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Monday, August 23, 2010

ScrapTiffany Monday and a Quick Weekend Update

We had a relaxing weekend, other than that every one of the male species in this house was sick with a stinky summer cold. I am hoping it stays in the male genes and I don't get it. We just laid low, no projects, no work.

Saturday I made a lot of progress on my scanning project. I have been scanning and re-touching my mom's collection of photos going back to young days of my grandparents and lots of my childhood. I'm done scanning now and working my way through 160 or so scans that have to be split to individual pictures and re-touched. I have about 55 scans to go.

I am taking Maggie Holmes Beginning/Intermediate Photography Class starting in a week. I just bought a new 50mm lens for my DSLR. I only had the kit lens that came with the camera (18-55mm). I never could figure out what the big deal was with a DSLR, since my point and shoot Sony took just as good, if not better, pictures.

So call me amazed when I downloaded my camera card this weekend and saw some of the shots I got with the new lens. I still don't know what I am doing with the DSLR, but I just kept turning the dial and shooting
away and got shots I could never get straight out of the camera with the point and shoot.

These are all straight from the camera, no post processing.

This is a shot with the kit lens...


Same location, new lens (in auto)....much crisper I think...



Now all new lens....

Taken in auto (the flash went off)...


Taken in aperture priority (what that means exactly, I don't know yet), no flash... 


I'm not sure on these,I was either in manual with no adjustments or auto, but the darned flash wants to go off in auto all the time, so I think it was just on manual...





I am now looking for the next lens for my wish list. I think I want something that will zoom. I will wait to see what I learn in Maggie's class before I decide. But whatever it is will be on my Christmas wish list.  I downloaded  The Digital Photography Book, Volume 1 to my Kindle now to learn a bit more. I like what I am reading so far, no words that I don't understand yet.

This week's ScrapTiffany assignment was to use the color orange. Tiffany is not a fan of orange, me? I use it a lot. It works good with the boys, it goes well with other colors, I like it bright, I like it Fall-ish, whatever, I like orange. So this one was easy and made even easier with a few products from my August Studio Calico kit...



I stamped the border with paint using a round foam brush and stitched the tickets on and the bottom border and added some of my favorite punches. 



Check out what the other girls did this week over at ScrapTiffany and if you do an orange layout send it to Tiffany to share with us.

6 comments:

Kristina H said...

Have fun with that camera class, I would love to take one to learn how to use my camera. I just seem to rely on the preset landscape setting, no flash which I love.

They layout is adorable, love how you used the tickets to journal!

Melissa said...

The camera class sounds like fun, someday when I get a DSLR I will have to do that. I love the layout, the stamping on the photo is great!

Sue, a.k.a. midwestgirl said...

My husband is the photographer in the family, and I am the scrapbooker. I love this arrangement. He would totally get all the things you are experimenting with. Me, not so much. :) Love the orange layout!

Valerie said...

Enjoy your class! I got my 50mm for my bday last year, then took a class and all I can say is wow! You will be amazed at what you can do with your dslr & that 50mm by the time you complete your class.

Lovely layout, too :)

~Sasha Farina~ said...

orange is the new black! :D

Rebecca said...

You will love the 50mm. It makes all the difference in the world. Love the layout. Orange is just perfect for the boys LO's.