Cindy HowardMy name is Cindy Howard. I have loved photography since I received my first Pentax camera many, many, many years ago. It was all manual focus, and I had no idea what I was doing, but I practiced and read, and got better. I then got a Minolta camera as a gift from my dad; it had some auto focus capabilities and I could still use the manual functions, and I thought I had gone to Heaven. I enrolled in a Photography class, and started learning - about taking pictures and developing them, and I loved every minute of it. When my oldest daughter was born, I had my built in model. She was placed in so many strange places, but we had a blast and I got some great photographs. Tragedy struck a few years later - my camera bag was stolen out of my house. I was devastated, but at the time, other things were more important, so my picture taking days were over for the time being.When digital cameras started making their way into stores, I was able to start taking pictures once again. Over the years, I purchased quite a few point and shoot cameras, and I used most of them until they died. On my fiftieth birthday, my husband bought me a Nikon DSLR, and then I got Photoshop Elements 12. This past March, I joined the Redlands Camera Club. I have learned so much from the classes I have taken. A few months ago, I used a tripod for the first time (love shooting with a tripod, by the way!), and a couple of weeks ago, I discovered my new best friend, the cloning tool in Photoshop. I have also met some really great people. It is so nice to meet with like-minded people to talk about something I love so much. I realize I have much to learn, but I am excited and thankful for the opportunity.
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