I learned a few things right off the bat in my time with Loretta. (That's my camera's name, after Loretta Lynn.) I thought I'd share, so you can enter into DSLR World with a head full of knowledge! It can be rough, turning on the camera for the first time, seeing all those buttons and thinking, but I just wanna take photos!
As I mentioned in a recent post, I've been digitizing a lot of family history stuff of late. Even though this is something I've been slowly (ever. so. slowly.) working on for a while, I needed to get in gear and complete the task. I still have a ways to go, but am finally able to see progress.
One of my fondest childhood memories involve our small Texas town's all-day 4th of July activities at the ballpark. It seemed like everyone drove the dusty road that dead ended into the baseball fields for the celebrations. Baseball, three-legged races, watermelon seed spitting contests—there was always lots to do. As the sun went down, everyone, with their sun-kissed faces, made their way to watch the fireworks show....more
Have you ever set one of these two goals only to meet with either total frustration or some “consolation-prize” level of semi-success?Learn to use a quality DSLR camera.Learn to use Photoshop in a really useful way.If you have, then you and I are in the same boat because I’ve gone for both of these a few times, complete with buying how-to ebooks and a “decent” DSLR camera. Yet I still don’t feel even close to “getting it”.But that, I’m happy to say, is yesterday’s news thanks to the camera I’m going to share with you today....more
I love photography. Even though I'm not a professional photographer by any stretch, and I couldn't really define "aperture" for you, I'm constantly looking for ways to take better product pictures for my Etsy shop, blogs, and, of course, Pinterest....more
A successful photo is one that evokes interest and compels the eye to linger awhile. It tells a story.However, what we see with our eyes and what we capture with our camera are often two separate things. The problem is, while our eyes see the world around us in 3-D, photographs are two-dimensional - just one reason why they often fall short of the image we hoped to capture and share....more
Depth of field results from the combined use of a camera's aperture and shutter settings to bring certain parts of a photograph more into focus than others. The aperture determines how wide the lens will open, and the shutter determines how long it stays open....more
There's been a bit of a movement lately to encourage moms to get in front of the camera. I've blogged about it before, about how important it is for our kids to have tangible photographic evidence that we were here, too.In theory, it should be as simple as sucking it up (or in, in the case of my gut), and hopping in when someone else is taking the picture. But in reality, a lot of us ARE the photographers. So the only way to be sure we can take the picture and also be in it is to figure out how to do the two things at the same time....more
Recently, a very close friend of the family asked me if I would photograph her wedding. I instantly felt panicked because I am not a wedding photographer. I consider myself a candid photographer.What does that mean? I'm best at capturing the moments of big events that may could easily be forgotten had it not been captured by a photograph. I am not a big fan of staged photography. Don't get me wrong, it absolutely has its value and there are many photographers who are creative and talented enough to make the most beautiful staged shots. I happen not to be one of them....more