You Capture – Easter

I always mean to participate in weekly – You Capture. Some weeks I just don’t pick up my camera… (which is why I don’t post any here very often)  But this week’s assignment was Easter / Pastels. And well… my kids had matching outfits. Of course there are pictures!

Before Sugar!

My kids prior to any sugar! She likes silly poses and he likes to imitate her! 🙂

Cousins And because I assumed my camera was in manual mode, I’m sharing this picture from my sister-in-law’s camera.

Photography Class

I am taking a photography class through Community Ed to learn to use our digital SLR.  It is 3 weeks long and so far the first session was great. I have an idea now how I can maybe go about taking some pictures using natural light without my flash going off!

Our assignment for the first week is to take a portrait at a window.  This would be a lot easier if my subjects would sit still!   I am going to attempt more tomorrow, but here is my favorite.  Note though that I adjusted the color on this as I had the white balance set wrong and he was sort of a shade of blue in the original.

Window Portraits

All my Photography Class assignments here.

Say Cheese?

We had an appointment this morning with the photographer.  We were attempting a family portrait and Maria’s 18 month pictures (a little early to beat the Christmas rush).

I made the appointment for 9 a.m., so we’d be first in and Maria wouldn’t be tired.  But still, we didn’t get much.  Maria was not ready to sit still or pose. Not even with Chad and I.  So the time I spent hunting for outfits for all of us was to no avail.  We were able to get a few of Maria, and she will be going solo on the Christmas cards this year.  Definitely cute, but just frustrating when we had hopes for a family picture.

The Big Upgrade

No, not my blog. Our home PC! Yes, we did it. Last year (2006) our Christmas present to ourselves was a video camera in April (2007)!  This year (Christmas 2007) we got a computer in January (2008).

It looks sweet! Chad has it all set up. I have only touched the keyboard briefly and only to keep Maria from pushing every button! Busy busy, because she’s been sick.

My question to all of you out there is photo editing software!  Yes, I am upgrading from the Olympus stuff that came with our first digital camera, because we’re finally going to have enough memory to handle something new!

We received Pinnacle as a Christmas gift for our video editing (because we stopped using the video camera, because we couldn’t edit it!)  But I’ve never known anyone that’s used it for photos? (As I type, I realize I never asked my brother!).  But I’ve heard lots of good things about Photoshop, so wondering if we should get that, and Amazon has it on sale right now, plus a rebate, so need to act quickly!

Advice? Suggestions?