Photography Challenge #1: Aperture

I am a total “learn as I go” kind of gal.  I’m not big on doing a ton of research when it comes to things, because I figure that I’ll catch on eventually.  Hmm…that may be the reason it took me over a year to really get my blog going…

Anywho.  I figured I could have the same “learn as I go” attitude towards my DSLR.  I mean, how hard is it to learn all the Manual settings?  As it turned out, it was pretty hard.  The first time I took my camera out, I had no idea what I was doing.  I even thought that the audio meter for videos was my exposure reading (ugh…so embarrassing!).  Because of my “I can do this on my own attitude” my pictures sucked.  Case and point:

Disneyland CastleWhitewash much?

So I decided that I wanted to start a photography group.  One where other photographers could learn together.  I do much better when I learn in a group setting anyway.  And if I met some great people along the way, that wouldn’t hurt either.

So, The Photo Ladies was born.

Don’t get me wrong.  My pictures have gotten better over the few months I’ve had my camera.  This is mostly due to reading a few great books and lots of trial and error.  And a bit of dumb luck.

Atlas V Rocket Launch at NASA

I honestly couldn’t tell you how I even captured this photo.  I just prayed and clicked the shutter release.  Seriously.  Sheer dumb luck folks.

This month, our photography group is learning all about Aperture.  We’re following along with this study from No Bad Photos and so far I really love it.  I need to go back and really learn the basics anyway and this study is incredibly easy to read and understand.

So, if you are a new or intermediate photographer and either want to learn how to shoot great pictures or want to review the basics this group is for you!  Come join us on our journey to better photographs.

You can follow along with the lesson here.

You can join our Flickr group here.

And if you want to receive e-mail updates, you can leave your information here.

Our first assignment is due the 15 of this month.  I hope you’ll check back in and see how we all did!


  1. So I’m really enjoying learning the basics. I’m a little late in the game but there’s time for me to catch up. Yay!

    1. I’m so glad! I’m having fun relearning everything as well. I just posted some of my first photos to the Flickr group and I can’t wait for the warmer weather this weekend to practice a bit more!

    1. Thank you, Kristy! I wish you could join us too! It would be fun to do this together. 🙂 I hope all this information will help when you invest in a camera (seriously, best investment I ever made!). And I’ll always be here to help if or when you need it.

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