You may have read that we recently found my older sister who my mum had put up for adoption before she had me and my siblings. We met Jayne a while ago but we hadn’t yet met any of her children or her mum. A family get together was needed!
Family Get Together
Last night my mum did just that and had a party to get our family and Jayne’s family together so we could finally meet 🙂
It was a lovely evening with everyone getting on really well and having a great time together.
Through having this party, we found out that one of my cousins had been friends with Jayne’s son a few years ago and my cousin would often go to their house at lunchtime and even started calling Jayne, mum!
I’m a bit obsessed with Christmas, as many of you will know, but even I had to look twice at this letter the super wonderful husband received this week.
Christmas in July is on the Hallmark channel and they’re showing lots of Christmas movies this month so maybe this is why the Post Office thought it would be a good idea to remind us, in July, to Remember To Post Early This Christmas!
Post Office Christmas In July!
I do tend to think about Christmas all year as I like to spread the cost. I did have to wonder, though, if this was a mistake by the Post Office or if they’re trying to get us to spread the Christmas post through the year so they’re not as busy in December!
Ant and I went to The Kinema In The Woods at the weekend to watch Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom. We aren’t big movie goers and our first ever visit to the cinema together was at the Kinema and we went to watch Jurassic World. We’d […]
Photography is becoming more popular as people see the benefits of taking snaps for a hobby. The issue that most newbies have, however, is wanting too much too soon. When they pick up a camera, they want to be the next David Bailey and change the industry forever. Sadly, this isn’t going to be the case no matter how much raw skill you have in your locker. What you should focus on is learning and getting better, and not jumping the gun.
Below, then, is what every beginner should know once they have a camera in their hands.
Lessons Are Vital
The great thing about photography is that a person can buy a camera and take shots. As such, there is no reason to take lessons and learn the tricks of the trade. Although there is a certain freedom to this, it doesn’t mean it’s a good approach. As a rule, photography courses for beginners are imperative if you want to move to the next level. For starters, they teach you the basics of camera work and how to get to know your equipment better. Plus, seminars are usually operated by professionals who can pass on valuable nuggets of information.
It sounds obvious, but you need to maintain your hobby if you want to improve. Without practice, there isn’t much chance of you realising your full potential. After all, practice makes perfect. The issue is that photography can be a full-time occupation. So, capturing a few sneaky shots isn’t always easy unless you have the time to set up the equipment and play with the environment. The only way to get around this obstacle is to make time. Yes, your life is busy, but everyone has downtime. Plus, you can make time by carrying your camera everywhere and taking impromptu snaps.
Modern cameras are so good that they often do all of the heavy lifting. And, it is easy and tempting to keep it this way. However, it is also a false sense of security. In layman’s terms, you are a glorified button pushed that relies on equipment more than intelligence. To some people this is fine, but to others, it will send shivers down their spine. If you are part of the second group, it’s imperative to switch off the automatic settings and go manual. Then, you will figure out how to master focus as well metering and exposure.
Now, this isn’t supposed to scare you and make you quit photography because that you should do what makes you happy. But, it is worth noting that it this hobby is particularly expensive as even the cheap gear is not that cheap. And, you need to buy a lot of equipment if you want to take your skills to the next level. For anyone that wants a solution, there is a simple one: save as much as possible. After all, the bigger the budget, the more you can afford.