Sunday, May 17, 2009

Introduction To Digital Photography Class

I recently mentioned in an early post that I got a new Digital SLR Camera for my birthday back in March. I havn't really had a chance to take a lot of photos with it as I haven't been anywhere or do much in the past few months as I have been so busy with other things. It is a CANON EOS 450D, it is fantastic, the quality is so much better and I was so much happier with this than my old Digital camera. That was until I went to Convention and was trying to use it in the Main Theatre, I ended up taking over 550 pictures, but I was really disappointed with how they turned out when I downloaded them at home, probably under half were any good!
I really struggled with trying to figure out which settings it should have been on.

When I got my camera, I did look into going and doing a Basic Photography Course with either a Camera shop or photographer, but then I was unsure about attending a course as I didn’t know all the proper lingo and thought I wouldn’t understand what they were talking about, and I didn't want to look like a idiot, so I thought I’d wait.

At the end of this week, Anthony and I are off to Singapore. We are going on a 7 day cruise with the Virgo Star, which cruises up and down the Malacca Straight, we are going for 9 days in total and each day we have the option to do different day trips to Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Malacca. It still hasn’t sunk in yet, but as I start to pack and get organised I think things might change!

So with my new camera in mind I’ve been thinking of all the thousands of photos we are going to be taking, and this scared me a little as I was thinking of my bad experience I had at Convention!! I would be really disappointed if I ended up with crappy photos from our cruise. Anyway, during the week I received my monthly newsletter from my local Scrapbooking Shop (Daisy Chain), and there marked for Saturday 16th May was an Introduction to Digital Photography (ohh was this a sign!!) So I rang and spoke to Jenny (the lady who was running this) as my concerns were that it was for general point and shoot Digital Cameras rather than SLR’s, but as I was talking to Jenny, she told me that she had the same camera as mine, and that I would probably benefit from it also. So I decided I would go along.
I had a fantastic day, I learnt so much that I never knew, even general things about digital cameras. There were only 5 of us in the class (all ladies) and Jenny explained and showed us different settings that were on both styles of cameras, I didn’t even know these settings existed on my old point and shoot camera!! Most of us who attended actually had SLR’s which was really good.
We learnt about ISO, Resolutions, White Balance, Aperture and Shutter Speed (this still scares me, but I have a better understanding what it actually means), I had no idea what some of these meant or let alone what they actually did! We learnt how to improve your photographs, plus so much more. (Gee, I almost sound like I know what I'm talking about!!)
I would stronly recommend taking a class to anyone, new or old to using Digital Camera’s! We covered so much, my head was spinning with details when I got home. Anthony wanted to see if I actually learned anything so he suggested that we head down to the beach and take some photos! So off we went, camera in hand (and my notes)
Above are some photos which I took (using my new found information), usually I would have left the settings on auto or landscape!!
I can tell the difference already, hopefully I can remember all this and come back with thousands of GREAT photos of our trip!
Sorry it’s such a long post, but I had so much to say as I learnt so much, and a huge THANK YOU to Jenny.
Thanks for reading…Jules

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Happy Birthday

This was a Birthday Card I made back in April for friends of ours, little boy, Ned. I think he like it, but he was more impressed with what was inside, A Gift Voucher!
This card was inspired by Heather
A few months ago Heather had a online punch class that I took part in and this was one of her designs.

What I used:
Stamps: Basic Phrases
Cardstock: Kraft,Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss,Old Olive and Close to Cocoa
Accessories: 1 3/4" circle punch, Large Oval,5 Petal Flower,Word Window,Small Oval, 1/4" circle, googley eye

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Stampin' Up! Convention 2009

Paper Angels is the name of our group and Liz is our Team Leader.
The above photo is of some of the ladies in our group... Loren, Liz(Team Leader) Robyn and me. We had shirts made this year with the PaperAngels logo on them for convention. They turned out really well, and we all looked good in matching shirts! There were 16 in total who attended accross a few groups, so it was easy to find each other. We had quite a few people comment on how good they looked also (I think we may have started something).(click on the first photo to see the logo better)

Convention is so much fun, not only is it a girls weekend, but you get to catch up with old friends, meet new ones, get to stamp and attend informative forums about Stampin' Up! At the end of the 2 days you walk away feeling Inspired, Creative and your head is spinning with thousands of ideas, that you can't wait to get home and put into practice!

The photo below is of most of us who attended in the main Theatre on the first day. Some ladies were missing for this photo!


My Swap...

This was my Swap that I made for our recent Australian Stampin' Up! Convention 2009. I only made 50, but I was happy with that, I did swap them all, but I have to make one more and mail it out to Tamra (see I didn't forget) as I ran out by the time she arrived!
As I mentioned I swapped all mine, so in return I received 50 swaps back, I haven't gotten around to taking a photo of these yet, so when I do I will post a photo of them.
It's great receiving swaps and seeing what other great ideas and designs that people come up with using the same stamp sets. What is also great, I now have 50 cards that I can show my customers and I don't need to purchase all the stamp sets in the catalogue!(yeh right!)

Stamp Set: Fifth Avenue Floral
Cardstock: Kraft, Old Olive, Baja Breeze and Whisper White
Inks: Old Olive, Close to Cocoa, Baja Breeze
Other: Scalloped Edge Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Baja Breeze 5/8" Striped Ribbon, Kaiser Craft Bling


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