Welcome to My Photography Blog!

March 1, 2011 | 14 Comments | Email | Print

After finally delving into the world of SLR cameras, I have been trying to do a lot of reading and learning. I won’t lie – it’s much more complicated than I imagined it would be. I love seeing the resulting pictures, but I definitely still have a ton to learn about aperture, exposure speed, ISO, composition… and the list goes on and on. Not surprisingly, most of my camera practice has come in the form of photographing food, and while it has been great practice, I know that I need to branch out! Much like the motivation behind first starting my food blog (track my progress in the kitchen and try new things!) I am channeling the same motivation for improving my photography and learning as much as I can. So, welcome to my little photography corner of the web!

You’ll see that I already have some stuff posted here, let me explain…

Awhile back I found out about a couple of Flickr groups and photography blogs that post daily and weekly photography challenges. Sometimes the challenge is to photograph a specific type of subject, while sometimes the challenge is to use a specific photography technique. Sort of the photography equivalent to joining Daring Bakers back when I first started my food blog!

I joined the Our Daily Challenge group on Flickr back in January and was really enjoying taking a daily challenge picture each day and learning to be a little more creative. And then… I got lazy about it. No good excuse. Those daily challenges are the posts that you already see here on the photography blog. Take a browse through them and let me know what you think!

My good friend Kelly (from the blog the dSLR newbie) started her photography blog a little over a year ago when she began shooting with an SLR, and she introduced me to the Shutterboo weekly photography challenges. There is an overview on the Shutterboo blog, but all of the action happens on Flickr. I haven’t begun these challenges yet, but would like to start taking part!

And then there is Digital Photography School. Talk about a wealth of photography information! Most times when I visit the site I don’t even know where to start; lots of great information on technique, equipment, processing and editing, and there are forums if you have questions. The site also posts a weekly challenge, as well as a weekly assignment.

Finally, there’s Project 365. This has been around for quite awhile now and the project consists of taking at least one photo a day for an entire year and documenting them.

While I realize that I realistically won’t be able to keep up with every one of these, they are all great tools for me to finally jump in, get my feet wet, and start doing some serious learning when it comes to dSLR photography. I am also looking into taking a local photography class, and need to research the options that are available.

So, much like my food blog in the beginning, I am treating this site as motivation to keep the camera in my hands, learn more, tackle more advanced techniques, watch my progress and, most importantly, share it all with you! And I would definitely love any critiques or advice you have for me along the way!

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14 Responses to Welcome to My Photography Blog!

Kelly (the dSLR newbie) March 1, 2011 at 9:11 am

Welcome to the photo blogging world, love your new site! I can second that a photo blog is fantastic motivation to keep up with the photo challenges and get you to “shoot” outside your comfort zone. Look forward to seeing your work as you learn – and maybe even go on some fun photo expeditions of our own around here!


cantstopbaking March 1, 2011 at 10:08 am

Yay! I love photography blogs- I am so glad that you decided to start one!Can’t wait to see it.


Brooke March 1, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Good luck learning your camera! I think a photo challenge is a great way to learn and push yourself. Even if you just set goals for yourself, you’ll be amazed at how much you know at the end of year. And you’re always welcome to the WPC2011 – there’s a lot of fun participants, including Newbie! :)


Janene March 1, 2011 at 5:19 pm

I’m getting a Nikon D 5000 sometime between Friday and Thursday – it was on sale and is being shipped as we speak!

I have NO idea how to use a DSLR but I am sooo excited about finally being able to take good pictures of my kids. I’m really hoping to at least learn a thing or two before we go to the beach in July (our first family vacation!).

Thanks for the sites! I can’t wait to check them out and am sure that I will LOVE reading this side of the Brown Eyed Baker, too!!!


Yaneri March 1, 2011 at 6:05 pm

COOL! Looking forward to seeing your pics….and learning as you go!!!



Jackie March 1, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Now you encompass both my passions…baking and photography and I absolutely love reading anything from a Pittsburgher being a ‘Burgher myself but now living in Tennessee.


Sprinkled With Flour March 2, 2011 at 3:13 pm

What a great idea to chronicle your developing skills in dslr photography:) I just got a dslr a few months ago, and have been overwhelmed by the amount of information there is to learn…don’t even get me started on photoshop! :) There is a lot of good information out there, and it can be hard to decide where to start, I think participating in a regular challenge is a good way to begin. Maybe this is what I needed to give myself a kick in the butt to get started in one too:)


Jenny March 2, 2011 at 11:04 pm

I think this is so great! Just got a The Nikon DSLR 3000. I am just starting to learn everything as well. And boy, you were right, MUCH more than I thought, but so worth it. :)


Sarah June 29, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Love your food blog and now photography too! A newbie to the dslr world myself and loving it so far. The 50mm 1.8 is a great lens, especially for the price. LOVE mine! Going to make some of your cupcakes and then practice taking pictures of them…love how you have combined my two hobbies!


Megan July 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm

I am just finishing Karen Russell’s Photography course. Even though I felt like I knew a lot of it already it really helped bring it all together. It is a GREAT course for a newbie so I highly recommend it – its worth every penny! It will save you so much time and frustration trying to learn everything you need to know from the vastness of the web. I also suggest Brian Peterson’s book Understanding Exposure – great resource!


Jim August 5, 2011 at 8:49 am

Been digital for almost 10 years now. Not a pro by any means, but do understand the technical side. I would love to colaborate anytime. My email is
jbert49@verizon.net. If I could cook as good as I can shoot, I would be in heaven. Get you feet really wet with you camera and that will make any class or book a lot easier. Hope to hear from you.



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