Leanne broke me through! I now love working with my DSLR. My battery died, so I didn’t work with it a lot on that day, but I’m no longer reluctant to use it after seeing her use hers with as much ease as I use my compact. I just soaked up her photography habits like a sponge. At first I was intimidated and afraid to take pictures because I was with a “real” photographer. But we talked nonstop and almost immediately on the first stop, Port Lonsdale, I felt I was with an old friend and I just started taking all the weird little photos that caught my eye after getting the big obvious ones out of the way! Leanne understands.
Leanne told me about RAW format. I decided to use it with PhotoShop Elements, a light-weight version of Photoshop that came with my Wacom Bamboo. I just started experimenting with it. The first is the original and the second I increased the black. I am missing some features and it was hard to figure out how I saved this, but I’ve seen enough to know I want the software and I want RAW files. And I love my DSLR. I just keep it on auto. One step at a time. At least now I’m pulling out the big guy and not being intimidated by it.
I like the soft coloring of the first one and the detail in the sky of the second one.