My name is Stephanie; I am a long time lurker and admirer of all of your work. I have been talking behind the scenes with Amy and she has been greatly helping me to learn how to use manual mode. I have finally worked up enough courage to come join you ladies here. I have always been a longtime lover and enthusiast for photography. I just got my first semi-real camera, it isn’t a DSLR but it is supposed to be the closest thing to it. I decided to go this route while I learn and once I grow out of this camera I would love to invest in a Canon DSLR, I’m a huge Canon fan. Right now I own a Canon Powershot SX30 IS, the zoom on it is incredible and I so far love everything it can do. I am still getting the hang of manual mode but I can tell a little that I am getting better at it, at least from my day 1 picture which was awful. I got a Flickr account so I can upload and share my pictures. I also purchased Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 and am still trying to figure out the program and everything it is capable of doing. I am always reading about photography and trying out different things to try to capture some amazing pictures. I have 3 children so those are my primary subjects that I love to take pictures of. I am also doing project 365 so that way I learn how to use my camera and I get some great pictures of my babies. I hope to be able to grow and learn more from this board and you ladies.
Can I join?