New Nikon Camera for Quilting Blog

I have done very little quilting since I last posted. Some hand quilting at night to wind down and relax, but that’s about it.

What I have done; I began my intensive digital photography class which meets for 4 hours on Monday and Wednesday mornings for five weeks. I’ve been back and forth, as has my wonderful husband, to Staples and Best Buy, buying or returning addtional items, such as the correct external hard drive that is compatible with a PC and a MAC, a better memory card, a card reader, and a flash drive I can devote just to photos for this blog.

I bought a Nikon D3200.




I am getting used to working the F stop, shutter and depth of field manually and automatically. Over the holiday weekend I will be getting in some sewing, but you can be sure I will be getting in a lot of practice. It’s a good camera.

Have a great Fourth of July weekend!!

Happy Quilting.

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Stretching Quilt and Blog Skills

I am always considering, what can I offer my readers in my next blog post and in the future? How can I improve it? And, how can I continue to grow as I quilter? 

As a blogger, I know I don’t have any real photography experience. My husband has been a great help to me during this first year. He knows what he’s doing behind a camera, and how to compose and style what I would like photographed.

As a quilter, I am very interested in learning how to design new quilt tops, and possibly even fabric designs. Right now I am just focusing on quilt top designs, because I don’t want to become overwhelmed.

I am good at imagining the design of a quilt top, and am good at pencil rendering.  

So, I’ve been thinking; Where do I go from here?  Many quilters ask themselves these, and similar questions.

Today I registered at our local community college for a digital photography class beginning on June 30th.  It’s very intensive, and meets twice a week for five weeks. Six hours a week in the classroom. 

I did this with a goal in mind which is to improve my photography skills not only for my blog, but for taking photos in general. For the most part, I’ve used my iPhone 4S, which is not so terrible.  But I did decide to purchase a reasonably priced digital camera.


 

Nickon Coolpix L820

About two months ago I took a basic drawing class online through Creativebug, http://www.creativebug.com/workshops/basic-line-drawing-2
Lisa Congdon was a great teacher. I learned how to doodle, which loosened me up.

Goofy Doodles that led to loosening up and some fun little sketches.

 

Cat in a flower pot (above).






 Cat sleeping (above).

And a few weeks ago, I created my first quilt block design. Of course, I am excited to share it, but I need to sew a few prototype blocks from my sketches.  Then I can’t wait to make a sample in a small size first.

Have a great weekend and Happy Quilting!!