Thursday, May 28, 2015


Five years ago when my camera broke, I decided to invest in a good DSLR camera.  I really didn't know much about cameras, so I started to do some research.  After doing some research, I realized I STILL didn't know much about cameras.  I was able to narrow down my choices to preferring the Nikon brand and I knew I didn't want to spend over $1000.  With these two criteria chosen I was able to decide on the Nikon D5000.
My main purpose for purchasing the camera was to be able to take pictures of my ETSY and Ebay items, but I also really wanted to be able to take fun and interesting pictures as a hobby.  I read through the manuals and bought additional camera guides but found that after reading everything I could, I really still had no clue how to use all the features of the camera.
I finally figured that the best and only way to learn is to actually just force myself to take pictures.
So I came up with my own fun version of the 30 day photo challenge, to make myself use my camera everyday for 30 days and learn some of the basic and even a few of the more advanced camera techniques.
I started with some easy ones to get us going and saved some of the harder ones like the long exposure, bokeh and the dreaded self-portrait for later on in the challenge.
I hope you join me in this challenge and together we can take some fun and interesting pictures and create our very own photo portfolio.
If you plan on doing the challenge, I would love to see your pics so please leave a comment below with a link to your blog or Pinterest page so we can all check out and be inspired by each others pictures.
Have fun and Happy Picture Taking!!!

Day 1.  Clouds 
Day 2.  Fruit
Day 3.  Something Green
Day 4.  What I wore today
Day 5.  From a high angle
Day 6.  From a low angle

Day 7.  Animal
Day 8.  Sunset
Day 9.  A bad habit
Day 10.  Something blue
Day 11.  Something you love
Day 12.  Silhouette
More pictures to come as I finish the challenge.
Thanks so much for checking out this 30 Day Photo Challenge Post!
Best of luck and Happy Picture taking!!!

Holiday Sparkle


  1. What is a 'bokeh'...challenge #16?

  2. Hi and thanks for the comments. The official definition of bokeh is "the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image, especially as rendered by a particular lens." Basically it's those fun pictures that you see of blurry lights. The idea is to take a picture of something with lights, like say a Christmas tree, and basically take the picture out of focus so that you capture the lights in focus. That's basically how I understand it. If anyone has a better way of explaining it, please I would love to hear your comments. Thanks so much and good luck with the photo challenge!

  3. I love it!!! I find myself just like you... sometimes I feel I have a cool camera and don't know how to use it completely... and I have taken classes and read a few books and blogs.
    I will start the challenge today, and upload all pictures to Instagram, you can follow me as nataliadcb. 😆

  4. Wonderful pictures, I love it. It tooks me to somewhere, really nice

  5. Nice blog, Your work is great and i like you and hopping for some more nice posts. Continue writing such a nice blog.

  6. Great deal. I wish to participate in the challenge.

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  8. Cute Maltese! What is his/her name? 🐶

  9. I am appreciating your effort.I think Even you don't know anything about camera, you tried your best. It is a positive energy. I like your attempt. I would like to participate in the challenge.

  10. Nice post, thanks so much for this sharing!

  11. Great idea. A job for the new year I think


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