If I were to pick the single biggest improvement in my blog since it began, I would have to choose the photography. Now I'm not exactly Ansel Adams over here, but when you compare this...
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...to this, for example...
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...you can tell that there's been progress.
There are a number of things that account for the change but most significant is a photography class that I took last month. It was only nine hours total but it was a good starting point and helped me get over my fear of the camera's manual settings, etc.
On the last day of class, the instructor took questions about equipment. One of the questions that came up was about tripods and whether or not to invest in one. While the instructor didn't try to dissuade us from purchasing a tripod, he did recommend something we could use as an alternative.
He suggested that we make a "Camera Bean Bag." All you need is some neoprene fabric (because it's "grippy") and some lentils. He told us to create a pocket with the neoprene, fill it with the lentils and sew the whole thing up. The bean bag then serves as a stable place to put your camera if you want to take pictures using your timer, etc. And because it's filled with lentils, it's malleable, which enables you to point the lens exactly where you want it.
Of course doing this on my own would have required me to take my (six-year-old) sewing machine out of the box... and learn how to use it. And since I can only handle learning one new piece of equipment at a time, the sewing machine (and thus the bean bag) was going to have to wait.
But then I had an epiphany! On a recent trip to Marshall's I had admired a neoprene bag designed to protect an iPad. I set out to find another one and see if it could save me from the clutches of my sewing machine.
Imagine my delight when I found one at Tuesday Morning. (You know how I love Tuesday Morning!) And check out the price:
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That's right, $4.99. As my husband likes to say, "I couldn't afford not to buy it!" (<-- He usually says that while making fun of me, but I digress..)
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Shortly after finding the bag, I hightailed it over to Smart & Final for some lentils (which they were out of) so I got myself some split peas instead:
Then I poured them into the bag and zipped it up, no sewing required! (I ended up supplementing with some rice since I was short on peas.)