Ever since I broke my point and shoot digital camera, I have been using my iPhone for jewelry photos. With the digital point and shoot, I was able to get shots like this: Best Friend Necklace photographed with my old point and shoot camera. Photoshop cleaned up the background. I actually have a really nice camera, a Canon Rebel XS digital SLR. Yet, for some unknown reason, I have created my own mental obstacle, convincing myself it is complicated and too detailed to understand how to use it. In fact, I have created such a phobia to it, I have let the camera collect dust for nearly a year now. Instead, I have been using my iPhone camera to take shots like this of the jewelry: The iPhone photos allow me to create a "feel" in the Royal Crest cufflinks photo. I have decided, today, I will conquer my fear of this unknown. It's a block we, artists, humans, impose on ourselves. We fear failure; we fear that we will confirm our illusion of our lack of ability.This afternoon, I am tuning into YouTube.com to search for video instructions on how to use the darn thing. I will learn. I will focus and I will take a picture with the Canon! See! I am on YouTube.com with camera on the side, ready to learn. I hope you can conquer a fear or obstacle this week. Just jump in.
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