Sunday, January 30, 2011

Everything I Have Learned about Photography

You will be pleased to know that after meticulous research (involving having checked out and read -- well, skimmed anyway -- at least two books on photography from the local public library) I have finally discovered the secrets to being a world-class photographer.

To save you the pains of your own personal research and experience, I have listed below the Seven Simple Steps to World-class Photography that every aspiring professional needs to know:

1) Own an expensive camera. Expensive cameras make even simple shots look ten times better, even the accidental shots you take of your own feet.

2) When you hold up your camera to take a shot, be sure that you're pointing it in the right direction. The tube-y bit that pokes out is called the lens, and that should be facing away from you.

3) If you really want to be sure it's going to be a good shot, look through the little square window at the top of the camera and see what you can see. (Again, if you're looking through the big tube at the front, you are holding the camera backwards. Don't be embarrassed if it takes you a few tries to master this step: it's a tough one!)

4) Make good use of space and natural light.

5) Never, ever center anything.

6) Be in the right place at the right time.

7) Take thousands upon thousands of shots. At least one is bound to turn out.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

2010 Reading Rundown

What with taking classes the second part of the year, my recreational reading count certainly took a hit. Here's a quick rundown of the overall reading tally for 2010:

Fiction: 24
Devotional/theology: 12
Scifi/Fantasy: 8
Classics: 7
Young Adult Fiction: 6
Non-fiction: 5
True Crime: 5
Travel: 4
Teaching: 3
History: 3
Poetry: 3
Humor: 2
Biography: 2

Total Books finished: 84

Resolved: to make life amazing

I haven't made resolutions as such, but I have started making a mental list of things I still would like to do to take life over the top from awesome to amazing:

  • sing/dance in a flash mob
  • learn to flip food in a pan without using a spatula
  • get my sister to drink coffee
  • memorize an entire book of the Bible
  • take Jumping pictures in the great American West
  • prank my students
  • take a stained glass window class from the art school near my chiropractor's office
  • divide by zero
  • Go to see Andre Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra. (Don't judge: it looks to be amazing, cheesy fun!)
  • master the art of knife throwing
  • travel to all the places on the map that I have not seen yet (and back to some of the ones I have already)
  • live in a conscious awareness of how much God blesses me
May this next year be one in which your life, too, seems amazing.