The weather has been playing tricks on us here. A few days ago it was 80 degrees and sunny (hence my last post). And today it’s cold and rainy. I keep thinking my warm sweater’s have seen their last days (until next winter)….but out they come again. Although I’ll never complain about wearing this one too much. It’s been such a strange couple of months. But there is something about the rain that inspires me creatively. Pushes me to get out my paints, put on a good record, and just create. Probably because it’s just a good excuse to stay inside…but it’s honestly the best feeling. I forget about my to-do lists and the hecticness that fills my mind so often, and I get lost in the process. Days like today remind me to slow down, and to appreciate the gift of art. It’s always been my outlet. And I’ve been trying to give myself the freedom to “get lost” more often. Lord knows we all need that escape sometimes. What is your outlet? Where does your mind run free…and where do you feel most inspired!? I’d love to hear.
The 52 Project – a portrait series of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2013
So here we are, week 9 of the portrait series and I still haven’t missed one! I have to admit, I’m a little proud of myself for that one. Even with the best of intensions, I was sure I’d miss one by now. I should really have more faith in myself. Ha!
So you guys….this last weekend!!? Perfection! It was like God gave us a little taste of summer in February and it was absolutely glorious. When it heats up to 80 degrees….to grandmother’s pool we go! It’s in a private community and almost always empty….and you can order food poolside! I mean, common. Talk about spoiled. It feels like a vacation, and boy do we take advantage! I can’t wait for summer!
Home tour! Just kidding! I’m just working on my picture taking skills. Although I really should do a real home tour one of these days. The only problem is that I don’t want to share it until it’s perfect and I don’t think it will be perfect until i’m at least 50….and by then, i’m not sure if I will even have a blog anymore (…but I digress!). I think i’ve used my camera more in the last two months than I have in the last 2 years. Largely due to this project, but also because of my year’s goal of becoming a better photographer. I feel funny even calling myself that. We’ll go with picture taker, or moment capturer. I’m more comfortable with that. If any of you guys have been a reader for a little while, you know i’ve been on a journey of getting to know my camera a little better this year. Sam got me a DSLR 3 years ago for Christmas, and up until a few months ago, the setting never changed from auto (gasp!). For a while, I didn’t mind. But the more I blogged, the more I realized the importance of quality images. And once I had Rylee, the game changed completely and I was all the more motivated to learn how to take a good photo. I got tired of relying on other people to capture the images I essentially wanted to be able to capture myself. Is anyone with me on this? …it was just a matter of taking the time to learn the fundamentals of photography. I was clueless. And not to mention overwhelmed at the thought of even learning. But only a few months in to ditching auto mode and shooting manual, I am realizing what a difference it makes! Same camera, way better photos! I still have so much to learn, but I am totally loving the process. I’ve realized you don’t need the best camera or the fanciest lens to take a great photo, you just need to know how to best utilize the capabilities of the camera you do have. Of course, nice equipment helps…but my point is, if you understand the fundamentals, you can capture images you can be proud of.
What I wanted to share with you today is the workshop that kickstarted my journey….in case any of you are local to San Diego, and in the same place I was a few months ago and looking some guidance on where to start. It was a workshop by Photo Creatures called Amazing Photos in a Snap : An intro to taking better photos. My mom actually forwarded me the link to a beginner’s class that she discovered through Amazon Local…and it seemed like just what I was looking for. We actually ended up going together! (this is how basic it is, people…no offense mom!) haha. I really can’t say enough good things about the class. The intimidation I felt before going was quickly diminished when I realized most of the students were on the same level that I was. The class was all about the fundamentals. Getting to know the way your camera works and understanding how to create the proper exposure using shutter speed, aperture and ISO. It may sound like gibberish (it did to me too)…..but take this class and those three words will make all the difference in your photos! On auto mode, your camera is playing a guessing game. But shooting manual allows you to have full control over your exposure. Probably the most exciting part of the workshop for me was understanding aperture, which controls the depth of field. You know that sharp foreground focus and blurred out background that looks so amazing in photos? Yep, that’s a shallow depth of field….meaning a larger aperture (but a lower number on your camera!). Gibberish again? This post might help. The class goes into all of this in much greater detail…with a wonderfully patient instructor helping you along! I can’t recommend it enough.
Photo Creatures has generously offered all of my readers 50% off their intro workshop or a single walkabout! Woohoo! Such an amazing deal! Use the promo code ‘KelliCreatures’ when you register. It can either be applied to a gift card or directly to registration for a specific workshop/walkabout. Maybe i’ll see you there!
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