Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Photography Tuesday

In her online newsletter this week, Ali Edwards (a life artist scrapbooker) asked readers to consider these questions:

1. What is your personal photo-taking process?
- never leave home or go anywhere without the camera
- everything is a photo op waiting to happen
- you can never take too many pictures
- no matter how many pictures you take, you'll always wish you'd taken more when you go to print them
- the true value of a photo is the memories and stories shared everytime you look at it or share it with someone
- someday "they" will be glad you took these pictures

2. What are your strengths in regards to taking photos?
- good eye for seeing extra stuff that will interfere with the photo (eg. empty winebottles on the table, gaps in lineups, people looking less than their best) and eliminating it
- can find natural frames when taking photos
- can take cool closeups of details
- take lots of pictures

3. What do you want to change about your process?
- read lighting situations better and learn to use natural reflectors
- learn to use more of the manual settings on the Canon Digital Rebel
- master Photoshop techniques
-be more willing to ask people to use unusual props or angles
- add to our collection of lenses

4. Which photos are your favorites? Why?
- all of my pictures of Meadow, our granddaughter, because she's changing so much every day and I want her to have tons of photos to look back on someday, unlike our own children :(
- wedding pictures that I've taken of our daughters because they were so beautiful and so in love on their wedding days
- closeups of everyday things because I love seeing the little details
- summer flowers because they are a symbol of nature and beauty

Soooo - what about you? Tell me your thoughts about these questions today!
And to make it more interesting (and to borrow an idea from Heather's blog http://www.heathermoll.blogspot.com/ -thanks, sweetie!), I'll send a little treat to one of the people who post their thoughts in my comments section. Thanks for playing!!

6 comments:

  1. These are great answers, Crystal! I'll have to think about MY answers to these questions!

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  2. What great ideas Crystal! You have really made me think. The easiest question to answer is what my favourite photos are. I LOVE taking photos of Chris and the kids. I also adore my nieces and cannot get enough pictures of any of them!

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  3. You sound like a teacher reflecting on things. :) Your answers were really good, and honest, like taking lots of photos. To be honest, by personal photo-taking process is relying on Tyler. He really has a great eye for capturing moments, unique scenes and breath-taking beauty. I guess this is also an area I need to change and work on. Keep taking pictures of Meadow. I want to see everyone when I come home.

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  4. Great post Crystal! My fave photos are of my girls of course, but landscape is probably right up there. I love the beauty of nature. I have just started looking a different perspectives for photos. I really need to work more on lighting, etc and hoping to take a course next week on it!

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  5. My easiest one to answer too is what are my favorite. I love love love to take portriats (but I can't spell it....) Love to take pictures of people i love.
    My hope is that the more I take, the better i get.

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  6. esther9:29 AM

    It's October 31st and this is the first time in over a month that I've had time to do personal stuff on the computer. I had a lot of reading to do on your blog! I like this "photography tuesday" questions. Personally, i love taking pictures of people. And i find it more fun to capture them when they aren't aware of it. I'd love to have a super powerful telephoto lenses so that i could zoom in across a big room. i'd also love a digital camera like yours. then i need the laptop, lessons, etc....

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