Photography

My interest in photography started about four years ago when my husband got me a Nikon Coolpix camera for Mother's day.  I've always had an "eye" for design but never had the skills to make it happen. I've been more serious about photography in the last two years or so and I still use the Coolpix today; there are no special lenses or anything fancy, but I can get some really great shots when I'm focused.  Meaning the kids aren't driving me crazy... 

I look back at some of the early pictures and think horrible thoughts.  But, it's a reminder of where practice and trial-and-error will get you.  I'm no professional by any means, I've never taken a class on photography, and I'm always continuing to learn about the settings of my camera, lighting etc. on my own, mainly through practice.  I use natural lighting when possible, no light boxes or diffusers, not even a tripod.  In the winter, when it gets dark at 4 p.m. in Switzerland, natural lighting is not always possible.  I do the best I can with the yucky yellow lighting in our flat.  That's where the settings come in...

I use Gimp to edit my food pictures.  Nothing crazy, just brightness/contrast, hues and saturations, color balance, and cropping.  My set ups are still boring.  I'm trying to build up pieces to make pics more interesting. 

I'm still a beginner, please bear with me.  Practice makes perfect.  Someone once told me not to be afraid to "go vertical" and don't be afraid to zoom.  Good advice: I'll take any I can get.

-Misty