Monday, December 5, 2011

photography tips

I'm in no way a professional photographer but somedays I like to pretend that I am.  Over the years I've taken a few classes and spent a lot of time taking a lot of bad photographs to learn how to take a few good ones.  That's the cool thing about photography and especially in the age of digital; you don't have to be a professional to take good, ar at least above average, photographs.  

Here are some of the things that I've found have had the most impact on the quality of my photographs.

Anyone else have other tips?  Feel free to add.  I am always looking for ways to improve on my photography skills.


  1. How about a camera recommendation? We're thinking about purchasing a DSLR this year, and my husband is researching Canon vs. Nikon, but I'm always a sucker for the personal testimonials from people I know. Or people I "know." You know.

  2. I think I love you. :) No, really - this blog feels like watching a cool show and sitting on my couch thinking I could probably (maybe?) be creative because you are.

    Or, you are expressive in different ways than I am, so I "hang out" with this exotic creature and hope that some of it will rub off.

    At the very least, I can forward your posts to my husband, who also knows how to let his creativity come out through the works of his hands.

    Mine resides mainly in my head. Somebody asked if I collect anything, and I said, "Yes. Ideas."

    Meanwhile: Clio Is So Cute!!!!!!!!!!! CUTE. She is just *so* *cute.* I love think I love her, too. :)

    Cathy in Missouri

  3. Brooke- Exciting! A new camera! That will be fun. We have a Cannon Rebel T2i, which we really love. It would have been nice to have the Canon 5D because it shoots full frame instead of cropped, which is how the T2i shoots. Of course, the 5D is $2,000 and the T2i is only about $550. Big price difference there.

    Here is an example of the difference between full and crop:

    The T2i shoots high-def at 1080 video and that was ultimately why we chose that camera. Maybe I'll post some videos Leif made so you can see the video quality.

    I'm sorry I don't have much knowledge about Nikons. We've always been Canon people.

    Cathy- Somehow I think you are more creative than you are giving yourself credit for. You certainly know how to write. Wish you had a blog because I would totally read it; you are one insightful person. Also you are very sweet and I like you:) Is Missouri full of people like you? Because if it is then I may need to think about a vacation home there.

  4. Ha ha, like Cathy, I'm also hoping that a little exotic glamour may rub off if I just lurk around here for long enough!

    I am definitely in the market for a new camera as my current strategy, which consists of point 1 of your plan, is causing storage and battery consumption problems with my ancient camera!

  5. Bree, just found this post now that I'm meandering around this other blog of yours. So cool! Thank you for sharing the tips, and your photos are gorgeous.

    My husband got me a Canon Rebel T3 for Valentine's Day, and since then I've been a shutterbug. Being so new to photography, I'm still trying to figure out all of the settings on the camera, and I'm planning on taking a class. (Free with camera.) It's so true what you wrote about taking tons of pictures to get one good one, especially when you're just starting out. If it weren't for the digital age, I'd be going through an ungodly amount of film right now.

    Getting into photography is proving to be a healing experience for me. My husband is so supportive, and I wish I could say that the rest of my family were as well. Instead, I get called a "weirdo" and "the paparazzi." I'm glad to know that there are other people out there who take just as many photos as I do. xo