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Lobster dinner last Thursday

I have always taken a lot of pictures (there are over 5,000 photos in my iPhoto library right now). I’ve documented my entire adult life with photographs – people I love, special events celebrated, places I’ve been, and lobsters I’ve eaten (hee hee). My older pictures are stored in those sticky albums of long ago – fading away as we speak. I always have wonderful intentions to put these old photos into archival safe albums, but there never seems to be time. My pictures from 1999 (when my oldest was born) and forward are all in scrapbooks which my boys love to flip through. I’ve moved on to digital albums now which are so much faster and easier to create.

I never thought of myself as a particularly good photographer. During my college years I had a tendency to cut off the tops of people’s heads when taking a picture. I seem to have outgrown this problem, since I think it was more of a function of the camera I was using – a Kodak Disc Camera. Remember these? The viewfinder was pretty small.

I moved on to a regular 35 mm camera at some point, probably a Kodak of some form or another that was an easy point and shoot camera. I never wanted any camera that was remotely complicated. In 2004 I bought my first digital camera – a Kodak EasyShare. WOW a big whopping 2 megapixels!

Quickly I discovered how incredibly awesome the world of digital photography was. I didn’t have to use a tiny viewfinder anymore – although in 2004 the screen was only 1.5 square inches. I could tell right away if I captured what I wanted with the camera (it was always torture waiting for pictures to be developed to see if I really caught the moose on film). And I could delete all the bad pictures – the blurry ones, the ones where people’s heads were cut off, the silly faces ones, the “I think I blinked” ones.

I am now on my third Kodak EasyShare camera. This latest one takes pictures up to 14 megapixels, the screen is 2″ by 3″ and apparently I can share directly to Facebook, but I haven’t figured that out yet. I can use some pretty nifty settings – beach, snow, night, sunset, close-up, landscape, and more.

I have to admit that I haven’t really tried to use any of these settings. I pretty much point and shoot which was the whole point of the camera. I delete a lot of pictures because the lighting was off or it came out blurry. Indoor pictures and action shots pose the greatest challenge for me. Perhaps if I took the time to learn how these settings on my camera work, I would take better pictures.

Maybe. Maybe not. Here’s a picture of the beach that I took using the regular setting, not the beach setting. Not bad, if I do say so myself.

I thought I wanted a newer, fancier camera with a big zoom lens (I have lens envy). But I think I will stick with my Point and Shoot for a little while longer. I think it has more to offer than I originally thought or understood.


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