52-Week Self-Portrait Project
I’m taking part in a 52-week photography project this year. It’s the end of week 1 and I had no idea this would be so tough when I signed up to do this. My friend Kim, who has the same job I do at a college down the road, made it look so effortless last year, that I thought it would be a good exercise to participate in. Gosh, it’s hard work! I am using a Canon Rebel XT that I use for work, so that I can learn more about how to take better shots for my job. I’ve never had a photography class, so I’ve had to jump in and swim without knowing how to even dog-paddle! Editing and adding effects are a whole new ballgame for me too. For this project I’m starting my editing with Picnik because it’s so user friendly. I hope to graduate to Photoshop before I finish the 52 weeks, but so far, Picnik is giving me what I want. The first week, I shot photo after photo with no luck. Finally, I convinced a friend to go have coffee with me at a cool little shop in town, so that I could relax. I put the camera on the top of a game box and had to turn it on its side to find the right spot for our shoot. Thankfully, Kristina helped me settle down and enjoy myself over a cup of warm coffee. The photo I submitted was picked by friends on facebook who helped me vote. While I still feel uncomfortable in front of the camera, and hate using a timer and tripod, I find myself thinking about my next shot almost immediately after I’ve settled on my week’s post. This is going to be a lot of work, but a lot of fun too. Here’s to 52 weeks of getting more comfortable with my equipment…and of getting more comfortable in front of the camera!