I haven’t posted any articles or links in quite sometime. I’ve been reading lots of great articles still, but haven’t had much time to pass them along. Here is an article I read this morning that I thought was great.
When I was in New York in January, I got my shoes shined on a street corner. My first time. Why can’t I shine my own shoes. I have the tools he had. But he has the experience to make my shoes shine!
As I’ve been working my way through the 365 Photo Project, I’ve become more aware of my photography skill. I can see improvements in how I take the shots. I think I’ve really improved my craft of photography, and I certainly understand exposure and the camera better.
However, like the shoe shine man I saw in New York City recently, I may have the tools, but now I have to use them to make art. A shoe shine guy can make great looking shoes with his tools.
I do seek to improve how I am as an artist. For sure, I like the idea of approaching this with a sense of balance.
What kind of Photographer are you?
I was walking around the green belt of Boise, ID yesterday, I was reminded how beautiful autumn is. This might sound weird, but in Alaska, our autumn is not nearly as pretty as other parts of the world. Sure, we have snow capped peaks and gorgeous scenery. But we have boring fall.
I thought of this great article as I was taking shots. I found the histogram tip very good. In fact, the histogram tip has been one of the best tips I’ve picked up. Watch out for the blinkies!
Also, the day was slightly overcast. There was some blue, but I think the high clouds helped to keep the hard shadows at bay. I really like the above shot. You can’t get anything like this in Alaska.
And after this, I am seriously considering a ND filter. It would have helped with some of the water shots I was trying. Could close the lens down enough for the brightness yesterday.
Do you have other fall shooting tips?
The Olympics haven’t been over that long, and already I miss them. Did you see this great picture taken during the games. It’s all about being in the right place at the right time.
As I sit by the pool in Palm Springs on vacation, I’m writing this post.
I read this piece on CNN today and wondered if it fit me.
Should we be more in the moment? Or should we want to capture the moments for the future? I take tons of pictures on vacation. And with Facebook, we are updating pictures and locations constantly. For me, it’s partly the FB timeline aspect. You get to keep a running diary of your vacation. That’s cool. But are we sacrificing something for that?
As a kid, I remember the slide projector. Those were fun nights looking at vacation slides. This 365 Photo project has made me better about editing photos of my trips.
I do find the camera distances me, but it’s for the memories.
Are you a vacation over sharer?
One of the Ventura County Slackers takes a moment of “prayer” on his slack line as he practices in the park along the beach in Santa Barbara. They run a slack line between two palm trees for their practice sessions.
When I was in college, as part of my photography class, the professor gave us a book called Whack on the Side of the head. So for me, photography has always equalled creativity. To this day, nearly 20 years later, I still use techniques from the book to help me when I need a boost of creativity.
This article is great and talks about how to not stifle your own creativity.
I like the part about giving yourself permission to be creative. The 365 Photo Project is really helping me bring my creativity up. I have committed to a project, I am being prolific. I need to remember the rest part.
What do you do to help your own creative process?
I came across this video recently. It’s pretty amazing time-lapse capturing the night sky over the ocean. Beautiful and amazing.
If you need the article, it will come.
This piece is another great one on how to shoot in the middle of the day. In my recent trip to Washington DC, I found myself trying to shoot the monuments in what I considered terrible light. This would have been a great article to have read.
I like what it says about “shooting to the right.” I try not to use Photoshop too much, but I also like how you can go back in and add a little shadow. On the whole, a great article on how to combat harsh, midday light.
What tips do you have for shooting at midday?
Shot of the Washington Monument taken by Jason Hodges
Here’s a fun article on light play. It’s a great experiment in looking at light. Hard to experiment with the light on a gray day like I’m experiencing in DC.
I came across this article and really liked it. It’s about the common mistakes that photographers at varying levels of proficiency can make. Whether a beginner, an amateur, or a pro, there is something here for you.
Nasturtiums from my Dad’s garden in Fairbanks Alaska. Photo by Jason Hodges
Thank goodness for flowers and flower photography. This 365 Photo Project would be tough for me right now. Fortunately, Alaska’s flowers are in their glory. When I am feeling at a loss for what to shoot, there are always some flowers.
I wonder what will happen when it starts snowing?
In a timely fashion, I found this article which talks about how to improve you flower photography. It’s called 5 Top Tips For Photographing Flowers and Gardens.
I like the idea of shooting seeds and the dying phases of plants.
This shot was taken in the evening of a Purple Columbine before going into full bloom. Photo by Jason Hodges