Photog Friday: Photo Exercise #1 (repost)

Last Friday of the month is a photo exercise! Since no one has been participating – let’s start over!

The idea is this, I’ll post an exercise and upload your photos for the following month.  So, you will have until the end of the next month to post your photo(s).  The exercises will mostly be “mommy based” but you don’t have to be a mommy to play!  The exercises will be based on some being posted for Me Ra Koh’s Soar Sisters (which includes yours truly).  I’m hoping these will help you learn a few skills as well as help me stretch & grow!

So, let’s get started!!

Photo Exercise #1 (January)

This exercise will focus on the “art of storytelling”.  Storytelling has more of an impact at lower apertures, so if you have a 50mm or macro lens available to you – use it!  A lower aperture will give you the pretty, creamy, bokeh (or blur) effect – see last Friday’s post for more information on aperture.  If you don’t have a 50mm, use the lowest aperture your lens is capable of.  If you are working with a point and shoot, Me Ra recommends you use the flower or portrait icon.  Get lots of distance between you and the subject and shoot in Av or Manual mode.

Assignment:

Pick 2 different people. One will be a kid and one your husband (or significant other).  If you don’t have the later, use a friend, someone your age or older.  (the point is using 2 people with a large gap in age)

You will shoot 5 details that matter in their lives.  Try using different f-stops and compare.  Pick a favorite f-stop and decide why it ended up being your favorite.

Take some notes on how you decided what mattered to them.  Did you ask them any fact-finding questions? What questions did you ask to learn more about them? Jot those down.  Write down which persons details were easier? Where they momentary details or timeless details?

If you end up really excited about the assignment – capture 5 details about your own life.  How do they compare to the other 2 peoples?  Were you surprised about what YOUR details ended up being?

Be prepared to share 2 shots from 1 of the subjects  you chose.  Also, share the photos with the person you chose, they may be surprised how important something really is that they may give little thought to on a daily basis.  These make GREAT photo book gift for mom, dad, or grandparents … but, an everyday-I-love-you-gift is nice too!! And don’t forget Valentine’s Day is coming!!

The assignment may take you all month or it may take you 1 afternoon.  My hope is that you see how photographs capture the stories of our lives.  The DETAILS are a significant part of that story.   A lot of times in life we miss these little details.  We may not realize how important they are until we see them captured in a photograph.

ok, so that’s it – have fun! You have until the end of February to post (it may take me THAT long to work out any posting bugs!)  Please don’t forget, this is still new to me so it may take a few assignments for me to make it all go smoothly!

Email me your 2 photos to: barbie@klickenphotos.com (please put Assignment# in subject) so I can upload/watermark them for you.  Feel free to use the ‘comments’ to add any additional story to your photos.

Photog Friday: Photo Exercise #2

Last Friday of the month is the Photo Exercise post!

The idea is this, I’ll post an exercise and provide a place to upload a link to your photos for the following month.  So, you will have until the end of the next month to post your photo(s).  The exercises will mostly be “mommy based” but you don’t have to be a mommy to play!  The exercises will be based on some being posted for Me Ra Koh’s Soar Sisters (which includes yours truly).  I’m hoping these will help you learn a few skills as well as help me stretch & grow!

So, let’s get started!!

Photo Exercise #2 (August)

This exercise will focus on YOU, in your self portrait. Eww – I know, right?! But sometimes to learn, we have to stretch beyond what’s comfortable.

Assignment:

You will take TWO Self Portraits.  One image will have you in the photo.  The second one will be an object that symbolizes you.  Both Self Portraits are meant to document where you are in your life journey.  When you think about the present season of your life… How do you feel?   Are you excited, afraid, alone, content, searching?  What colors are you wearing?  If we saw your true insides, what would they look like right this moment?  What object would symbolize this time in your life?  What angle would you shoot it from and why?

How can you get this done?  Well, you can do this exercise in different ways.  You can either set your camera on a counter top or tripod and use the self timer to photograph yourself.  Or, you can collaborate with someone you trust.  I’ve done Self Portraits where I set the timer, but I often like to work with a trigger release.  Or you can have a loved one help you.  Doesn’t really matter, what does is your honestly to yourself in the assignment. A Self Portrait, much less self reflection, isn’t easy – but you can do! You SHOULD do it!

The assignment may take you all month or it may take you 1 afternoon.  My hope is that you see how photographs capture a moment in our lives.  YOU are the significant part of that moment.  We may not realize where we are in our lives at that particular moment, are we where we want to be?  Are we who we were created to be?  But we can express that moment in a photograph.

You have until the end of August to post your 2 shots …  and remember, this Photog Exercise deal is still new to me so it may take a few assignments for me to make it all go smoothly!  Have fun!

Upload a link to your photos below via Linky Tools or email 2 photos to: barbie@klickenphotos.com (please put Assignment# in subject) so I can upload them for you.  Feel free to use the ‘comments’ to add any additional story to your photos.

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Mommy Monday: My Assignment #1

Happy Monday!

This is the last week to get your Photog Exercise #1 uploaded.  I hope some of you out there did the assignment … and maybe even learned something from it.

I wanted to share my shots (I will also upload them on the assignment #1 post though).  Here’s and surprise – I picked Reed & Randy as my 2 subjects.  But I’ll share Reed’s details that mattered in his life & the settings of those shots.

Before I do, I want to mention that when I talked to Reed about things that were important to him, I was impressed that he seemed to understand that meant things he should be grateful for.  He demostrated that by answering with,  “umm, thank you Jesus for daddy, thank you for trucks, thank you for train table – Amen”.  They were all things that I had on my list for him already!  All I had to do was add a couple more.  I just love that kid!  And I love to hear such innocent thankfulness … kids his age don’t fake this stuff – so listen carefully when they speak!  Little voices have something to say & they may surprise you.

So, here are Reed’s 5 momentary details …

Daddy - 50mm ISO200 f/2.5 1/125sec

Trucks - 50mm ISO200 f/1.4 1/125sec

Train table - 50mm ISO200 f/1.4 1/125sec

Water - 50mm ISO100 f/1.4 1/100sec

Water2 - 50mm ISO100 f/1.4 1/100sec

 (I replaced the shot of Reed & his buddy with another water shot since I’ve already posted the 1st one)

Mommy Monday: Minor Details

So, as I work on my details assignment (see Photog Friday post) I captured this shot.  I love this one!

Just looking at it not only puts a smile on my face but clearly reminds me why I take photographs.  This one shot floods my eyes (and heart) with what might seem like minor details: his tattered buddy, the color of the room, the plants I painted on the wall when I was pregnant, his shirt that we struggled that morning to get over his growing noggin, and cute little smile that he rarely lets me get on camera!

Take it all in mommies – it will be different in a few months …weeks …maybe even days.

50mm ISO 200 f/1.4 1/160sec

Mommy Monday: Details

Happy Monday Mommies (and not-mommies)!  I noticed no one has posted any of their shots for July’s Photo Exercise – no worries, there’s still time!  You have until the end of the month to post. If you’d like to review the assignment, you can find it HERE.

I’m still thinking about what details I want to capture for the assignment. But I decided to post some older shots of Reed’s details to help get your creative juices flowing.  Normally, I would post my settings along with these but some of them are pretty old and well, so is my brain so don’t have all the details. I’ll post that info on my assignment photos for sure!

Some details will stay with them forever … others will be gone by next week.  Here are some of the details that I never want to forgot as Reed grows up:

The way he likes to sleep with LOTS of his "buddies" surrounding him.

His favorite part of going to the park.

The way learning to run looks at the end of the day.

His fearless love for animals.

His Buzz Lightyear stance as he "POW POW POW"s everything.

One of his beloved things to do at any body of water.

The way he sings about "Mighty Machines" while playing with construction trucks.

How he trustingly discovers the world around him.

The shape of his baby feet.

The way he's Reedzilla from one activity to the next.

His love for water.

Photog Friday: Fireworks!

Hope you’re having a great Friday! Before I get into this week’s photography tip, I wanted to remind everyone that you can post your Excerise #1 now! The link is available for uploads from Jul 1-31st.  If you miss the assignment, you can read about it HERE.

Okay, let’s get to this week’s tip!

Last year our family didn’t go see any fireworks because Reed was still too little … and mostly because it’s about 115* out. But this year we are going with some friends so I’ll be trying to shoot some fireworks for the 1st time. I’ve been doing some studying on it and thought I’d share some  tips for anyone interested to trying it out with me.

Shoot some Fireworks!

1. Set your camera on Manual Mode (Dooo it!)

2. Set your ISO down to 100. This way you get maximum color saturation. Since the ISO will be so low, and the Wild Things will be roaming, you’ll want to use a tripod if you can. Resting the camera on your knees may work too but let’s face it, you may want you hands free  in the event a Wild Thing starts to run across the field. I’m also going to try using a remote shutter release, see if that’s a little more steady & hands free.

3. We want detail so put your aperture f-stop at F/11 or F/16.

4. Put your camera on Evaluative Metering so your color and light is metered throughout your whole frame. This will enhance all the colors in the sky.

5. Slow your shutter speed waaay down. Start with a slow shutter speed of 3 seconds. Relax & go from there. What you’ll want to do is push your shutter release button down when the firework goes off and wait for the image to record 3 seconds of the light. Then when the shutter closes (you’ll hear it), check your LCD and see if it looks bright enough. Too dark? Slow your shutter speed down a little more … maybe try 4 seconds.  Too bright? Do the opposite, try a faster shutter speed like 1 second.

Another tip is that you’ll want to try to dial in your settings as fast as possible. The longer it takes you, the more smoke will be in the air from the fireworks. No pressure, just concentrate. Once you get your settings where you want them, enjoy the show & click away!

If you get some shots you’d like to share – email me!! I’d love to post them on the blog for you … send your settings too!

This one was shot by Becky M. last year – great shot!! Thanks for sharing.

But most importantly, have fun & be careful!

Happy 4th of July!

Photog Friday: Photo Exercise #1

Last Friday of the month will be a photo exercise!

 The idea is this, I’ll post an exercise and provide a place to upload a link to your photos for the following month.  So, you will have until the end of the next month to post your photo(s).  The exercises will mostly be “mommy based” but you don’t have to be a mommy to play!  The exercises will be based on some being posted for Me Ra Koh’s Soar Sisters (which includes yours truly).  I’m hoping these will help you learn a few skills as well as help me stretch & grow!

So, let’s get started!!

Photo Exercise #1 (July)

This exercise will focus on the “art of storytelling”.  Storytelling has more of an impact at lower apertures, so if you have a 50mm or macro lens available to you – use it!  A lower aperture will give you the pretty, creamy, bokeh (or blur) effect.  If you don’t have a 50mm, use the lowest aperture your lens is capable of.  If you are working with a point and shoot, Me Ra recommends you use the flower or portrait ICON.  Get lots of distance between you and the subject and shoot in Av or Manual mode.

Assignment:

Pick 2 different people. One will be a kid and one your husband (or significant other).  If you don’t have the later, use a friend, someone your age or older.  (the point is using 2 people with a large gap in age)

You will shoot 5 details that matter in their lives.  Try using different f-stops and compare.  Pick a favorite f-stop and decide why it ended up being your favorite.

Take some notes on how you decided what mattered to them.  Did you ask them any fact-finding questions? What questions did you ask to learn more about them? Jot those down.  Write down which persons details were easier? Where they momentary details or timeless details?

If you end up really excited about the assignment – capture 5 details about your own life.  How do they compare to the other 2 peoples?  Were you surprised about what YOUR details ended up being?

Be prepared to share 2 shots from each person you chose.  Also, share the photos with the person you chose, they may be surprised how important something really is that they may give little thought to on a daily basis.  I wish I had started this assignment weeeell before Father’s Day – would have made a GREAT photo book gift for dad … but, an everyday-I-love-you-gift is nice too!!

The assignment may take you all month or it may take you 1 afternoon.  My hope is that you see how photographs capture the stories of our lives.  The DETAILS are a significant part of that story.   A lot of times in life we miss these little details.  We may not realize how important they are until we see them captured in a photograph.

ok, so that’s it – have fun! You have until the end of July to post (it may take me THAT long to work out any posting bugs!)  Please don’t forget, this is the 1st time I’ve tried something like this so bear with me!  It may take a few assignments for me to make it all go smoothly!

Upload a link to your photos below via Linky Tools or email 2 photos to: barbie@klickenphotos.com (please put Assignment# in subject) so I can upload them for you.  Feel free to use the ‘comments’ to add any additional story to your photos.

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