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?
Shrek Comes to Anchorage
I’m pretty lucky to have the job I do. I work for the Anchorage Concert Association and present concerts and Broadway shows in Anchorage. This week, Shrek the Musical opens here and the entire production crew and company are rehearsing at the performing arts center. We were fortunate to get some coverage from the local newspaper. Here are some pictures of the rehearsal and tech process.
I hope to get backstage and get a few of my own, not sure my lens is fast enough, but we’ll see.
Since I began this 365 Photo Project, I’ve been reading lots of articles and blogs about photography via my Zite app. I’ve been impressed with the articles, and even more impressed with how the right article comes along when I need it.
Yesterday, this article came along, and gave me some great tips for taking a sunset shot while I was i the Seattle airport last night. The shot above is one I took. I don’t love the composition, but I do like the colors.
I think the tips in the article really helped, particularly the one on selecting a custom white balance. Do you have any sunset shot tips?
I really appreciated reading this article today. Doing the 365 Photo Project has shown me that thinking small does, in fact, work. There are days when I’m thinking, “What the hell can I shoot today?” I tend to go in close for detail So, I love that the author talks about how to apply small thinking to big concepts, regardless the type of photography you are thinking about.
It is easier to get excited about taking pictures in exotic and new locations. My trip to DC overwhelmed me with all that I could shoot. So that’s why the small idea is good to remember.
Here are some small shots I’ve taken recently.
I love that there are specific tips in this article for shooting in Times Square. This is a fun article with some great shots.
If you’ve ever been to Times Square in New York, you know what kind of sensory overload the place can cause. I’ll never forget my first time there. I wanted to look everywhere. Usually I go to NYC in January for a conference, but this summer, I got to go there purely for pleasure. The above picture was from my trip earlier this summer. Another blog entry has a complete gallery of my trip.
Have you ever shot pictures in Times Square. Can you add any good tips?
I was floored by this piece I read about taking four hours to get 10 seconds of action. Again, patience is a requirement with this photography stuff. I also love the idea of seeing the action before it happens. That is a gift.
How do you see the action before it happens? And what crazy photography story do you have about taking a looooooong time to get a quick shot?
The shot above took some patience and some quick reactions. Nothing like trying to get Usain Bolt on film!