Ohh, a mere 27 years ago I graduated from college with a BS in Interior Design and a minor in Landscape Architecture, my goodness 27 years, where did the time go? OK, that is not the reason for this post… Photography is!
I do enjoy photography, I loved taking it in college “back in the day” when we actually learned to develop film for our projects and loved my trusted Canon AE1 but recently it has become impossible to “find” film. I think it is practically extinct! So sad!! But times have moved on and so have I; finally last year for my birthday I broke down and purchased a new update. I couldn’t stray away from my Canon so I chose the Rebel T1i; pretty much the same as my old Rebel X but now “digital” so no more hunts for film, and so much lighter!
I have photography envoy! I admit it! I love looking at people’s photos and wishhhh I could take expressive pictures like others… Great collages… such feelings… Oh stop it Shelley I know you can do it *say’s little voice in my head! So you have to know how happy I was when I got wind that my friends at SITS were going to start a photography series in the forum. I was so there, hand up! If you are a SITS girl, you know my hand is always up for these amazing women! So I’m here to tell you “GO!” “Go to the SITS site” and join in… if you like me have photography envoy. I promise you it will be rewarding… Have I ever let a SITS girl down?
The series is going to be for two weeks, from April 4th –our good old tax day the 15th. Lynda will be heading the series and will have a daily lesson for everyone on the site along with a few challenges prompting you to try a technique that we discussed. If you just want to focus on improving your photography, that’s fine too as you can share your photos on the forums, Flickr, Twitter or Facebook.
These are some key points from Lynda’s intro post so you have an idea of what this is all about:
Basic photography techniques which rely more on you holding any device that can capture images than knowing what aperture, ISO, RAW, SLR, f-stop, shutter speed or any other number of photography terms. (This post might just be the only place in the series where those words appear at all!) Instead, we’ll focus on:
Color and Black & White
Blogging with Photos:
Tools and photo tips to help you better incorporate original photographs into your blog and social networking presence, such as:
Free Online Photo Editing Tools
Making a Collage
Photo Sharing via Social Networking
Styling Your Photos in Your Articles
Protecting Your Photos
Six Reasons why you should join Lynda and Participate!
1. You do not need a fancy camera. This series will feature photos taken on cell phones and archaic pen cams. No special equipment is needed other than any device that can take pictures!
2. You do not need to know anything about photography. We’re not going to get too technical.
3. Professional and Amateur photographers are welcome to participate! If you do know a thing or two about photography, your knowledge and feedback will be invaluable. We hope you’ll participate, join in the discussion and refer us to articles you’ve written.
4. Taking pictures is fun and creative!
5. Social networking is enhanced and expanded with the addition of photography.
6. Readers are more engaged by original photography on a blog.
And joining in is soo easy and somehow I keep forgetting to mention it’s FREE!
How to Get Involved!
There are a number of ways to get involved, promote your site and find some new, great reads! This is not a time sensitive challenge and you may join in at any time!
Sign up on the SITS Forums! If you plan on participating, visit this thread to sign-up so we can follow along together! There will be daily discussions, additional questions, prompts and exercises in our discussion forums. You can also upload pictures there and post links to your blog entries related to the topic!
Twitter. Use the hashtag #SITSPics on Twitter! You can join in the conversation and follow along using our hashtag! If you need help getting set up on Twitter, check out this post I wrote What’s with all the Tweetering?
Flickr. Join the SITS Spring into Action Photo Challenge Group to share photos or screenshots of your blog entries related to the topics! (If you’re not sure what Flickr is or how to use it, we’ll be covering that in-depth on Day 4!)
So come on join in the fun, I am so excited about being a part of this group. Let’s go and learn together… and then maybe Annie Leibovitz will let me be her assistant or maybe just “hold” her camera! LOL