Thursday, January 01, 2009

Trying Again…

Well, I’ve decided to set myself up for failure yet again and attempt Project 365. I SO admire those of you that started it in 2008 and actually finished it. I could post all sorts of excuses as to why I stopped doing it 90 days or so into it, but the bottom line is that I didn’t finish it. So I’m determined to actually make it through all of 2009. I may fail again, but at least no one can say I didn’t try, right? LOL!

So here it is. My first photo for Project 365 – 2009. It’s Grace playing our Hannah Montana game for the first time on the Wii. I hate to admit it, but it’s a hell of a lot of fun and all of us love it. (Well, except maybe Steve. He didn’t see us playing it. But I wouldn’t be surprised if I came downstairs in the middle of the night one night and caught him busting a move.)


I’ll probably post most of my photos here on this blog as I go, but I also started another blog dedicated only to the Project 365, where I have no intentions of posting anything other than the photo every day. You’re all more than welcome to add that blog to your blog readers, check it out here and there, etc. You can find that here. I’ll make a fancy blog header and all that later, but for now, I just wanted to get things rolling. :)



Krishna said...

Looks like fun. we got a hand-me-down- Wii that just got hooked up. Love it (so do the kids). Tell me though, since your pictures are always so good, how do you get the great shots and not too much light from the flash. Like the one of grace opening gifts at your dad's? Mine always look so--well--point and shoot. Like too much flash?? I'm looking for an external flash hoping that might solve the problem.

Allison said...

Honestly Krishna, I use a flash as little as possible. I HATE the flash because I don't have an external flash either. Both this photo and the one of Grace opening presents were taken without a flash at all.

I think you have a Nikon if I'm not mistaken, so I can't tell you the equivalent lens to mine, but my "Nifty Fifty" for my Canon has been my savior. I keep it on the highest aperture (1.8) which allows a lot of light coming in without using a flash. I'm SURE they make one similar for a Nikon. Mine was only $80, but I have no idea what the Nikon version would cost.

I also do a lot of cleaning up in Photoshop. It's MUCH easier to pull out details from an underexposed photo than from a flash/overexposed ones, so even if one I take is really dark straight out of camera, I can usually fix it.

There should also be a setting on your camera that allows you to set your attached flash to not be as bright and to flash at the END of the exposure instead of at the beginning. I didn't know mine could do that until I read a magazine article a few weeks ago, and that's helped a lot to. If you email me (, I can scan the article and send it to you. It wasn't specific for Canon or Nikon, so it may help you a bit. :)

Allison said...

Oh, and my "Nifty Fifty" as it's called by people, is a 50mm macro lens. The key is to get one that allows a very large (lower number) aperture.

september said...

Allison--I didn't know you could do that, either. Could you email the article to me, too?