When I got my first DSLR I was under the grand illusion that since I had a nice camera that it would just automatically take better pictures. I was under the impression that it was about the camera and that having a better camera would make me a better picture taker. Well, I couldn't have been more wrong.
It's been about 2 years since I took that leap and took my camera off auto-pilot. But that first leg of the journey was a very long and frustrating one. I had no idea what aperture or f-stop was let alone ISO and how they played together. I think I went straight to manual mode and there was quite a learning curve and some really bad photos. But it was being out of my comfort zone that pushed me in the right direction and I quickly realized that this wasn't something I would ever learn once and for all.
I now understand just enough about photography to know that it's definitely a journey and that there is no destination. That it will be an ever changing road as my vision and technical knowledge changes, but that doesn't mean I still don't get frustrated. Oh, I'm sure my husband has heard me on more than one occasion threaten to give it up, because just when I think I've got something figured out, I trip on something else. But that quickly passes with the next aha moment when technology and vision briefly meet in the middle.
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