Just Messing Around

We’re all in contact with digital technology. It can be more than difficult to learn the full capabilities of the tools we use every day. I bought a Sony 3N Digital SLR camera almost three years ago. I have taken thousands of pictures, not knowing how to use it. Every once in a while, I got lucky. I have a zillion excuses for not taking a class, but I’ll spare you my long list.

With so many disappointing results, I turned to my iPhone for picture-taking.

Something wasn’t right.

I stopped by Mike’s Camera in Boulder. The man behind the counter shrugged. “It’s a great camera,” he said.

I signed up for a class.

*mind blown*

I messed around with the settings and took some pictures in my yard. Here are some of the results:

juniper berries taken with macro lens

 

close up of snow crab next to pond

 

Crabtree blossoms with macro lens

I cropped the last photo which was already in zoom. Suck it, iPhone!

It's a duck on a pond

I regret not taking the class sooner, but I’m a coffee cup half-full kinda girl.

It made me wonder what else I don’t know. Probably more than I think. Ask anyone. And yes, you will see more photos on the Wild Ride.

Do you like to take classes? Are you into photography? Do you like ducks or would you like to creep up behind that drake and give him a little scare?

60 thoughts on “Just Messing Around

    • Thanks so much!
      That’s the trick! I had a compact digital before buying this one and was bummed that I had given up a lot of features. Boy, was I wrong. I just played around with scene and only for a short time since the clouds rolled in. I would love to mess with the crazy “toy camera” settings. I have no idea what they do!

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  1. Good on you Suzie. I’ve always loved photography, always thought about taking a class but just never got round to it. I’ll just keep sneaking around on that duck!

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    • Thanks, Miriam!
      I would love to take more of them. It made a world of difference. My camera had been stuck in a weird mode since I bought it.
      That pair of ducks are out there every day. I’ll watch for you…. 🙂

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    • Thanks so much, Nancy!
      I was thrilled when I got the camera and had been looking forward to the macro mode. When I closed in on something the macro icon would pop up. It didn’t blur the background. Little did I know only one setting away lay all these great little toys… 🙂

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  2. It’s amazing what a few courses can teach us, isn’t it? Great shots, Susie. I still lug my beloved Canon Rebel around, but have to admit I’m pretty darn happy with the results on my iPhone. Never would have believed it!

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    • Yep! One two hour class and POW!
      The iPhone can work pretty well outside and if the subject isn’t too far away. I’ve been really disappointed with anything farther like my Bronco parade photos and anything indoors at night. I love your photos, Pat!

      The instructor said that film is making a comeback, but that digital can be better in some ways. What’s weird is they can be enlarged without a problem. Who knew? My camera has been stuck in a weird mode for THREE years!

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  3. Those photos are great, the first three look 3D! I’m the same, I always try and just figure out stuff for myself and so never get it quite right, I can’t be bothered to give the time to learning it properly, which is completely false economy, but do I learn from that? No!

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    • Thanks, Vanessa. I’m the same way, but I had a feeling I was missing something. I had no idea my camera had so many features. I thought I would have to learn how to use it manually. Whew!

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  4. I have been doing photography since I was around 13 and have been through various styles of cameras throughout the years. I use a Nikon D5000 right now and love it! You have a natural eye I can see for photography plus a naughty streak in scaring ducks – hehe – such a Wild Rider. I enjoy taking classes as well as taking how to books out of the library to learn more. Have Fun & Enjoy 🙂 Happy Day!

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    • Hahaha! You crack me up. Sounds just like me! I have researched some technical stuff online, but not for my camera. All these super cool features were right there the whole time!!!!
      Thanks for stopping by, Myra!

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  5. Taking really good photos always seems like too much calculating for me. My hubby’s into it but I’m just a point and shut kind of gal! Like your photos – good job!

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  6. I have a point-and-shoot digital that I hardly ever use anymore. I’d like to get rid of it, but no one’s interested. xP

    I figure for as infrequently as I take pictures, I might as well use my phone. (And I DON’T do selfies!) (I call them “selfishes”–does that tell you anything?)

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  7. Gorgeous pics, Susie! At the risk of sounding like an old fuddy-duddy, what happened to the clearly written user manuals that allowed us to figure out such things without having to take a class?

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    • Thanks so much, Kassandra! I’m almost positive they directed me to a site and I promptly proceeded to lose those instructions. I could have Googled them, but it never occurred to me. 🙂

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  8. Fabulous shots. It definitely pays to take a class or two I’d say. I paid a guy for one full day’s tuition when I first had my dslr. I then went to camera club for 6 weeks till I couldn’t stand the competitive nature of the members for a single minute longer – I don’t have a competitive bone in my body. The joy of never using automatic settings on my dslr camera has been immense. So happy for you to discover that joy. These are lovely photos.

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    • Thanks, Suzy!
      Ha! I’m totally using automatic settings on my camera. The class instructed us on camera features and settings and didn’t delve in too much during the two hours. I would love to learn how to take pictures on my own, someday…

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  9. I’ve loved photography since I was 10 and got my first camera. Got my first SLR camera when I was 23 and bought a little booklet from Kodak at the same time that explained the basics of shooting (shutter speed, aperture, etc.). I never took a class until about 4 years ago when I took one for basic digital photography. Learned some great tips for editing. These days I keep my point and shoot camera in my purse, and I also use my cell phone camera. But my baby is a Canon 70D (with several lenses). I love to shoot in full manual mode, but pop it into shutter priority when shooting moving objects like birds or my kid. Taking pictures is my zen. In fact, I’ve been editing some for an upcoming post. Love your shots!

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  10. That second one with the sharp focused details against the soft background is outstanding. OK the duck, too.
    New skills are exciting. Can’t imagine any place better than Boulder to learn cool stuff from people. 2 hours? Wow, they must have packed in the info and paced/explained it well.
    Oh, OK, I’ll haul out the real camera this summer. Wish there was a laid-back camera place here.
    Cool pix!

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  11. Me wanna learn too! 🙂 All these are fantastic but I especially like the second picture. Always wanted to know how to do that where the subject closer is vividly clear and the background is sort of blurry but still clear enough! I guess I better begin by getting a camera first!

    I took a jewelry making class and loved it! All it took was one class and I was able to do so much. 🙂

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  12. I used to do a it of photography on my fully manual Pentax K1000 35mm film camera. Every now and then I get frustrated with my phone camera and think I’d like a proper camera again, but I think I’d definitely need a class to get into he digital age!

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    • My Sony 3N makes everything really easy, I didn’t know anything about it. I bought it the day before a trip to Spain and was between surgeries for breast cancer. It took me all this time to take the introductory class. It was so worth it. There are so many features in automatic! You would love it!

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  13. Cool pics! I’ve been told I have a good eye for photography, but I’m a little too busy living life to remember to take pictures. I’ve decided though that the first step is to keep my camera in my car. Having it with me would help! Some day I would like to take some classes at the local university just for fun. The ones college kids dread are the most interesting I would think!!!

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    • Thanks so much, Michelle!
      You have the right idea. Sometimes I look through the lens too much and forget to see what’s around me! For a while I was so frustrated with my camera I turned to my phone for everything. Not anymore. I learned it has a true focal zoom and how to take pictures in any situation that will turn out fantastic! All I needed was a two hour introduction.
      Classes at the University would be great!!
      Thanks for stopping by the Wild Ride!

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  14. These are some great shots Susie! I really like the second one a lot! Looks great! Is it amazing how one little class can help change perspective a little? So happy you finally took the class and that it was mind blowing 🙂 I’ve wanted to take a class, but don’t have a fancy camera for it … It doesn’t even have settings. 🙂

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  15. Love the pics, Susie. Mathair and I have never really gotten into photography ourselves, but we absolutely love the look of it and nature shots are our faves. I also have a soft spot for black and white photos. Your pictures are already so beautiful I can’t imagine how great they’ll be once you’re waist deep in those classes. 😉

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