Adventures in Photography

I still have a lot to learn, but man this is fun!
Here are a few of the wintry snapshots that I’ve shot over the years.
Winter 2008, Manassas VA, unedited
 Winter 2008, Asheville NC, unedited
Winter 2008, Asheville  NC, edited
Winter 2011, New Bern NC, unedited
Winter 2009, Pensacola FL, unedited
Hopefully there will be many more to come =) Though reading Photography for Dummies wasn’t as helpful as I had hoped it would be. Haha!  Whats your fav photography resource?  Do you typically learn through trial and error?  Books?  Classes?  Pinterest?


  1. says

    Wow! Those are some really nice shots! I’ve been working on my photography a bit too. My favorite way to learn is by reading books. One I really love and makee it fairly simple (with lots of photos) is Plate to Pixel by Helene Dujardin.

  2. Bailey says

    Love all these photos!  I don’t have an actual SLR since I really wouldn’t have any idea what i was doing, but I do love editing photos!  There are so many crazy things you can do with even the worst quality shot photo!  Can’t wait to see more in future posts!

  3. Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit says

    Tell me about it. I’m scared to take pictures of things other than food. I can never get the composition right. Ever. I love the icicle picture!!

  4. says

    I got my Canon Rebel almost exactly 2 years ago and I learned the most through trial and error and lots and LOTS of practice!  I do have a few photography books though, and my new recent favorite that relates to food photography is Helene Dujardins Plate to Pixel.  It’s made a big difference in the quality of my food photos so it was a great buy purchase for me!  Love all of your winter shots!

  5. says

    I think I am more of a trial and error type of girl. I continue to be frustrated with my own photos, and yet still haven’t read a single thing. I guess someday I will. These photos are gorgeous!

  6. says

    I like this post because…

    UNO — Hello! Photography! No brainer. πŸ˜‰

    DOS — I’m quite wanting to possibly, maybe, potentially, please Lord, move to oh…North Carolina or Virginia (my parents just vacationed in VA, actually)…or anywhere with 4 seasons as opposed to 1.5…..aaaaaaaand….my former bf (long story) lives in New Bern….aaaaaand I’m a FL girl even though Pensacola is like a billion hours from me…but it’s still FL….so this post hits on many parts of my life…sans the snow and icicles. (Is that even how you spell it? I wouldn’t know. Ha!)

    TRES — Let me think of part “tres” b/c it’s not the same with just “uno y dos”. Si? Ummmm…I like you. Yes, I like this post b/c I like you. It happened quickly, you know. :)

    BTW…I like to number things…and if it just happens to be in my non-native language of Spanish, which is practically my native language (and that only makes sense b/c of where I live and who I married)…then great!

    2nd BTW – I leave very random comments.

    You will grow to love them.

    At least that’s what I tell myself.

    Oh yeah…photography: I am mostly self-taught…books, online stuff, the boring camera manual, LOTS and LOTS of practice (best way to learn). I did also attend Nikon school (yep, I’m a Nikon girl) when they came to town. It was cool to go and have the experience.
    I think great photography is a combination of a good eye + good equipment. But…a good eye can compensate for lack of good equipment. (Unless you’re shooting professionally!) Does that make sense? A couple of my fave pics were taken in NYC and Pennsylvania on my point and shoot a couple of years before I had a good DSLR. Now, I probably couldn’t blow them up on a big canvas!, but the perspective and lighting of the shots compensate for the lack of amazing lens, etc. πŸ˜‰ For those who are more naturally artsy/creative (like you) it’s a bit easier, but it can be taught. Just takes time. I still definitely have roooooom to improve. Learning never stops.

    I think you’re doing great! You have the eye! BTW…you should watermark your pics!…particularly food pics (you know, the ones I keep saying I want to eat off your screen – haha). If you don’t have Photoshop or something, use,…one of those. You don’t want someone using your pics without crediting you! Bad people. Bad.)

    This concludes the
    Thank you and have a great day. πŸ˜‰


  7. says

    Oh man…I am so NOT a photographer. I have said that on my blog…lol! If I ever want to really make it nice I’m going to have to do some serious photography-learning work! Love these pics! Especially the ice in Florida. So pretty.

  8. says

    how fun! πŸ˜€  I love the icicles one and the water drops!  I’ve been wanting to get into some good books out there, just never made time for it.  I learn through trial and error+getting inspired by just looking at pics. 

  9. says

    My mom has been my best photography resource, she’s a great photographer and was a professional for a while. I think the best way to learn is by working with someone who knows what they’re doing. They can help you tweak your settings and improve your pics!
    (I like the bokeh Christmas tree! I think my mom is writing a tutorial for our blog this week about good pictures of a Christmas tree!)

  10. NestCandy says

    I have learned a lot from blogs. I stumble upon most of the posts I read on Pinterest. Just so you know, I just recently pinned the link to the Stanford photography class online for free. You should check it out.  I am sure it is more technical than photography for dummies, so it might prove to be more interesting for you. 

  11. Annie from Blonde Glambition says

    I’ve learned a ton through trial and error. A few blogs have tutorials and I know that pinterest has several thinks to them. I also started a 365 Project the beginning of the year to force me to use my camera everyday and to experiment more. Now that I am nearing the end of the project, I can see how much my photography skills have developed. That might be something you would like to try :)

  12. says

    First off, your comments over on my blog cracked me up.  BALLER is not NEARLY used enough in food blogging :)

    I love your winter snaps!  If this is what you’re doing with zero knowledge, I can’t wait to see what you whip out when you up your skillzzzz.

    By the way, I got Plate to Pixels for my birthday and it is my photography bible.

  13. says

    I love my Plate to Pixel book by Helene of Tartelette. I didn’t even know aperture or shutter priority functions existed until this book. What a difference! LOL. Love the last pic. But super chilly! 

  14. says

    Thank you!! You seriously leave the best comments ever =) I look forward to them! People are always taking recipes but I haven’t noticed photos yet.. though good idea! I just want to find a way to do it that doesn’t take away from the photo. My “eye” gets all pissy when my photos aren’t right. lol!

    Where in SOFL are you!? I just read in one of your posts that you’re down there and that is totally where I spent 99% of my life! Hubs was a Miami boy and I grew up in Coral Springs!

    and i’m a nikon girl too!!! =) I shoot with a D90 – what do you use? So crazy that we have like a bajillion and one things in common! i love it!

  15. Heidi Stone says

    Hey, just found your blog today via your quinoa post and have been browsing ever since! I’m a portrait photographer and I can say without a doubt that the book you want to read is Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson. It. Is. PHENOMENAL. And written in layman’s terms, so you will DEFINITELY be able to understand it!

    Also….Rule of Thirds…basically means that your main focus (subject’s eyes, etc.) should lie on a particular point on an invisible grid. Here’s a little tut on that:

    Anyway, AWESOME to have found your blog! :) Come visit me if you’d like!

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