Photography Progress with Shoot Fly Shoot

Mount Rainier in WA
Puget Sound Life on the Coast
Puget Sound Coastal Life
This That and Life Beach House Dresser
Photography Skills fromShoot Fly Shoot
Driftwood with Succulents
Capiz Shell Clock
Mount Rainier, WA in the evening

I recently made a firm decision that I was going to spend a good amount of time working on my photography skills. I actually bought my camera off of craigslist a couple of years ago and have been frustrated with myself for taking so long to learn. I have a Canon Rebel XT Digital SLR camera with a Canon EF-S 18-55 1:3.5-5.6 zoom lens and Canon EF 75-300 1:4-5.6 zoom lens plus other little goodies like some filters and a remote…..this is a pretty standard package deal.

Quite awhile ago I bought the Photography 101 class by Shoot Fly Shoot and while I wholeheartedly recommend them, I personally just have been letting other things take priority over actually watching the videos and practicing. But not anymore! After my Blogger Stylin’ Christmas Home Tour, I honestly got so upset with myself because I knew that I could have brought better photos to all of you. Thank you SO much for all of your kind comments by the way! About a week ago I glued myself to my laptop and watched one video after another. It seems like within that short amount of time that I finally got it!  All of the photos above are not perfect by any means, but they were taken as part of my “practice time”  since watching the videos and I’m pretty excited about them. :-D

If this has been a goal of yours, I encourage you to click the banner below and take a look around. They offer Photography 101 & 102, Lightroom 5, Photoshop CS5 & CS6, Room Makeover, and Photoshop Touch Up.  As for me, I’m just happy that when my kids are enjoying Christmas morning this year , it only took me a few days of learning to be able to capture a great photo of them and not just something on my iphone.



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  1. It’s been on my list to try shootFLYshoot. I’ve been hesitant because I have a Nikon and they teach on Canon. Do you think it would be hard to figure out on a different Camera? My birthday is coming up soon and I might have to put it on the list if you think it’s doable!

    • I think that it would definitely still be helpful Julia! And if you had more specific questions because you have a Nikon, I know they’d be more than willing to answer them. :-)

  2. colleentaylorartist says:

    Beautiful photos & great choice for those classes! Merry Christmas Anneke!

  3. I need to do something like this too, although I have a Nikon. Your pictures are looking beautiful!!!

  4. Kerstin Feuersaenger says:

    I love these photos! And for the first time you got me thinking that maybe I need to get a camera like this for myself, that even I could learn. :) Thank you!

    Oh, and please please clear up this thing that is bugging me: I am a Google Maps freak (over here in Germany its a nice way to dream myself to all places on earth), but I cannot for the life of me find that nice mountain in the background of your photos. What its name?

    Have a lovely 2014 and God bless!

  5. That has been on my list since last year and I still haven’t gotten a new camera! I will be on the hunt for one and can’t wait!!! xo Kristin

  6. I know what you mean. I got a Nikon D300 a few years ago and am still learning how to use it.

    • It’s good to know I’m not alone! I know there is so much to learn, but just knowing the basics has made photography go from frustrating to fun. :-)

  7. Ive been wanting to take a SFS class for some time now. Hopefully I can take one this year. I’ve been learning so much just through trial and error on my own but I still want to get that extra bit of professional help.

  8. So beautiful! I am so proud of you for buckling down and doing that. I’ve had it on my list FOREVER and just cannot find the time. That’s a major must on this year’s goals though. I’ll have to check them out.

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