I just love a brick sidewalk!

Hi, just the other day I had a co-worker ask me how I took such good pictures. What a wonderful compliment and it made me feel great. I believe there are two simple things one can do to take better pictures with any camera. Sure, those fancy big cameras have some mighty nice bells and whistles. If one knows what all of them do and how to use them, the pictures look awesome. The key is knowing what they do and how to use them. In this post I will not get into the technical side of photography; instead it will be the non-technical (position of camera) I will talk about. This will work with any of your camera’s mode settings (auto or A-S-P-M).

First, read the manual to learn what each control, switch, button, and menu item does. Learn the basic actions, such as using the flash (on, off, and auto), zooming in and out, and using the shutter button. I would even recommend keeping a copy of the manual in your camera bag.

Secondly, how do you take your pictures, standing up? When I took this image, I was standing straight up camera at eye level. The camera was positioned horizontally.

sidewalk

LENS: 50mm F1.8
EXP: 1/400 sec; f/4.5; ISO 100

Try turning the camera vertically. Don’t confuse this with cocking the camera. Even though this can be done, doing it too much can distract from the image.

sidewalk

LENS: 50 mm F1.8
EXP: 1/250 sec; f/4.5; ISO 100

Can you see any difference in the pictures? For the next image, I bent down to the ground (squatting- still on my feet).

sidewalk bricks

LENS: 50 mm F1.8
EXP: 1/160 sec; f/4.5; ISO 100

This last picture I set the camera on the sidewalk bricks holding the lens up just enough to keep it off the ground.

ground sidewalk

LENS: 50 mm F1.8
EXP: 1/200 sec; f/4.5; ISO 100

See how amazing it is to get four different images that were taken in the same place! The only difference was the level of the camera.

The next time you take a picture, take it a second time but place the camera at a different level. You’ll be amazed!

Best Wishes,
debra

For more basic suggestions on how to take better pictures, check out this link.

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Hi, the Model Call 2017 was a success. Each of the models did a wonderful job! Here are just a few quick peeks from their sessions.

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You can view slideshows of their images just by clicking the model’s name below.

The Wilson Kids

Megan and Friends

Brian and Becky

Isa and Carlos Family

Sam

Claire

I was highly pleased with the new camera. Going forward I will definitely be purchasing additional equipment for the Sony mirrorless camera- lens and possibly a full frame camera. Be sure to sign up for the nifty newsletter to receive first dibs on another modeling session! 🙂

Best Wishes,
debra

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Treasures Found

Hi, it’s amazing at how the smallest thing can bring so much happiness. I have started recycling; mainly aluminum cans and plastic milk jugs. Just before grocery shopping I dropped off several bags of cans. Nothing unusual about that. What was fun was the surprise I found once I opened the cover to the recycling can house. Adam was with me and he had his phone with him; he took several pictures. Not me, I had no phone nor camera. So the next day I went back. Another surprise, they were still there!

treasure mushroom

LENS: 30 mm Macro
EXP: 1/60 sec; f/3.5; ISO 200

In the local Dillon’s parking lot is the Cans for the Community recycling bin; I refer to it as the can house. Cans for the Community proceeds from recycling are donated to local non-profit organizations.

treasures mushroom

You can see the small mushrooms on the bottom right side of the opened sliding door in the middle and right image above. As cute as these mushrooms are, still be very careful. Mushrooms can be dangerous. We never touched them, just looked at them and took many pictures!

What’s even funnier; after taking these pictures I researched macro photography and found that it is recommended shooting with a smaller aperture. The first image above I used the largest aperture for this lens f/3.5. So I went back to the can house the following day. Guess what, they were still there! One had faded (expired, died) and another one had grown open more. Here is one of the pictures taken with the smaller aperture of f/10. Note that in this image my distance is a bit closer to the mushroom treasures.

treasure mushrooms

LENS: 30 mm Macro
EXP: 1/60 sec; f/10; ISO 640

Have you found any treasures such as this? If so, where did you find it?

Best Wishes,
debra

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