15 May 2011

blog (mis)direction

If you've been following MakeHappy for the last few months, you know I recently acquired my first dslr. You may also know that I've committed to shooting in manual mode, so I can really learn to use my powerful camera and have ultimate control to get the images I want. My old point-and-shoot, a Canon S5iS, was fantastic. I loved it. But each time I took a photo with it, I knew that photo would be just a bit better with a dslr. I was completely right, and I have not looked back.

So I'm learning this fantastic new tool, new for me art form, and I really want to be able to share my journey and receive constructive feedback. My first thought was to start a new (another) blog, but the thought of maintaining three blogs is a little overwhelming. Plus–and this is the real problem–I can't figure out what to call it!

I thought about sharing on Flickr, but I'd be a too-tiny fish in the huge flickr pool. 

My current idea is to designate a day on this blog for my photos, like a “Photo Friday” or MaggieMakes' “weekend in pictures.” So that's what I'm trying here. 

Now, I need you to tell me:
  • If you like the idea of having photos (not related to food+crafts) on MakeHappy
  • If you would rather come here just for food+craft inspiration
  • If you have any name suggestions for a photo-only blog (cuz it's driving me crazy)
  • If you have any other photo/blog/sharing related suggestions
  • If you have any constructive criticism for my lilac photos (I'm not fishing for compliments here. I obviously like them, or I wouldn't post them. I need to learn, so if you know something I don't, teach me. Make suggestions.)

Thanks friends. I really like our little community here, and I want to make sure you're on board for any changes I make. Hope you're having a great weekend!


Mandy said...

i think adding photos to the mix would be great! i love seeing what others are photographing. plus if taking pics makes you happy then it fits your blog "make happy" ;) i think a mix of food/craft/photos would be alot easier than having to start another blog. bring em on!!!

JoeBee said...

I like the idea of a "photo friday" or something of that sort. Granted the pictures of your normal content are cool, it would be cool to see the different photographs you are taking.

Beck said...

I too love the idea of photo Friday! Geesh, cupcakes, baking, mommyhood AND photography? Sounds like a blog I'd need to check every single day, to me!~
Regarding your lilac pics... I'm definitely not a pro or anything, but I LOVED them! The first one, and how that ONE single lighter than the rest light lavender blossom is the focal point... remarkable! The rest... by the time I finished looking at them, I could practically SMELL lilacs! Keep up the good work! Beautiful!

Elizabeth said...

I love the photo friday idea! I have just gotten into using photoshop and love taking pictures as well as cooking and crafting. What a great way to share everything you enjoy! Keep up the great work!

I like the last pic of the lilacs in the vase. Gorgeous!

Grandpa Bill said...

I can never get enough of anything you do now. It wasn't quite the same 20 years ago; she wasn't always a paragon, folks--you should have seen her room at 12!

A 'Weekend in Pictures' makes a lot of sense; ompartmentalization prevents dilution and preserves quality. You could always add another subtopic at the top with 'q&a' and 'kitchen obstacles.' Just don't stop. Ever.

Grandpa Bill said...

*C*ompartmentalization...gotta get a keyboard with keys bigger than my fingers.

Grandpa Bill said...

More letterbox format pictures, please. My screensaver is a White Salmon slideshow.

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