Sunday, September 5, 2010
Let me preface this post with a little background about myself. I was born in...just kidding. No need to go THAT far back. Kim and I met in college 20-some years ago and have managed to keep in touch. I think it's a pretty amazing accomplishment considering a) I've moved around quite a bit, b) we've never lived closer than 200 miles from each other and c) I'm not on Facebook. We see each other more often now that she has triplets. Not that she and her husband weren't a major draw, but her kids are a lot of fun.
As Kim mentioned in her first post, she received a Nikon D3000 and for her birthday last year. When we would chat on the phone (usually on her way to/from her digital photography class), she would tell me a little bit about what she was learning. She then encouraged me to get a camera also so we could learn together. Hmm... I batted around the idea for a while then started shopping. I knew that I wanted to also get a Nikon because it would make it much easier for her to impart her knowledge on me. Six months ago, I found a great deal on a Nikon D5000, and the rest is history. Um...well, actually it's just the beginning.
When the camera first arrived, I had some serious buyer's remorse. It looked pretty complicated, and Kim lives 285 miles away. Can I really learn to use this thing or will it sit in the box and collect dust? I started by buying the "dummies" book and spending time just getting to know the camera. Next, I started just using it as an expensive point-and-shoot. It was only a few weeks ago that I made my first trip to K'ville for my first lesson and begain experimenting with the manual settings.
Kim had started this blog for herself, but she graciously suggested we both use this space as a means for sharing our photos with each other and with anyone who happens to stop by. So I'll be sharing the good and the bad...but mostly the good...and the lessons I've learned along the way.