BetterPhoto Member: Lynda L. Spangler

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I am strictly an amateur in photography, having dabbled on and off since high school (which was many years ago...) as various things inpired me. Historically I have most enjoyed taking pictures in nature as I have travelled around to various places. I am one of those people who is annoying to travel with because I have to stop every few feet it seems to consider another possible photo option. I have been in all 50 states and can find things I like about all of them, although my go-back-to place is definitely Alaska.
I live on the northwest shore of Lake Superior, so there are some nice options for photography near at hand that I hope to explore with this course. Accessing areas in nature is tricky around here at this time of year, but I hope I can do justice to some of the wonderful places around here over the next 4 weeks.

My most recent photographic challenge has come by virtue of joining a group in the FLICKR photo-sharing web site called 52 weeks for dogs. This group challenges members to produce one picture per week of your dog for a year. There are a number of professional pet photographers in this group, and I am amazed at the great shots they post and have been inspired to try to be more intentional and creative with my dog portraits. I hope this group can help me with that! I have one dog who is a fairly willing subject, but is quite a challenge because she is solid black. I'm sure you all will meet her at some point in this course. My other dog is solid black and pure white - a photographic nightmare of contast. He is fine with that, as he really doesn't like having his picture taken any way.

I don't have any serious photo processing software at this time. Last year's tax return was the new camera (Nikon D-90), hopefully there will be some left this spring for a new computer and sofware. That said, I want to challenge myself to get closer to my desired result right out of the camera. I'm sure I will continue to crop and make minor adjustments, but I know the camera has the capability of doing much of what I want to achieve without extra processing, if I can learn to use those capabilities effectively.

That's my story! Looking forward to this class.

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