Photography 101.

Despite the rain that Hurricane “Whats-His-Name” dumped all over New England, I was out in the woods this weekend — tripod and D300 in hand — trying my best to capture the true brilliance of fall foliage. Though this may come easily for some, I have filled my head with so much information on the “rules” of great photography that I sometimes feel overwhelmed. (I know, I have said this before 🙂 I find myself clumsily trying to remember all that I have recently learned about apeture, shutter speed, white balance, ISO, lighting, exposure, etc. — because it does not come naturally to me yet. But I need to remember that it will all come naturally with time, practice, education and patience. So, I continue to learn all I can … and to try to enjoy the ride.

There is this great web blog I found that gives me daily tips on my photography: Digital Photography School. The author is brilliant — really knows his stuff — knows how to explain it for everybody — makes it fun to learn and try out new techniques — it feels like I have my own personal photography teacher. Great stuff.

Also, I can’t say enough good about the Shutter Sisters blog. The inspiration to be found there is incredible. I have learned much just by seeing what others are doing.

There is also the Me Ra Koh Photography blog — which offers a mix of inspiration and technique. The author hosts some great photo contests too … with prizes. I love prizes.

In digital photography, the learning never ends … and the technology is always changing. It has been my art form for years, but only recently have I begun to take it seriously. I truly love it (my sewing machine is now dusty with neglect). My best friend and I have decided that it is time we take this whole photography thing to the next level, so we are enrolling in UMaine’s ART 182: Photography and Digital Imaging for Spring 2008. Very exciting!

Well, I hope you find some inspiration in the links listed above as well. And don’t forget, there is always Flickr … one could spend an entire day just browsing through that sea of photographic bliss. Have a great day.


Jodi Renshaw

About Jodi Renshaw

Jodi is a homeschooling Mom, a photographer, a wife, and a proud resident of the city of Bangor. She spends part of her time working at a locally-owned shop in the downtown area, part of her time homeschooling her favorite young man, and most of her time behind a camera lens. She often writes about adoption, family life, homeschooling, and community.