Only because some of you asked. My take on photography:
You really need a standard SLR. Circuit city is going out of business and I saw a basic Nikon D40 for really super cheap. You don't need fancy lens, flashes, and/or tripods to start. You do need a good eye. I am still very much a novice and have learned so much more in the last 43 days of my 365 day challenge then I have in the last 2 years of owning this camera. With that said, my strongest piece of advice is to practice, practice, practice.
Pick up your camera and take lots of pictures. I took over 700 on our vacation and will print only 100, okay probably more like 200. Remember that your light source should traditionally be behind you. (The sun should be directly behind you as in my shadow picture). Look through the lens and make sure that the background isn't too busy, if it's too busy focus in on the subject (the pic of the girls w/the bucket was taken at a very busy beach full of people). Do get down to the level of your subject and don't worry about getting dirty. (You should have seen my knees after capturing the boys in the water). Think outside the box. My most favorite photos are always those unposed that capture a smile or moment (I heart the picture of Fifi smiling in the pool). Don't wait for your subjects to smile, instead be a fly on the wall and observe the world through your lens (I waited for Lola to look up at me while playing in the sand, but love that I captured her picking through the sand). Lastly, be unique and don't center your subject (the last picture of the boys off center makes me smile). And. One more thing... find inspiration from others and study their pictures. I heart Irene and Sesame Ellis.
Each one of the photos above tells a story. All but one was taken by me on the ground. I challenge you to get down on the ground this week, don't center your subject, and snap away. Leave me a link of your capture in my comment section. I would love to see what you have done.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Posted by OHmommy at 8:23 PM