foto friday 21 {costa rica}

costa rica

Over a month after vacation is the right amount of time to post the pictures, right?!? Yeah, sorry about that.  :/ And thank you to everyone who has repeatedly requested the pics.  It’s nice to know you want to see our random take-aways from our little worldly excursions to sometimes obscure places. And this time around I was armed with a few new tools.  You know about the new camera we bought in August, but I didn’t tell you that I had also been studying up a bit.  A little refresher course on some photography basics and then a little more advanced photo mumbo jumbo in the form of e-books. Specifically, these e-books from Kristen Duke Photography. Both of these books print out in a convenient 4×6 inch page size … perfect for stashing them away in your camera bag for continual reference.  And trust me, you will want to do just that!  I have found the info I learned in these two little books invaluable as I continue to learn and experiment with my photography skilz.  :) Say NO to Auto is the perfect book for anyone ready to take that first step and get your camera out of Auto mode.  Kristen gives easy to follow instructions on how to find the appropriate buttons on your specific camera, great insight into aperture adjustments (which I loved since I’m all about adjusting my aperture these days) and breaks down the 3 basic steps to understanding manual mode. If you feel like you have that all under control, Get Focused is the e-book for you.  This is the perfect follow-up for those of us who are working in manual mode, and now need an understanding of how to make our photography more creative and unique. Kristen shares 12 of her personal tricks for … continue reading