I just don't understand it.
I know a good picture when I see it, and occasionally I even wind up taking a good photograph myself. But it's mostly accidental.
I have a very nice, very big, very expensive digital camera that I bought for myself when I finished my doctorate. (You wouldn't believe how many purchases were justified by the completion of that particular dissertation.)
And most of the time this very nice, very big, very expensive digital camera is set on "auto".
I should be ashamed to admit that. I AM ashamed to admit that.
Some of my favorite bloggers are people who probably don't know I exist, like Pioneer Woman (for God's sake, is there anything she CAN'T do?), a blogger who posts beautiful pictures from Alaska, and Bush Babe, who shares Australian life and culture with her readers. It was actually Bush Babe who prompted this particular post.
Their photography is wonderful, and they talk frequently about things like aperture, depth of field, light meters, texture, saturation, layers, and other things that I have not been able to get my head around.
And they talk about actions.
I know on some level that actions are things you do to digital photographs using Photoshop. I'm embarrassed to admit that I don't even know if they're talking about the very nice, very big, very expensive Photoshop, or the maybe-I-can-afford-this-if-I-stop-ordering-yarn-online-every-week Photoshop Elements.
Because of the fact that even if I take an online course (like I want to), I might not be any better at photography than I was scuba diving, I am
Pioneer Woman even has her own set of actions. Did she make them up? Is she going to sell them worldwide and go on a tour for that TOO? COULD SHE PLEASE JUST SUCK AT ONE THING?
I want to take some pretty pictures. And have a bazillion followers on my blog.
Mostly I just want actions.