365 days, 365 pictures - a challenge to learn

Picture this: Twenty (“gifted”) 11-year-olds. Twenty cameras - good 35mm cameras. Twenty rolls of black and white film. Twenty kids released into the wilds of the schoolyard to experiment with the cameras they each held.

That was about 22 years ago and that class was one of the most interesting classes I ever had a good fortune to take. I have to be honest and say that I didn’t carry much knowledge away with me. My family weren’t picture takers. We didn’t own a good camera - and many times didn’t have a camera at all. But that class sparked my interest. They even taught us how to develop our own film in there. 

Oh yes, I did leave off that part of the picture: Twenty 11-year-olds around photo processing chemicals and equipment. Fortunately, there weren’t any injuries - to kids or equipment.

Ever since that class, I’ve wanted a good camera. When my husband wanted to spend $800 on our first point and shoot 1.2 megapixel camera, I scrunched up my nose and asked if we could get a real camera - forget this digital stuff. Isn’t that what scanners are for?

In the end, I settled for the point and shoot, which we finally replaced last December with a DSLR (Canon Rebel XS) - no, not top of the line or even middle of the line. But it’s a good camera for me to learn on. Once I know how to use it perhaps I can make a case for a better camera if we ever need it. Besides, we’ve had this camera for about 9 months and I’ve done little more than use it just like a point and shoot.

Enter Maegan. A couple weeks ago, she hosted the Bigger Picture Blogs link up on her site where she challenged everyone interested to take a picture a day for 365 days. For me, it’s about learning more about my camera and finally fulfilling a desire I’ve had for over 20 years - to learn more about photography.

My obligatory camera shot. :)I’m never going to be a professional; I don’t even want that - it’s all about fun and learning for me. I don’t have time or the desire to take pictures for anything other than personal reasons. So, now you know what that 365 Days badge is on my sidebar. Here’s the album with my pictures, which I’ll try to update daily. I’ll also do a post once a week with all the pictures for the week since you can’t leave comments in the album. Tips, tricks and advice are welcome!

If you’re interested in joining in it’s not too late! Click on the 365 Days badge and add the link to your 365 photo album to Maegan’s list of participants.