Saturday, March 24, 2012

Review- Proud Photography

Last fall, I finished the photography course I was taking, and I finally am getting around to telling ya'll about it.
I found the course while searching for courses that are nice and affordable (I was not going to pay $1,000). The day I found it just happened to be two days before my 18th birthday, and it was on sale for, if I remember right, $92.
My parents bought the course for me as a birthday present and they, along with some of my siblings, also gave me half the money toward a camera!
At first, I did the lessons as often as I could, but as it got toward the end and the assignments were a little harder (a city at night, around here?!), I did them as I was able to take the pictures. (I got the city at night picture when I went to Indianapolis with my grandparents. It can be seen here.)
The course has 13 lessons. They include-  Introduction, Right Exposure: Shutter Speed, Right Exposure: Aperture, Composition, People Portraits, People and Environments, Light, Shooting Black and White, Travel Photography and more! Each lesson ends with one or more multiple-choice questions about the lesson.
One concern I always have when looking into photography books, blogs, courses, etc. is the pictures they use for examples. Proud Photography's course was very nice in this regard. I think there were only one or two pictures I did not appreciate.
If you are looking for a course that explains the basics of photography, plus more, I would highly recommend Proud Photography's Online Course.

Here is a picture of my certificate

Now I really want to do their wedding photography course.

This post was not done for any kind of reimbursement and this blog is in no way connected with Proud Photography.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Out With the Old...

These are pictures of things "left over" from last fall.

An old clematis flower

Taken March 7, 2012
ISO 100, 1/125 sec, f4.5, 28mm plus macro ring 
Mirrored frame and slight boost effect on Picnik 

An old leaf still hanging on as the new leaves begin to grow

Taken March 9, 2012
ISO 100, 1/125 sec,  f4.5, 24mm plus macro ring
Vignette and slight boost effect  on Picnik 

As soon as I started to post this, I though of these verses.

"But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness."
Ephesians 4:20-24

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

First Day of Spring!

Well, today is the "official" first day of spring.

 Our fence

The lilac bush, close up.

Happy spring to ya'll!!

Thursday, March 15, 2012


Or, as I like to call it, daffy-down-dilly!
This was taken with my macro lens my brother gave me for Christmas.
I have enjoyed learning to use it!

I have been reading Psalms and Romans in my personal devotions.
It is so encouraging and convicting!

"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God."
Romans 5:1-2

Monday, March 12, 2012

Spring Weather

Sarah climbed the tree on Wednesday.

Sadie, Daniel and Katherine's dog.
Have you ever tried taking pictures of a energetic dog?

"Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies' sake."
Psalm 6:4
(Emphasis mine)

Saturday, March 10, 2012


A crocus just starting to show.
Taken 3/7/2012

"But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield."
Psalm 5:11-12

Monday, March 5, 2012

Mercy Hope (Love these girls)

Mercy is the older of the two (if one can be older), and is usually the "Mom" when they play house.

"The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him."
Proverbs 23:24

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Grace Eliana (Again)

These pictures were taken on January 7. I enjoy taking pictures of my siblings!

She is so very silly sometimes!

"The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them."
Isaiah 11:6
(In the future!)