Saturday, March 23, 2013

Vintage Cameras

My husband and I enjoy wondering through antique stores. One of the items that interest me are vintage cameras. I finally put them on display in my new studio/sewing room that I acquired once my son moved out and into his new home.

My Studio

In the next post I talk about my setting up in my tiny home studio. Here it is. I think the next time I'll remove that table you can see in the 2nd photo so I have more room to move the soft box around.

Baby Steps

With the possibility of retirement just a few years away I'm trying to decide if being a child portrait photographer is something I'd like to do as a side job to bring in a little supplemental income. I never thought I'd be one counting the years to retirement but with all the changes in education and the main focus on nothing but testing that's what I'm doing. So, when my friend's daughter gave birth to her 2nd child I told her my gift was to take pictures of her throughout the year. I've taken pictures of her twice so far. First at 4 days old with lights and a backdrop and then again at 11 days in the same room but with natural light.
4 Days Old
To prepare for this I looked at pictures of newborns to get some ideas, read articles, and watched the video I had bought from CreativeLive by Sandy Puc a couple of times. I have to admit she made it look easy. In my tiny studio it was not so easy! I enjoyed the experience but it really made me realize I have sooooo much to learn. My first thought was to forget about it. Then I realized what a poor attitude that was and knew I needed to do some more reading, experimenting and learning from my struggles. If you have any tips for lighting, working in small spaces, photographing young children please feel free to pass them along.

11 Days Old

Habitat for Humanity

As I mentioned in my previous post one of my volunteer photography roles is taking pictures a couple of times at year at ground breakings or home dedications for our local Habitat for Humanity. I had the honor of doing so last week. The home was packed with people and I didn't quite get the shots of the actual ceremony that I would have liked. But, I did get some nice shots of the beautiful children that were there.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Become a Better Photographer in 2013

A couple of weeks ago I watched the Youtube Video by Scott Kelby-Become a Better Photographer in 2013 

 His five main points were:
  1. Define what type of photographer you want to be.
  2. Study great photographers
  3. Take courses, read books, 365 will not make you a better photographer.
  4. Portfolio of best work-24 images of each genre. Could do on Google plus, Square Space for displaying or 500px. Each time you add one you must take one off.
  5. Learn to take sharp photos and sharpen in photo shop
Do what it takes to get the shots you need.

A few days later I watched another video by Scott, Crush the Composition. One point that stuck with me was; study photographs you like and write down what you like to find patterns and what to d o with your own photographs. This will fit in well with point #2 above.  

So, starting with point 1 tonight. What type of photographer do I want to be.

Hmm, well my first love is macro with a particular emphasis on nature. When it comes to flowers I want to focus more on showing the beauty of them past their prime. Running a close second is nature-birds, waterfalls all the typical things.

I want to try being a baby/child photographer. This will be my biggest learning curve beginning this year.

I have to admit I enjoyed taking the enjoyed taking engagement photos of my son and future daughter in law. It was a family affair. I might add that someday down the road but I have no interest in weddings and most people might want the same person. So maybe senior portraits might be a fun addition some day. 

I also want to be a photographer for teachers/students. I want to continue putting my photos out there with a CC license that allows others to use my work free of charge. 

Volunteering my photography skills is also an important part of who I am as a photographer. Currently I do photography for my school, Habitat for Humanity, The Ride for Missing Children and Help Portrait.

So, when I start setting up a portfolio I will include; macro, nature, kids, and maybe some shots from volunteer work. 

Now, onto step 2. I need some help on this one. Who are your favorite photographers?? Please share. I think I'll begin by going to 500px and browsing there.

Oh, by the way. I found his comment about 365 projects not making you a better photographer very liberating. I loved it the two years I was really into it and I would argue that it did make me a better photographer because I was shooting everyday and I cared about what I posted. But now my interest isn't there and I'm going to quit trying to force it. :)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Oil and Water

Last Christmas, 2011, my son gave me a Blue Ray player. I've used it for watching Netflix but little else. About a month ago I discovered I could be watching photography related videos on Youtube! I love it and I've watched quite a few. Last night while I was doing a sewing project I watched a video on oil and water. I loved the effect and as soon as I was done sewing a bowl of oil and water was set up and ready to go. I decided who needs sunshine when you have a flash? It took some experimenting but I finally got a couple of shots I liked. I'll try and remember to do it again on a sunny day.
Here's a link to the video.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Jan 5 Finished Organizing

Jan 5 Finished Organizing, originally uploaded by NedraI.

So, off we went shopping today and came home with new boxes. I spent the afternoon moving organizing and tossing things I don't use or like anymore. I also have a box for my son and future DIL to look through.