Spring is here! – My journey of becoming great photographer #7

The important thing to remember when you are taking photo of baby is capturing the moment, I think. Because I cannot request her to smile or pose, she won’t do anything that I want her to do for a photo. I just have to be ready to shoot when the moment comes.

It was warm afternoon and the snow on the deck has cleared away, so it was time for my girl to take a first step on the deck. She was so excited being outdoor and feeling a light breeze on her cheeks. I grabbed the camera and started to shoot, tried to capture this precious moment.

After about 50 shots, I realized that I have not changed the exposure setting from last time I took photo inside the house. But the moment was over, it was getting chilly to stay outside. Well, actually it was not too bad. Over exposed with light, she got nice glow around her and make her look like she is in the heaven, soft and blight. I am really happy with the results.

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Cat photos: Journey of becoming a great photographer #6

Last week has been a tough one for me… my baby was teething. My poor girl suffered fever and lots of crying, less sleep and she was not her happy self. So I couldn’t have photo shoot session with her.
Well, I found some moments to snap photo of my fur baby, Shoko.

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First two were shot with natural light on his back and next two were shot with natural light on his face.

I do like both effects, back-light gives the photos warm and cozy ambiance and light on face brought great texture of fur.

Past photo of Shoko, check my Flickr album.

 

Craftsy online class: Journey of becoming a great photographer #5

Why do we choose to learn online? Because we have the access to abundant resources existing on the web, maybe on the planet. There are many that asks for subscriptions and charges $$$ for their information, classes or materials, but you can find things for FREE!!

During my learning process, I realized that finding good learning materials for free can be time consuming. You Google search, then click here and there to see whether it worth looking/reading into the sites. Sometimes you get lucky and find really good resource right away, but you spend lots of time browsing.
I downloaded an iTunes U photography course material last week and I found that reading materials were not inspiring me to work at all. And I read only few lessons on it.

Well, I got lucky this week. Just happened to landed on Craftsy.com. It was offering a free photography class and it was just what I needed!!

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Screen shot from Craftsy.com

This Craftsy online class offers video lecture (lesson 1 to 5 with chapters in each lesson) and a discussion forum on the side of the video where subscribers can ask questions to the instructor or fellow classmates. It provides material lists, you can type in notes in the video lecture, you can share your project with fellow classmates.
I think this site might work for me!!

And here are some of my project after watching lesson 2.
(I decided to post my baby’s photos, because I trust my fellow classmates and people who sees her photos.)

First, I chose the brightest room with natural light in the house and got neutral background. I wish I had backdrop of some sort, but the chair and folding screen worked well for this time.

I have used the manual setting without flash for the first one and tried Auto portrait setting (come with flash) to see the comparison. I thought the second photo turned a little cold, so I decided to go with manual. As well, I wanted to give a photo more blurry background.
I went to the Canon website once again to check about exposure.
After quick change of outfit, I tried two different settings. Because the sun moving, the warms of light changed between my shoot. I am happy with third photo, it captured my baby very well. But I like the light and color of fourth photo.

I am going to try Photoshop these four, and see what I can get.

My dreams under your feet – Journey of becoming a great photographer #4 2/2

Continued from part 1.

After the guessing work was done, I dove right into taking photos. I was really excited about this photo, thinking about printing it out on canvas or something nice. But I did not know how hard it was to take photo of baby feet.

First, I laid my girl on the floor with a toy in her arm, hoping she would raise her feet up in the air just like the original photo. But no, she wouldn’t. I tickled her tummy and shake some toys but no. So my husband came in for a rescue. He raised her feet up and said “Go!” “No-, she put her feet down!” “Again!” “GO-!” “AGAIN!!” “Do it NOW!” “Awww”

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And here are the results… nothing close to my inspiration photo. I was so discouraged.

I guess hard part of leaning photography online is, everything is guess work in the end. You read and you think you understand about exposure, but photography is about the moment. You are trying to capture the split second of happenings and especially trying to shoot moving subject (=baby) is hard for beginner. I have taken few that I am proud of, but those are products of luck.
I wonder what would’ve been the results like if I had someone beside me coaching how to shoot this particular photo. Perhaps same, but maybe the someone can give me some advice what I can do next time.

This week’s reflection:

  • My living room is not suited for photo shoot. Not enough natural light coming in.
  • Perhaps baby as my subject is little too advanced. I really cannot control her as I intend.
  • Perhaps I should practice photographing landscapes or still objects.

I have download iTunes U and Digital Photography on my iPad mini for next week. Let’s see what this will give me.