Monday, March 7, 2011

Sweet, Naked, Baby Boy

I've been the proud owner of a Canon Rebel for several years now.  I originally bought it because Colin moved too quickly as a baby and I got so tired of missing the shot with my point and shoot.  I was instantly in love with the quick shutter speed and actually being able to get a picture of him in motion and it not be completely blurry. 

I slowly graduated from automatic (with flash) to trying some of the manual settings but I am a SLOW learner.  Actually, I'm more of a hands-on learner than someone who can learn from reading, so this has been quite the learning curve for me.  I've found plenty of things to read online but without someone, right in front of my face, showing me what to do, it doesn't sink in.  However, even a brick wall allows some things to penetrate it if you keep trying.  The main thing I've learned, as with everything in life, is that practice makes perfect better.

When you have an adorable subject, that tends to help too (:  One afternoon Wes had stripped Sawyer's poo-ridden clothes and decided to let him bareback it for a bit.  I saw that as an awesome opportunity to snap away.  It was dreary outside and I had read (many times) that indirect light was the best and an overcast day fit that bill perfectly.  I plopped my willing subject down and snapped while the getting was good.

Disclaimer:  I, in no way, think these are photographer quality photos.  I have no intention of quitting my day job to become a paid photographer.  But for me, they indicate progress and I'm elated with that.  As Dori from Finding Nemo says, "Keep swimmin', keep swimmin'."

Ok, after uploading these I realize I have a few other obstacles to overcome, i.e. Photoshop and PC to Apple conversion.  I swear these looked so much better when I viewed them on my Apple.  Any suggestions?


  1. Great pictures! And such an adorable subject. :) I don't even own or know how to use photoshop so you're ahead of me, for sure!

  2. These are precious! I have no idea what I am doing with those cameras either--but clearly you've gotten the hang of it!

  3. There's nothing better than a sweet naked baby! Love 'em!

  4. I want a DSLR or whatever they're called. I have a point and shoot that Shawn got me for Christmas a few years back. Seriously, I'm still learning how to use it, but you're right: you can't catch the little boogers with them. If I had a nickle for every missed smile I had...

  5. The lighting is great!
    And you're right - a DSLR is so much better for taking pictures of kids!

  6. Danielle, these are great! I just got my first Digital SLR a few months ago. The automoatic is great, but I too am having a hard time transferring reading into taking better pictures. My local camera store offers a reasonalbe beginner photography class, but it is only on a night I work:-( Maybe you can find a little class near you?

  7. You should get the "Digital rebel field guide." I think it is written by Charlotte Lowrie, if I remember correctly. She explains things very easily and concisely to help you slowly learn to shoot better using Manual. Of course, you have to use it or you forget (which is what has happened to me over the past few years).