When I was in college, I wanted to be a photographer. My parents bought me a manual camera and an automatic one (both requirements for the photography classes I was taking). I enrolled in my first ever photography class. I was super excited about this opportunity to be in the dark room and get to develop my pictures.
You see my Grandpa Max was a photographer and I thought maybe I had some of his natural abilities. I think I take a pretty good picture and that my skill level is decent. I've been paid to shoot a couple of weddings and even some Senior Pictures, but it's just another thing that I have tried and only been mediocre.
I changed my major in college after this photography class. Why? Because I HATED being in the dark room. I would stand there for hours, developing my film. If you didn't have the chemicals balanced, it messed up everything you had shot. TOO MUCH STRESS. If I was lucky to get the roll of film developed, I then began the process of transferring the photos from the film strip to the paper. It was so hard and TOO STRESSFUL to make sure that everything was lit properly. Every second I spent in there was spent stressing if I was going to ruin my project.
I have a few good things to show for my semester long photography experience. I took a really cool picture of my younger brother that my mom likes to call, "Stripling Warrior". I learned some really cool techniques, like how to frame a shot and how to use lighting. But now with everything being digital, I never learned how to edit on the computer. I never learned to use any kind of software to help make my pictures pop!
I recently downloaded a free copy of Photoshop Lightroom that has a 30-day free trial. In between feedings, diaper changes, and playing with my kids, I have been playing around on it. I took some picture of my Love Bug and edited them. Here is the one I like the best. What do you think?