I wanted to talk to you guys about how I didn’t like Hannah Montana- specifically about how I didn’t think she was appropriate for my kindergartners. About how I didn’t think that at age 5 they needed a rock star idol. That I didn’t appreciate Disney marketing teenaged-themed programs to little kids.
And while I was at it, I was going to lump in the High School Musical movies. And how, yes, those movies are fairly squeaky clean, content wise, but how I didn’t need my 5 year olds learning about cliques and popular kids and teenage romance/angst and how to mouth off/be sassy to your mother.
But after I wrote it all out, it seemed like a bitch-fest. And I was worried that I might send the wrong idea to anyone who read it, especially if they have Hannah Montana fans in the household.
I didn’t want anyone to feel defensive. Or hurt. Or offended.
Because I’m not really upset with the parents… I’m upset with the marketers.
So I scratched the whole long-winded, mostly unintelligible post, and decided to tell you about my new project instead.
I’m going to try to take (at least) one photo a day, every day, in 2009. I started at the first of the year, and so far (5 days down, only 360 to go!) have not missed a day.
Before you head on over to my Flickr group, however, I have to warn you that I am in no way a photographer. I also have never used photoshop. I did get my very own copy of PS Elements for Christmas, so now I just have to obscure a Elements for Dummies-type book and I’ll be all set.
Well, actually, not really. Because I also just have a very basic point-and-shoot camera (Kodak EasyShare Z650, if you’re curious), and no knowledge of even beginner photography, beyond the snapshots I’ve taken of my kids over the years.
My hope is that I’ll start seeing the world with a photographer’s eye, that I’ll learn a few basic tricks for PS Elements, and that I’ll be able to see some improvement in how I take pictures as the year goes on.
I’d love to score a nicer camera, but that’s probably not realistic. Even so, I think I can learn a few things by using my Kodak. At least I have some fairy beautiful subject (if I do say so) to practice on.
(I’m still learning how to use Flickr. Here’s the link. Or, I think if you click on the slide show over there on the side bar, you will be routed to my photostream.)