I love having a DSLR camera, but I don’t use it nearly enough. My sister invited me to join her for a week at the John C. Campbell Folk School in the North Carolina mountains (almost in Georgia.)

While many of the classes like blacksmithing, woodworking, and pottery have a great deal of appeal, I decided to do the photography track. Part of the problem with not using my camera enough is that I never really feel like I know how to properly use it.

We spent the week working with our cameras and taking some day trips to scenic destinations. Here are a few of my favorites:

A year or so earlier, I tried to really dive into my camera by taking at least one picture a day. Like most of those challenges, I didn’t make it every day for a whole year, but I did spend a lot more time with my camera, which was kind of the point. Here are some highlights from that experiment:

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