One of these was to learn how to use my Camera in manual and get to know its capabilities better.
Now instead of pointing and shooting I'm learning that I can tell my camera not to wash out the early morning sky, that by changing my depth of field I can add the clarity of the weeping willow across the roofline, show the true colour of the foreground tree and capture the gorgeous blue of the sky, as well.
I'm doing an online course by 'Click, love, grow ' and so far we have had lessons on composition and various types of light. These interactions however have encouraged me to already start turning dials and changing settings. Making this number higher and that lower until I can capture the detail I want, in the light I am given outside.
I'm enjoying it immensely and so excited about the coming lessons and possibilities this experience could open up for me. As someone who is anxious I do not tend to press buttons if I don't know what they will do ... ( what if I break it?!!) The experimentation process is so enjoyable with that safety net of a group, having experienced people and other learners there to answer questions if any pop up. I've noticed I'm not sharing as much on Instagram lately as I am out there taking photos and playing with my real camera most days, feeling very empowered by what I am learning to do.