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Photography: Amateur Status

I’ve always had a point-and-shoot camera up until a few years ago when the local Circuit City was going out of business. Everything was on triple clearance and not lasting long. After browsing the store to see what they still had left, we came across their cameras and because it was such a good deal, we couldn’t pass up purchasing a Nikon D40.

Nowadays, I am, almost every time with few exceptions, the person behind the camera taking pictures rather than the one in the pictures. Not that I mind in the least as I am one of those females that will tell you I don’t photograph well and that I like being the “eternal picture-taker.” I am certainly still an amateur when it comes to taking pictures but it doesn’t keep me from trying.

There are so many things that an SLR camera can do and I have only scratched the surface. I do know the different settings (i.e. sport, landscape, closeup, etc.) and one of my favorites has to be the closeup. I love the way the camera focuses in on that one special spot or object and then blurs the rest away.

I’m sure the more I use it, the better my shots will be become. You can take the same shot over and over again and it may take that last shot to get what you wanted out of the photo. Below are a few photos that I took this past summer on a camping trip with some friends.

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