An organized cluster of stuff
So, as I mentioned previously I have 11 days off from work coming up tomorrow. This is my photography plan:
1. Visit Barnes and Nobles: Looking for a book and magazine about photography.
2. Visit camera stores: Tempe Camera (Tempe) and Photomart (Scottsdale) are on my list but if I can find another I'll visit. I'd like a backpack for my camera and stuff. I often travel with kids so I need a backpack for diapers and snacks that can also carry my camera safely.
3. Spend 1 day photographing my whole city.
4. Travel to photograph outside of my city at least 3 days.
5. Spend 1 day figuring out which editing software I need, how to get it and how to use it. Study day will focus on editing. There seems to be numerous Adobe products that are used for editing, Photoshop, Lightroom etc. They all have different purposes and functionality. I now that my editing software just has to work for me but I have no concept of editing software... yet.
6. Do nothing.
7. Order some prints.
So, aside from that, I wanted to mention something cool that happened. One of the kids I keep is 11. She has a strong interest in photography, but I notice that the things she likes aren't really emphasized or pushed in her home so she kind of loses interest because she doesn't have a chance to practice her skills. Soooooooo, she asked me if she could take pictures with my camera. She's asked more than once and we haven't had many opportunities. She and my daughter were making me nuts at the park so I said, "If I let you, will you leave me alone?" Of course she agrees.
I think its a travesty when parents do not promote what their children like. Nurturing hobbies can turn into financially lucrative and happy lives for our kids. Even building Lego's can become a career...
So, of course I couldn't just let her take images without some guidance :)
She took this picture and came to me. She says "I hate it." I say, "Well, you've done a few things that make this image, not as eye pleasing, but how about this..."
"I think the grill is just ugly in general, the handles on there though, are pretty interesting, why not focus on that?" I reminded her to kneel down, get on the level of her subject, and she used my manual presets for the image. She wasn't 100% pleased with this image either, she said it was because the top line of the grill is not level, but she saw a great change in her image and how focusing on something differently, makes a whole different image.
She has a habit of putting her subject in the middle of the frame so I talked to her about the rule of thirds and by the time we got home she was screaming every time she had the subject centered. I explained to her that she didn't always have to avoid the middle but do something that looked the best for the subject.
This one I pointed out to her and she took it and ran. There are about 20 exposures of this scene because her little sister was not looking up or had her hands in her face or whatever 2 year olds do when you hold up a camera. The horizon line was a little off but she's starting to get the point. I talked to her about holding the shutter half way to focus and then moving the camera and this one was great for a talk on continuous shutter. lol.
To conclude my chatter, this one was my favorite. I ran interference to get him to grin and she got this great side shot. Excellent!
Pinky - Out