Had a lot of fun with my Rebel XT in 2007. I got it about a year ago and I feel quite comfortable using it in manual mode and tweaking settings. I’ve got a (very) basic understanding of post-processing and looking back I can tell that I had a lot of trouble with white balance and brightness early on. I kept my spending under control, not really splurging (or allowing others to splurge on my behalf) until the end of the year. Most importantly, I had a lot of fun and I think that even though my loved ones kept thinking “What? More pictures?” they secretly enjoyed being photographed.
This year I’d like to focus (pun totally unintended, but it goes nicely with ‘resolutions’, also unintended) on the following:
- Get better at post-processing. I’ve barely scratched the surface here. This is main thing I’d like to work on this year. Would be happy to take any recommendations on books and resources.
- Work on composition. Random things (light posts, people) still sometimes pop into my photos when I go to edit them; I should spend more time composing shots.
- Be more creative. I have a feeling that pictures of flowers will start boring others.
- Shoot more photos. I’ve definitely passed up good opportunities because I didn’t think I’d be able to get my camera out quickly enough or I was feeling self-conscious.
- Be in more pictures. The tripod should help out with this. Maybe I can start teaching Jen how to use the camera as well.
Took advantage of the rainy day to give raindrop-shooting a try. The photo isn’t that sharp, but I like it.