Finally, I am taking steps to improve my picture-taking skills. I just started a short photography course with Nicole Hill Gerula. She promises to teach the basics - photography 101. The true purpose of my attendance is to learn what some of the buttons on my camera do. I have a Canon Powershot S5, which is a point and shoot with limited manual functions. At the beginning of class, Nicole tells us to take out our cameras out so we can start learning about those buttons. The unzipping of camera cases ensues and everyone is pulling out these ginormous cameras with long lenses attached while I quietly remove my modest camera from its bag. My poor camera - after its close-up, it is suffering from pixel envy. But it soldiered on - below are some of the pictures I took for our homework.