May 13

Photography Q&A

2010 at 5:01 pm   |   by Janelle Bradshaw Filed under Fun & Encouragement | Girltalkers

cameraYou have questions about photography? I probably don’t have the answers!

But given the volume of questions we’ve received, I thought I’d do a couple of posts about it. I’m happy to share what I know—it won’t take long!

My picture-taking career began in my senior year of high school. I took a photography class and hated it! Said I would never do that again. It was in the ancient days of film and I didn’t enjoy long hours in the darkroom. But over the summer—for some strange reason, which I still can’t explain—I began to miss photography, and yes, even the darkroom. Come fall I enrolled in another photography class at our local community college. For the next few years I took as many photography classes as I could. I even convinced my mom to let me turn my bathroom at home into a darkroom. (Thanks, Mom!)

Fast-forward a few years to the birth of my first daughter, Caly. By then I had purchased a digital camera and I began to read everything I could get my hands on related to photography. Google was my access pass and Caly was my guinea pig. Through research and practice, I learned more in the year after Caly was born than in all my time sitting in class.

And that brings us to the present. As time allows I still love to spend time researching and practicing. I took an online class last year. I also have a few friends who graciously answer my ignorant questions and share their knowledge with me.

Over the next few weeks I will attempt to share some of the things that I am still learning. But please be aware—I’m not a professional. If you hear or read something that contradicts what I say, assume I’m in the wrong! Many of you who read this blog know a lot more than me, so I would be grateful for any and all suggestions.

Look out for a photography post sometime next week.