I was recently in Santa Fe, New Mexico for a photography workshop. As a “born again” photographer I am taking every opportunity to take part in workshops, attend classes, enroll in seminars and search out information online in order to play catch up for my lost years of using a point and shoot camera.
I am paying for my sins both monetarily and with a high frustration level as I am nowhere near as good a photographer as I was back in the day.
I gave up “serious” photography decades ago in order to work at boring jobs to support myself when I could have spent my days under the radar as a dilettante photography student! But there is no point in second guessing.
Oh well. Today is today and I start from here… All those years slogging away at mostly unrewarding jobs has paid off in some measure with a passable Social Security check and a pension that covers the cost of cat food. So, now is my time!
I may not ever be the greatest photographer whoever lived but as any of my friends will tell you, I love to learn and I live to discover new things… so I am enjoying the journey. And photography satisfies the cravings of both my left and right brain. Technology meets art… what more could I possibly ask for? And it dovetails with my new life as a tour guide.
Santa Fe was a big commitment but I am glad I did it as it gave me the motivation to move ahead. If I made such a big effort to spend the money and take the time then I must make it worthwhile. So I feel good about it.
I attended the same workshop in Miami last year. At that time I had recently bought my first DSLR camera and just about knew where the on switch was. I was not about to tempt fate by turning the dial out of auto mode.
Fortunately, as an artist and graphic designer I have a reasonably good sense of composition. So my photos were pretty good, considering.
A year later I was shooting in aperture and shutter speed preferred and able to change the ISO when necessary. Some progress. I was also shooting in RAW and processing the images in Lightroom.
As a Photoshop junkie I had the hardest time wrapping my brain around its little cousin. But the lightbulb eventually went on and now I see Lightroom is really an indispensable program for a photographer. I still use Photoshop for some tweaking, but not as much.
Well, this post certainly did not take the route I was planning for it. I was going to write about some of the tourist sites I visited. So instead of a travelog, I have uploaded some random shots of the Santa Fe area.
As the title promises, I’ll be back with more stuff at some point.
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