I remember when I got my camera. I had big plans for it organized in my head in a neat little package. I never had a camera before, and up until then I had only used a few cheap disposable ones. I was completely inexperienced with any camera. Then I used my camera for the first time.
It was an absolute success! The camera made it so easy to take pictures. Just one click and they came out great! This was going to be much easier than I ever thought. Nothing was going to stop me. Those first pictures looked great to me. The beautiful pictures I used for the wallpaper on my computer were now taken by me. I was off to the races.
After all of those first pictures my plans were moving along wonderfully. I was discovering so many new things because of my camera. This was all a great learning experience. And as I learned more about the camera, I learned that the easy automatic mode wasn't quite good enough for what I wanted to do.
I wanted better pictures so I began experimenting with the other modes the camera offered. There were so many things I wanted to do. I wanted to be able to take a picture of a bird in flight. I wanted the colors to be a little better. There were so many other things.
I began to reach some of these goals many times, like the bird in flight. I was getting better colors with the photos, and I was learning so much more. The pictures were piling up on my computer. I was compiling a vast library of my adventures in photography.
Then something ugly creeped into my pictures. Any time I took pictures of an animal the majority of the pictures were coming out blurry! This was a huge nuisance when I found something good, and I was left with nothing. Most of the time I still had at least a few good shots, but I had to solve this problem.
I thought I was at fault. I thought I must be shaking the camera out of excitement and nervousness at seeing my prey. I tried to correct this to no avail. Then as the seasons turned and Spring began to approach Summer the light from the sky changed. The light showed me what was wrong. It wasn't my fault at all!
As it turned out, in the mode I've been using, the camera has trouble focusing in certain light. I found out while trying to take a picture of yet another angry little squirrel. I saw the whole problem in the view screen, and it looked awful. I took ten pictures and one came out right.
I could blame the camera, but the problem is still not so simple as that. No matter how much I want it to be a lie, the problem is all my fault. The problem is not the camera, it's my lack of knowledge. I never took the time to learn the full capabilities of this camera. It's so easy to use that I haven't really tried to learn very much.
That's why I'm going to be putting more into learning how to actually use my camera now. I started yesterday. Old problems were solved and new problems showed up. I have eliminated blurry images, but replaced them with grainy ones. I hope to solve all of this as I continue to experiment. And I will continue!
This is just the beginning of my adventures in photography. Soon I will be triumphant!