Friday, March 16, 2018

Find interesting subjects to photo

No, no, no, no, no!

Don't find interesting things to take photos of, make things interesting! 

(Paraphrase from Joel Sartore, one of my favorite photography instructors from his great videos -  see below.)

One of the major lessons I learned about photography subjects:

Don't take pictures from eye-level. Everyone sees from eye-level, look for something different. Get up high, get down low, walk all the way around your subject (providing it's free-standing) and see what's there! Get a different perspective. You will find something interesting.

Here are three of my interesting finds following Joel's advice:

I took these with my Nikon D3200 camera and 18-55mm kit lens, no special lenses or filters!  I moved into my picture instead of expecting my picture to come to me.

To see a larger image, click the photo. These photos are for sale on Dreamstime (without the watermarks of course).

Christmas gifts through a crystal globe

Christmas gifts through a crystal globe.
Raindrops in a garden web

Raindrops in a garden spider web.
Funny boy

Funny boy!

You can make things interesting!

Here are the lessons I watched featuring Joel Sartore. In fact, I was watching the Fundamentals II last night and love the way he takes you out on location, shows you how to work around any challenging conditions like harsh lighting. Give them a try if you are so inclined!

Friday, March 09, 2018

DSLR - why buy a camera

This is certainly a legitimate question!

I have a friend who purchased the best smartphone on the market for its excellent rating as a camera. I don't use one for photography, I love the feel of a camera!

DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex)  cameras have these advantages:

Versatility - the variety of accessory lenses give you a much wider range of photo subjects you can capture with a DSLR. I know several birders who love having a camera with a telephoto lens to capture birds for their photo albums.

Longevity - a good camera can serve you for many years! The lifespan of a DSLR is measured in 'shutter actuations,' the number of times the shutter blades open and close. The typical DSLR will last for between 100,000 and 300,000 clicks. Most are rated for a minimum of 100,000 -  150,000 which is quite a lot of photos for a hobbyist (as I am assuming you are).

Fun - just having a camera will motivate you to get out and have fun with it! Go to new places and do some things you've never done before. (I'll mention the learning curve here....yes, there is a lot to learn with a DSLR, but there are fantastic video courses and books that make the learning easy and fun, too!)

Coolness - you just look cool with a fancy camera! Mine is shiny red and tends to attract attention! It's a fun conversation starter when out taking photo, too. You'll meet other photographers; they'll see your gear and want to chat!

Here is a great kit to get you started!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Welcome Back!

Welcome, Dear Reader!

It's been quite a while since I posted here.....about 7 years!

My life took some strange turns in 2010, maybe I'll write about them later, and I was under quite a bit of stress myself. However, since about 1,000 people a month still visit this blog  for the stress relief info posted over the course of seven years, I left it intact.

Now, I have a lot of new things to offer and my focus will be stress relief through photography. I traveled through India in 2012, and found that photography is a fantastic way to be in the moment. Mindfulness through a lens you might say!

I'll be writing here more often now, offering information and resources that combine stress relief and photography. Whatever equipment you use is up to you, but I have included product links to cameras and equipment that comes close to my own. There is some good stuff there if you are just getting started.

Let's Do This!