Spring is in the air and I have to confess that it is my favorite time of year. I love the new beginnings and cleansing it brings both to nature and for myself. The recent rain that we have had here in Boise has brought forth an abundance of blooming flowers in my yard. To my delight, my favorite are the forsythia that blooms it's vibrant yellow. Oh how I love Spring! Today's tip is to capture things that you love. Document the importance of these simple things in your everyday life and be sure to take advantage of those little loves all through the year. The forsythia and daffodil blooms adorn my kitchen counter this week, reminding me of the love for gardening and fresh flowers. They make me smile.
Tuesday Tips | Get Close To Get The Details
Today's tip is one that I seem to do often. I am obsessed with capturing the details of things such as flowers, toys, eyes, etc. This image was taken at a 1st birthday shoot in which this little guy was having a hard time being on the sidelines of his little sister. So, I snapped a nice close-up of the airplane he so proudly shared with me. This is exactly what he wanted to show me and how could I resist the excitement and imagination from a child.
Get in close to capture the details that will help tell the story of your pictures.
Tuesday Tips | Capturing Emotion
Instead of a smile, consider capturing the pensive, nervous, moody, silly or annoyed moments as well. Real emotion, in all its forms, speaks through photographs.
Tuesday Tips | Check For Sharpness On The Eyelashes
Last week I shared a tip about getting the correct exposure straight out of the camera (SOOC) so that you do not spend valuable time fixing your images in post process. So this week, lets talk about that tack sharp focus on the eyes. It can be very difficult to tell if your shot is in focus by looking at the back of the LCD screen on your camera. The best way that I have found to check for sharpness is to zoom in on my camera and look at the picture on the LCD to look at the eyelashes. If you can see individual eyelashes, then you know you have a tack sharp photo. If the eyelashes appear like a blur of black, then it is not sharp.
Great photography doesn’t take fancy equipment or college degrees—just passion and a willingness to invest in yourself and in the memories you’ll be preserving for generations to come.