This week’s lesson isn’t exactly complicated. It’s all about creating a visual record of your day to tell a story. That’s all. It’s something bloggers are very familiar with, but I think very few do it well. I see so many flat, boring photos on blogs (mine included – which is why I started this journey) that don’t tell a story at all. So I decided to document my entire Saturday. Well, my Saturday starting just after I made my cup of coffee – I can’t accomplish anything before coffee. It just doesn’t happen.
When I was in Europe last summer, I took approximately 5 million landscape photographs. Sadly, a lot of them sucked because my composition was terrible. Too much going on. Not enough focus. Now I want to go back to Europe since I’ve learned how to actually use my camera. I’m sure I’d love my pictures that much more.
I have a love/hate relationship with portraits. I hate really posed photographs (think horrid senior pictures) for the most part. They just don’t work for me. But those amazing pictures that capture a perfect little moment in a portrait? Love them. Absolutely love.
I actually tend not to shoot people, in case you haven’t noticed. My niece & nephew tend to be the exception to that as they both are total hams for the camera. I may or may not have bribed them to eat a certain dish once by telling them I would take their picture eating it (it totally worked).
I know, I totally slacked off on this & I’m pretty sure everyone thinks I quit doing this. But I didn’t! I swear. It’s just been insane & hectic the past few weeks & unfortunately, this little project fell to the wayside. It’s not that I haven’t been working on my skills, because I totally have. I’ve been playing around a lot with my new lens & I learned a bunch in San Francisco. I will say, I think it helped tremendously to be shooting next to someone who knows his stuff. I mean, he could correct & teach me within the moment & see the things that I’m not doing or I don’t know. That is invaluable, in my opinion.
Today I’m taking a quick intermission from photography boot camp this week to discuss something pretty exciting. Well, pretty exciting to me. I’ve made it really clear that I’ve been trying to step up my game in the photography department, so I figured it was time.
Hi there. I’m still confused from the mid-week holiday & I almost forgot to do my Photography lesson. Whoops!
This week’s lesson focused on shooting outdoors. If you’ve ever taken a picture outside in bright light, it can be tricky trying to get a good result. Often the photos end up with overexposed hot spots & harsh shadows, which isn’t visually appealing. I know that I’ve looked at photos & been really disappointed with how they looked. I always thought “But there’s so much light! They should look great!” Yeah. Not so much. This project has definitely taught me that not all light is created equal.