The Art of Photography

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I’ve always had a love of photography.  When I was a little girl, I was beyond thrilled when I was given a little 110 camera.  The only problem was that it took forever to get my twelve pictures back, and more than not, they didn’t look anything like I thought they should look. 

Flashing forward a few years, I used my dad’s old Minolta to take a photography class in college.  I have to admit I wasn’t that thrilled with the photo assignments.  My poor vision causes a lot of problems with focusing and my acute shyness caused lots of problems with taking photos in public.  Add that to the complications of all those little gadgets and levers that needed to learned and maneuvered to get the perfect (or even halfway decent!) shot.  It didn’t make for a very happy Susan.   What I really loved, was working in the darkroom.  That’s where all the real magic happened.  

Over time, I started to lose interest in the big SLR and went back to a small pocket camera.  They had vastly improved through the years and I was perfectly happy with it.  Shortly before we got married, Shaun discovered my abandoned Minolta (funny how that got to be mine, isn’t it?)  He was like a man possessed and quickly learned every facet of that camera.  I learned to hate that camera…is there any other woman in the world that was jealous of a camera on her honeymoon?

Eventually, Shaun’s fascination with photography was merged with his love of programming.  He loved writing code that dealt directly with photography.  In the late ‘90s he was given access to some of the new-fangled digital cameras.  (I can remember being stopped all over the place while other photo buffs ogled his toy camera) I, of course, was still perfectly content with my tried and true film camera. 
Ultimately, I came to accept that digital cameras were a good thing.  I reluctantly accepted a small point and shoot digital camera one Christmas.  I was so much happier with it than I ever though I could be.  I knew right away if I had captured the shots I was after of my favorite subject, our girls.   I never ran out of film and the storage was so much easier.   I was content.  

Shaun, always ahead of me on the technology scale had moved on to a digital SLR.  He kept trying to get me to use it.  I drug my feet as usual.  Those  standard technical terms such as aperture, focal point, depth of field, shutter…that I couldn’t wrap my mind around years ago were still there, only they were now bundled with a mini-computer.  Ugh! 

Then the day came that Shaun was offered a great deal on an even better yet camera.  My argument (remember how cheap frugal I am) getting it was primarily that he already had a camera. He countered with the obvious fact that I could really use a better camera.   Of course, I had to give in and let him get his toy essential photographic tool.  How could I deny this wonderful man anything that he truly wanted?  (Well, except for a ferret…no ferrets!)

Faced with a brand new (well, new to me) camera, I wasn’t quite sure what to do.  Little by little, Shaun has been teaching me how to use the beast.  (I’m really good at automatic, but beyond that…)  In order to encourage myself to work at developing some skill, I started my daily photo blog last summer.  I’ve had a lot of fun with this and have learned a lot about myself. 

Now, I’m off on a new photographic adventure.  With Shaun’s encouragement, I’ve just signed up for an online photo class called the Art of Photography.  We’ll learn more about photography, as well as some artful things to do with our photos.  (I may have neglected to mention to my darling husband about how I’ll be using the printer to print on cloth and other fun stuff!) 

I have to say that I am beyond thrilled to be learning all this new stuff.  What could be better than learning to use my cameras better and making art with it?  It’s gonna be so great!

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