Amateur Photographer

Photography is quite the learning process and I finally dove into headfirst after years of using the trusty auto setting on my Canon Rebel XL.  Although I did take some pretty snazzy pictures, I knew they were far from where they should be.  The colors could be more vibrant, the composition needed work, and I had no idea how to do this. I was lucky enough to take a class where I learned the basics. Long story short, I can now use the manual setting to a certain degree.  Although I try, I get frustrated when I can’t figure out how to make my pictures look the way I want them to.  I look at other photographers pictures and wonder how they have the eye for perfect composition.  How do they get such amazing color in their photos?  Then I remember that I am an amateur.  I need to continue learning and practice as much as I can.  Although I prefer to learn hands on with someone who knows what they are doing, I need to watch YouTube videos to learn more at this point.  It really boils down to me lacking the confidence to feel deep down that I can do it.   This has always been a struggle for me.  Everything I do is average.  In this case, I take average pictures.  I hate the idea of trying and failing, even though I feel like I am failing now.  It doesn’t make sense, does it?  At 49, I should be past this stage.  I obviously am not.  Now that I am retired, I am going to force myself to put in the effort and improve.  I deserve it!  

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