Do you remember the feeling of the last day of school? Of course, you do. The urgent beat of the pending summer married with the laze of unparalleled freedom? The feeling that you had all the time in the world to do whatever you wanted? Yeah. I've got that today. I turned in my last grades this morning and have spent the rest of the day daydreaming about all things far from work-related, such as the house renovation, photography, and baking.
Currently, I'm downloading a free trial of Lightroom by Adobe. I've been frustrated with my photo-editing options but didn't feel ready for Photoshop. Lightroom sounds perfect for my needs, so I'm going to give it a shot. Anyone use it and have any advice? I've been watching introductory videos and realizing there is so much more that I could be doing with my images. I'm not sure I'll always take the time to use all those features, but the differences can be amazing. I've often felt conflicted about digital image alteration. It is an art form, but it somehow feels distinct from the art of capturing a great shot - without any manipulation. I have friends who shoot 100 pictures to my 10 because I'm always trying to catch just the right shot. They may end up with something "better," but isn't that just luck? Isn't it more skillful to see it and catch it without shooting blindly? I'm not sure.
One of my summer goals will be to get better at using the more advanced features of my camera. The Photo a Day project should help. You've probably seen these around. Here's the list for May, which just happens to be my birthday month:
Since I pulled this list from Pinterest, it will also be a good step in my Pin It and Do It Challenge participation. I won't post every day, but perhaps on Saturdays, I'll post my week in images. Now, excuse me, because with only three and a half months of summer available, I need to go get reading.