Since you’re forced to slow down anyway, take advantage of it.
Like most smartphone photographers I find myself being the family historian—it’s only fair since we always have our cameras with us. And even though most of us aren’t thrilled about having to follow “shelter in place” guidelines we can still make the best of it by practicing and getting better at our photography. We’re most likely spending this time with our family and furry friends so let’s take advantage them! I mean, take advantage of the time.
Children and pets make great subjects while you’re practicing, but don’t try to force them to model. As the historian you can get some really genuine moments if you’re patient, and if your children and pets are like mine they won’t model anyway. Remember you’ve got time to just sit back and observe—photograph them when the moment is right.
If you’re indoors look for light (the softness of window light is the best). If you’re outdoors look for light (best times are morning and evening walks) think sunrise and sunset but because you have a smartphone you can prolong the sunset hours and look for nice shade if it’s too late after sunrise in the morning. And if you’re shooting in the middle of the day (not recommended but still can be done) I put myself and my camera in the shade—even if what I’m shooting is in direct sunlight. Also, foggy misty mornings or just after it rains are great times to run out and get some landscape shots.
Or try some flowers in your garden. You’re practicing—you can shoot whatever you want as much as you want. I would recommend not shooting the same subject exactly the same way over and over. If you feel you need more than one shot of something, change your angle and perspective. You’ll be glad you did when you go back to edit. Also, try some apps to add back what the camera didn’t capture. I absolutely love Lens Distortions. It’s perfect for enhancing the rain, mist and lens flares you capture. And I would recommend only enhancing at first, save putting in something that wasn’t there for later—much later.
I’ll talk more about apps in another post but for now I hope this is helpful.
I was having lunch with a friend last week when she asked me what I look for when I go out to take a picture?…
Me: “Huh? You know, Kathy, I don’t really go out to take a picture. I’ve thought about this but what happens, really, is that I come up on a story and it excites me, fascinates me or stops me in my tracks with how beautiful I think it is and then I take a picture. Even if it’s just a moment story I’ll want to capture it. I giggle under my breath when someone calls me a photographer because I really feel like a story gatherer.” Hahaha!
I love stories. I love to hear them, have them told to me, read them, write them…
I come from a very large family and when I was young we gathered a lot and the kids would sit satellite around the adults and listen to them talk and tell their stories. True and some not true stories (at least, I hope they weren’t all true). Hahaha! They were about good times, great times, bad times, terrible times, funny things, sad things but whatever they were about (good or bad) they were always told, somehow, with fondness. Can you imagine? My mother, father, four uncles (heck, one of them wrote songs where he talked his stories over music), both of my grandmothers, grandfather, aunts…it’s amazing really to have so many in one family. My mom always jokes that it was because “we didn’t have money so that’s how we entertained ourselves.” Maybe but I think we were luckier than just not having money — those people were (and are) special and I’m so grateful for them and what they added to my life, to how I see things, to how I want to see things.
Like this moment story on the way back home from taking my Yittle to school. I turned the corner on a foggy morning and I could have sworn I saw my white rabbit (in his usual hurry) dashing off into the fog and trees. I just had to stop and let him know I noticed. 😉
…so this sunrise, this new beginning, seemed appropriate for my site being back up and running. I’m so lucky, so blessed that I get to pass this tree every day and a lot of mornings there is a lovely layer of mist or ground fog hovering around just like on the morning I took this photo. Some mornings Yittle, my husband and I leave for the trip to school with enough time to stop and capture the start of a beautiful day — sometimes, we stop even if we don’t have the time. Hahaha! Yittle used to be concerned but once, a long time ago, I explained that while it is important to be on time, there are also times I will happily be late if it means stopping to enjoy a beautiful moment like this one with them.
Have a beautiful, peaceful, Wednesday and I look forward to spending time again with all of you here.