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30DOC, Day 17

While the 30 Days of Creativity challenge has been a whole lot of fun, there’s one thing that’s been very frustrating about the entire process: my skill (or lack thereof) with a camera.

I am in awe of photographers who know about composition and lighting and how to set up a shot. I am in awe of the average person who can get a decent photo on the first try. I am even in awe of people who have figured out all the buttons and settings on their camera!

Despite being a gadget geek in most other ways, I am next to useless when it comes to operating a camera. I don’t know how to change any of the settings (except for the flash – I have found out how to turn off the flash), or even what I’d change them to if I knew how to do it… and for the life of me I can’t hold the silly thing steady while I take my shots, so most of my photos come out blurry. I usually try to balance the camera on a hard surface, but for photos like today’s I had to take it from overhead and was therefore forced to rely on my own steadiness. Ha!

Ah well, it’s the spirit of the project that counts, not the picture quality, right?!

Maybe some day I’ll take a photography course. In the meantime, I’ll carry on with my mini wax sculptures!

June 17, 2012 prompt:
POP – Make it, Drink it, Sing it, but don’t do it to my face.

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(If you want to see this in all its imperfect waxy goodness, clicking on the photo will take you to the larger version on Flickr.)

In case you missed it, this is what I’m doing throughout the month of June, and why. I’ll be posting all of my projects to my 30 Days of Creativity 2012 board on Pinterest.

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • styler1 June 17, 2012

    I love those little wax things.and for the record, you photos look fine! I’m no photographer either, probably why I love the camera in the iPhone. Simple! Done!

    • DawnStorey June 17, 2012

      Thank you! An iPhone is definitely on my wish list… though I’d probably still have issues with keeping my hand steady while I took the shot!

  • Cheryl49 June 17, 2012

    Has anyone ever told you to hold your breath while you take a photo?  That helps you keep the camera steady.  I know it works for me.  🙂

  • BeckyCochrane June 18, 2012

    I think your photos look just fine. I wondered what you’d do for today, and once again, your cleverness didn’t disappoint. =)

    • DawnStorey June 18, 2012

      Thank you! Someone pointed out to me afterward that “Pop” could have meant father, since it was Father’s Day… I never even thought of that, LOL!

  • masked_mom June 23, 2012

    Photography is one of those things I’d like to learn more about and do more with as well. Right now, I don’t even OWN a non-phone camera, but a decent one is on my wish list.

    • DawnStorey June 23, 2012

      I have a little point-and-shoot, but even it is surprisingly complicated! With my skill level, I have just about as much luck with the one on my phone.


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