Behind the Lens | Diane FeldtPosted by Kelly Buss on Oct 18, 2013 in Behind The Lens, Blog | 6 comments
We all come to CaptureYour365 for different reasons from improving our photography to connecting with a community of like minded friends. We all bring something to the community as well. When I think of Diane’s contribution I think of memory keeping and everyday life. She shares fabulous images of her everyday life often with a touch of whimsy. Her kind and fun personality shines through in the photos she shares!
Meet Creative Team Member Diane Feldt.
What sparked your interest in photography?
I have had an interest in photography since I was a little girl. My dad is a talented photographer and was the memory keeper for our extended family. He primarily shot slide film, so we often had slide shows at family gatherings. I remember being fascinated by how the images from those tiny little slides could make such a big impression on the screen! I had my own camera from about age 11 (shooting B&W film at first).
I bought my first film SLR in 1998, but never got the hang of shooting in manual at that time. I took an incredible number of pictures of my kids when they were younger. I always loved picking up my prints at the store so I could see how closely I had captured what I thought I had shot. I miss the mystery of film sometimes. My older daughter has that camera now.
In 2003, I went digital with a little Canon Elph. I remember hauling both my film camera and the digital camera around for a while until I trusted that I would get good images with the Elph.
What camera do you use?
I have had a Canon EOS Rebel T2i for about 18 months. I am definitely still learning about all of its features. I shoot a lot with my iPhone 5 because it is with me all of the time. Most weeks, the majority of my photos for my digital Project Life pages are from my phone.
Occasionally I run a roll of film through my trusty old Pentax ME Super that a friend gave me years ago. I love how that camera feels in my hand. It is satisfying to wind the film forward and then to hear the solid click of the shutter once I get my settings right.
What is your favorite lens?
Tough question. Probably my Nifty Fifty (Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 )for its wide aperture. I also like the way it challenges me to “zoom with my feet” when I do not have one of my zoom lenses with me. I am currently coveting a Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 macro lens that will surely become my favorite lens once I acquire it.
What makes you happiest about your photography?
I am always pleased when a shot turns out the way that I saw it in my head, especially the lighting. As I am still relatively new to full manual shooting, it feels great to get my settings correct fairly quickly. I amuse myself regularly by taking photos of my Lego mini figures in different environments.
I love capturing moments in time with my family and friends, digitally scrapping them, and being able to look back at the pictures and smile. It is very lovely to be the memory keeper for my family.
What is your favorite class at Capture Your 365?
So far, Your Life Captured Through the Lens. Katrina got me to spin my dial to other settings besides automatic. I did not have an interchangeable lens camera at the time I took the class. I remember feeling so excited when I finally blurred the background one day. Now I finally understand the basics of the exposure triangle and how to manipulate them to get what I want out of a shot.