|Remembering how to use some of the buttons on my camera, |
was both fun and frustrating
|Aiming for the blurred background|
For over a year now I have toyed with joining in on an online photography course to help with my flat lay photography, this would be particularly useful for blogging photos, not so much for family snaps and shots but the expense has held me back.
When a few weeks ago I stumbled upon a free, yes FREE walk and shoot in a neighbouring village where two fiendishly enthusiastic amateur competition winners and chairmen of photography clubs offered their services to walk around said Oxfordshire village and help us with our photography. How could I resist? I immediately signed up and then asked Phil over at the Twisted if she was able to take time out and join in too? She could and she did, yeah! See if you can spot her in one of the photos later on.
It was a great day where by we grilled the chaps about our own cameras and use of them, talked about composition, the rule of thirds, what to look for, what to avoid. It was fun and thankfully the weather gods were kind. Both Phil and I learnt heaps, mostly that we need to practice more and actually get to know our cameras better. We have both since had a little play in our back gardens as a direct result. Hopefully the fruit of our practice will begin
|Trying to think of photography on all levels|
|Aiming again for a different view, might this |
be a child's view from the bridge?
|Trying to create light and unusual shots|
|Thinking about composition|
|Looking for interest in all places|
|Close up can be more interesting|
|Trying to capture the moment|
|Instead of taking the whole house, focus on an aspect of it|
|Trying to catch anything 'red' we were told was good in photographs|
|The motley crew listening to more advice|
|Diagonal lines are always interesting we were told|
|Me taking a picture of him taking a picture|
|Don't always put the interest in the middle (can you spot the ladybird)|
|It was a beautiful village to go walk about|
|Through the spider's web|
|A touch of red for interest|
One of the chaps showed us how to edit out details we are not happy with in our photos, someone piped up that it was cheating but he explained we now live in a digital world and should embrace it and that it was no longer photography per se but digital media and so altering to make the picture better was not cheating but making it the best it could be. In one of my photos he deleted a burglar alarm from an old cottage as he said it did not suit the perfection of the composition for example. I must admit I was in awe of this and realised how easy it must be for magazines and books to airbrush and alter images, scary yet fascinating at the same time. What are your thoughts? All the above photos are untouched by the way...
♥ Do you have any photography tips
or courses I should attend? ♥