Saturday, November 10, 2012

National Novel Writing Month, How photography has changed my life.

  On one hand  it's less expensive than ever to do photography now with digital  because you don't need to spend large amounts of money on processing.  

  Kawaha Point, Rotorua

It's more satisfactory because you can just delete the photos you don't like in camera  and take another shot. 

Koutu, Rotorua

Ohinemutu, Rotorua

Sulphur Point, Rotorua

One legged Gull at Sulphur Point

Nesting gulls at Sulphur Point, Rotorua OKareka Bird Hide, Rotorua

On the other hand the more I get into photography, the more I want to spend on camera gear, in particular lenses.

  Lone Seagull at Maketu. 

 Ohiwa Harbour

The latest version of photoshop, a laptop computer, a desktop computer,  a good tripod, spare memory cards, a decent camera bag, a new wide angle lens,  and a 24 to 105  lens for travel and all round photography. 

Not to mention attendance of Photography conferences, photography workshops, paying to study a Diploma in Digital Photography. 

And so it goes on and on.

My husband has no difficulty in trying to figure out what I want for Christmas presents and birthdays. 

If it's about camera gear, I want it. 

I figure it is money well spent.

  I  am so immersed in creativity, art making, gardening, teaching  and photography, life seems full of adventure and excitement. 

Ohiwa tidal pools

Ohiwa from top of hill.

I would love to go to Italy to see some mosaics and do a lot more travelling in general and I'm sure that day will come, if not there's plenty in my own back yard of New Zealand to be excited about and inspired by.



Ohiwa sheep


Things to look out for when you are  a novice photographer. 

  1. Composition Too Busy.

Too many things in picture frame/ taken from too far away/ subject may be unclear. 

 Reduce the number of distracting objects or confusing the message you are trying to convey. 

Move closer to the subject so that too many other objects are not in the picture.

2. Composition Lacks Impact.  Boring perspective or subject is not well arranged in its setting.

Consider unusually low or high-up perspectives and avoid boring snap-shot type photos. 

Try getting candid shots that capture natural expressions rather than staged and unnatural poses. 

Try looking at your subject from up close so the background is out of focus and using a wide-open aperture, for minimal depth of field. 

aperture and vice versa.)

3. Blurry Image.  Camera motion/ shutter speed too long/ low light.

If you are using automatic focus make sure to give the camera enough time to focus on the right spot and lock-on to its target. (Typically with digital cameras set to Auto, holding the exposure button down half-way down will activate the auto focus so that when you are ready you simply push the button fully down to take a picture)

 For long-exposure shots try using a tripod if you can or otherwise stabilizing the camera.

4. Poor Framing

Try to frame pictures to include the tops of heads and feet unless you are doing it for effect. 

If you severe a portion of the subject from your picture it can’t be put back later. Remember you can always crop it later if you think it improves the image.

5. Dirty Lens

Make a habit of checking your camera lens and cleaning your lens before shooting pictures. 

Also make sure to take care in how you handle your lens, to not scratch it with abrasive clothes.

6.  Glare

Sometimes by simply moving your camera to a different spot you can avoid unwanted glare from light sources and reflections. 

Using a UV filter is a good idea to remove unwanted glare from your pictures. A polarizing filter gives you different settings with which you can selectively remove or add glare for effect.

7. Dead Battery

Buy extra batteries and bring them with you. 

Remember to charge up your rechargeable batteries before you plan on using your camera; doing this the night before going on a photo-taking trip is smart. 

Having a rechargeable battery charged up pays off every time your camera is ready to use when you need it.

8. Out Of Memory

Being prepared means bringing all the necessary equipment,  memory cards. When shooting digital pictures being aware of the resolution you are shooting at is also important. 

Shooting at the highest available quality setting can use a lot of memory so that you run out of memory too fast.

Higher resolution pictures also take up more memory to back up and take longer to upload.

 If you are just posting some snap shots on Facebook you probably don’t need the highest settings. 

If you are printing or blowing up your pictures you may need the highest settings available. So, it all depends on what you are using the pictures for.

  “Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer - and often the supreme disappointment. ”
Ansel Adams

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