Friday, October 2, 2009

Snapshots are Slapshots

You have done it.  Stood over a birthday cake to take a photo of it for posterity.  Snapshots like that are like amateur documentaries.  Where is the art in it?  You wanna be a photographer?  Then constantly remember what I've said about this: "Take the photograph that nobody else sees."  Get low and close.  Do something different.  Now for the record- I took one of those lame shots of this cake too ;)  Sometimes you just gotta do it for the other people involved.  Get YOUR photos too though.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Flightless Dragon - camera color adjust

Ever wonder what all the settings do on your camera?  Ever wonder how they work and what they actually change?  PLAY WITH IT!  Haven't I said that before?  You must learn the range of capabilities your own camera has.  Your creativity will grow ten fold when you learn to manipulate your tool (the camera).  Here is a poor unfortunate dragonfly that didn't choose a clear path one evening last week.  I was driving in light rain in the low country of South Carolina.  He got the smackdown from my Jeep grill.  At any rate...  I snapped off these photos in late afternoon lighting.  The first has the camera set to "auto" in the color mode field.  The second photo is taken with the "cool" choice and the third on... you guessed it- "warm."  As you can see- it alters natural coloring of the subject and manipulates the ambient lighting.  This can change mood in many cases. PS- don't forget to change your camera settings back to default to you start off correctly the next time.

Monday, September 28, 2009


I was busy this week preparing for several weeks away from home.  This weekend I have been ill and just haven't felt up to speed.  Thanks for the well wishes. I'll bounce back and post again soon.  Hang tight.