep. I was up til 4am. Finally decided to lay down and put forth the effort to fall asleep. I decided that if I wasn't asleep in a half hour, I'd get up, start some laundry, shower, fold some laundry and do whatever else needed to be done.

Right as that time rolled around, the baby woke up hungry. And breastfeeding quite literally makes me sleepy. So I fell asleep while he ate. I got up and put him back down at some point and then slept on and off til 9am when Jonyn crawled out of our bed.

But while I was up, I started looking through alllll of my camera's settings. More specifically, the Custom Functions. I ran across one of them and had no idea what it meant. So I looked it up. And came to a Canon page that explained each one of them.

I learned of a quicker way to toggle my focal points. Love that. I am constantly changing the focal points on my Beast around. And an easier way to do it? I'll take it.

I learned a few other useful things too.
What I really, really love is that photography is a constant learning game. It's like I'm in school all the time. I learn from others, I learn from my "manual", aka, going on line and looking stuff up. I learn by doing, by reading, by practice, practice, practice. I learn from my constant mistakes and from trying out new things.

I love that I can constantly learn and improve. My photos from 2009 to 2010 made a huge improvement. Of course, that's just my opinion. Having amazing photos of my kids? Yep, that's amazing. But I love it when I capture something that makes me stop and say oh my gosh. I love it when other people's images do that for me too. That's how I know when I think something is truly breathtaking.

Last year, on my camera, I went Manual all the way. I've never had it on Auto, it was always on Aperture Priority. But knowing what all my functions and buttons and dials mean? That's what I gained the most last year. That knowledge that I could manipulate my settings to get an amazing image. I gained control of my camera instead of it being in control of my images. And I'm so glad I did!

Now I just need (or want) a Macro lens so I can tackle that world too!

edit: I changed the link to the Macro lens. Apparently, I copied the wrong link earlier. Had a squirmy hungry baby in my arms. A cute squirmy hungry baby :)


  1. Not THAT macro if you want it on your full-frame camera! You want the 100mm 2.8 L. We both do! Hee hee. Let's each pay for half of it and mail it back and forth! ;)

    Thanks for the Canon link. Maybe I can learn something new too.

  2. Adorable photo! Its so true that you are never done learning with photography which is what I love about it!


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