My first interest in photography began about 4 years ago when I bought my first digital camera. It was only 2.1 megapixels and it amazed me how the pictures improved when I took the advice of moving in closer and filling the frame. My full time job is a mother to two beautiful girls but I just had to have the lastest digital SLR which was at that time the Canon 20D. To ask my husband to buy me a $1300 device which was only to be used as a hobby was unthinkable so I decided to earn the money myself by working part-time at Sears Portrait Studio during the Christmas season of 2004. I wasn't able to earn that $1300 so I settled for a 35mm SLR which I now use today. I miss the benefits that a digital camera provides but my 35mm helps me to learn about light, composition, and forces me to visualize what my picture will look like. I am finding less use of Photoshop and that is my goal - to create a correctly exposed and composed photo which requires little or no help from digital software. When this becomes consistent then I will feel more like a professional. Good luck to all aspiring photographers as myself.
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