Tomorrow morning is my final class for my second photography course, Photographing Children in the Real World. Anyone want to help me choose four to five photos to take for critique? Here are the choices:
And please feel free to give constructive criticism — it helps me get better!
The other two photographs I need to include in this week’s homework are one showing the use of flash and one using this zoom technique. I ended up grabbing one I took in February for the flash pic:
That’s my sister in law with Miss L, during a trip back home in February. We were out to dinner at the time and I was playing around with the flash. I’m pretty pleased with the lighting and think it looks pretty natural.
Here’s my zoom shot:
Thank goodness for the Internet and the kindness of bloggers, because I was just not getting this technique. (It involves switching the camera to manual focus and snapping the picture while zooming in or out with a zoom lens.) The very sweet Capello gave me some tips and thus this photo became an addition to my homework. It’s a neat technique but I don’t know if I have the patience to master it. Who am I kidding? I have no patience to do much of anything, which is why I was getting so frustrated with both the zooming and panning portion of the homework. (Procrastination is also my downfall and may or may not have played a role in my frustration level, as well.)
In other news, I finished the last six preschooler totes today and sewed two pairs of toddler pants (one still needs a waistband) before heading off to the pool with the bunny for a play date. I have an appointment at 6 and then class at 8:15, so it’s unlikely that I’ll get any more sewing done today. Which means I’ll be back at it bright and early tomorrow!
Today I started my second photography class, Photographing Children in the Real World. It’s a three-week course and appealed to me for obvious reasons. Of course now it means I have twice the photography class homework, at least for the next three weeks. Really, I need to think through my commitments at least once a year.
On Saturday, I had a field trip for my first class. We met at Underground Atlanta to practice shooting in low-light situations and also with our flash. This presented a slight problem for me: I’m claustrophobic. Going into an underground mall with tons of people is really just a wee bit beyond my comfort level. I ended up staying only an hour, and I’d guess about half of that was spent in Underground. That’s OK. I did manage to snap this:
He started playing right before I walked over to the stage. I fired off a few shots from in front of him, then walked along a sidewalk adjacent to the stage to check out this view. I think I like it. It’s definitely more interesting to me than the “sing into the microphone” ones I snapped.
This week, I need to take four images for critique, employing these techniques/challenges:
- Low light
Low light? Check. Flash and zooming, I’m still working on. Panning? Holy cow, is that a toughie. I’ve probably taken about 100 photos to get this one:
It’s not great, but I think it will do. Not sure I really care about mastering this technique. Still, I guess it’s good to break out of my comfort zone and try something new. Right?
It rained this afternoon, pouring down for a good 30 minutes or so before clearing out. Perfect chance to head outside and try to take some more pictures for my homework assignment. Miss L was delighted to pull on her rain boots, raincoat and grab her umbrella to head outdoors.
I snapped more than 100 pictures, initially narrowed it down to 12 and then chose these five. Tell me which (if any) you like. Constructive criticism is always welcome — a girl’s gotta learn somehow! Oh, and you can click on each to see a larger version.