It was while I was watching one such slide show a few weeks ago that a thought hit me like a ton of bricks. I am not a good photographer! (In fact, I am actually pretty dang horrible.) My pictures are boring. I have no creativity when it comes to subjects, angles, posing, lighting, backgrounds… I just plop the person in the middle of the frame and take the picture with no thought as to the surroundings.
It’s not that I think my pictures aren’t worth keeping… they serve the purpose; I just think I can do better. If this is what my posterity is going to be looking at, surely I could be a little more imaginative and attempt to give the pictures some additional life.
Take this picture of my mom and dad for example. They look so cute together, but what was I thinking when I took the pic? (I wasn’t! That was the problem!) I didn’t even notice that my dad was right in front of Jenna’s huge clock, subsequently making it look like he had an afro on his head.
After analyzing several folders of pictures, (and seeing how much help I needed), I decided to participate in a free online photography class offered by HP… nothing fancy… just four VERY basic units that required reading and learning, practicing and then taking a three question quiz at the end of each unit.
What a blast I have had! Now, I am not claiming to be a photography pro, (so don’t be analyzing all my future photographs…), but I have had my eyes opened up to a lot of things that I have just never thought of!
For example… most of us know there is more than just an “auto” mode on our camera, but do we know what any of the other settings are? (Or even better yet, do we dare to use them?) Check out these pics I took on “macro” mode, and see if you can guess what the last two are. (Quality of all pictures has been HUGELY compressed for web page use.)
I then started playing around with abstract photos with a sepia color setting. Here is a self portrait that I kind of liked…
After learning about lighting, I was at Jenna’s house and saw this… I just had to grab my camera. I think the way the natural light comes through the window and hits Rylie is pretty cool!
Current "just-for-me-time" project: Fun with Picasa (free download) & then maybe Photoshop! :)
Anyway, if your pictures suffer from “I-can’t-shoot-crap” disorder like mine do, then maybe you would like to check out this class that can help unlock your mind a little: