I’ve spent a year pushing myself to take photos on a daily basis – Project 365 2012. My goal was to improve my skills and make sure I recorded the ordinary moments of my children’s days.
Officially, the project ended on Saturday, my birthday. Unofficially, it ended at the beginning of 2013. Or maybe it ended last August when I dropped my camera and damaged my favorite lens. Even though I replaced the lens, I felt like I couldn’t depend on the camera after that.
I ended the year-long project with lots of great memories and a new appreciation for photography and its ability to capture and elevate the ordinary.
Enter the Iphone
When I began to feel my digital camera was undependable, I picked up my iPhone more often. I played around with Instagram though I wish it had more effects. I also played around with Photojus; my 4 year old loves their effects. I found myself realizing my iPhone could be my grab and go camera and a tool for organizing and notating things in my life.
When I understood the power of hashtags in Instagram and Flickr, I began to review all my stored images and tagging them. I’m tagging photos based on my children’s names, places we’ve been to, possible blog topics, and other projects. I have 3 First Communion Albums to put together in the next 4 years; I’m going to appreciate the ability to search based on tags.
My new camera: the Canon Digital 50 D and 28 – 75 mm wide angle lens
Last fall, I started researching a new camera and setting aside money for the purchase. My first priority was a new camera body since I already have a set lens that work for me – 50mm f/1.8, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens, 75-300mm f/4-5.6 telephoto lens, and a macro lens. Knowing that photography was not only hobby for me, but also an integral part of my blogging, I wanted to upgrade from my 7 year old Canon Digital Rebel to a entry-level professional digital camera. I also knew I didn’t need or want the latest and greatest. I didn’t need a camera with video. I already had the iPhone and a Kodak video camera.
After much researching and discussion, I settled on a used Canon 50D. It had everything I was looking for. It was only a 2 year old model. I bought mine through KEH after a great conversation with one of their sales people. I also went with a Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 to round out my lens collection. I took the lens for a test drive at an event yesterday and loved it.
Will I Do Another Project 365?
I don’t think I will. Instead I will focus on photo prompts and specific projects. My friend Stephanie of A Grande Life does a fun photo prompt for Instagram (#photoadayAGL) every month. I know I want to take lots of pictures of our family’s field trips and activities during the summer. I also want to spend time teaching my kids how to take pictures using my retired Canon Digital Rebel.
You’re welcome to follow along on my photo adventures on Flickr.
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