Archive for January, 2010

Photo tip #2 Photographing movement without blur. Fun photos of my daughter.

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

My second photo tip when using any camera if you want to photograph with movement without blur is  raise the ISO or force the flash.  Even in this great technological world, cameras still don’t know what you want.  If a camera thinks there is enough light without flashing, it is lazy like most of us and won’t flash.  Therefore there could be plenty of light for a person sitting still but not enough for a child running around the room. If you know there will be movement and you don’t want blur then you need to see what the light situation is.  If you are outside during the day you will have almost no problem “freezing” movement.  If you have a “sport” setting (usually a little person running) it may be the best setting for you.  However if you are in a lower light situation, go to your ISO (check the manual, see tip #1 Know your camera) bump you ISO from what if may be set on 100, 200 or 400- up to 800.  You may get a little grain but it should keep you from having blur.  You may want to force the flash as well which should make the camera compensate for the other things.

I was having fun today trying to evolve my style and play a little with the artistry of images.  My daughter was my gracious model and I think she had fun too.

Photo tip #1 Know your camera

Friday, January 15th, 2010

I returned from Tennessee with so much information and ideas, I thought my head was going to explode.  One thing I took away from the conference though was how to share with people and give them not only insight to me and my business but really good information.  So my first tip of information on how to take better pictures is  #1.Know what your camera can do.  You may not know what all the terms like aperture, shutter speed and ISO mean and how they can work for you but at least know how to turn off the flash or force it to fill-in a little when you are in harsh sunlight.  Even the smallest point and shoot these days has a manual setting for the flash.  FIND IT!!  USE IT!!

While I was in Tennessee I drove around and took in some of the sites and SNOW.  It was very cold but I had to stop and take these photos of a 150 year old school house and a great tree by it.  When I decided that the best angle for the shot was above the school house and there was a huge hill in front of me, I decided to scale it.  I came up sort of the back side so I didn’t read the sign until I got off the mound.  It was an Indian burial mound and the sign said “Keep Off”.  I got a really great shot of the trees framing the school though but I apologize for treading on sacred ground.

Off to Imaging USA tomorrow!!!! I am sure to come back totally inspired.

Friday, January 8th, 2010

I am leaving for 5 days!  I can’t believe it.  I am thrilled, excited and already a little missing the kids.  When they were fighting with each other yesterday and I couldn’t get Laina to brush her teeth I was counting the minutes.  Let’s say that I am not using my time wisely right now by blogging (because I haven’t packed yet) but I want you all to know that I am going for YOU.  I plan on coming back super inspired with all kinds of new ideas and techniques and great stuff for you to benefit from.

If you have not signed your kids up for my special Valentines Promotion…..there are only a few spots left.  We are doing 30 minute studio mini sessions on Jan. 23rd and 24th.  I have several exclusive products that I am offering with this deal.  Email me if you are interested.

Nashville bound!!!!

92127 Magazine second issue.

Friday, January 1st, 2010

The second issue of 92127 magazine has been distributed!!  I am excited to share it because the firefighter page turned out really cool and the family photo looks great.  You’ll have to go to the “View Current Issue”  and look at the firefighter page and cover or click here and then go to page 20.   You can see the magazine and family photo by clicking on the highlighted links here. This issue I did the photos for the cover, cover story, family and Civil Disobedience ad.