I LOVE TAKING PICTURES…..
I LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY
I used to want to be a photographer for National Geographic Magazine.
I have loved taking pictures since before…well before EVERYONE took pictures.
Before there were cameras in phones and before there were phones without cords…
I LOVE FREEZING TIME…CAPTURING MOMENTS…
I miss 35mm FILM but I Love that Digital has made
But it will always be more than JUST taking a picture to me.
After millions of photos I think it is safe to say that I will never tire
of the light and the angles,
the stories and
the shots that take your breath away.
|Charlie and his piggie…
Like SO MANY OF THE THINGS I DO AND LOVE DOING…
I taught myself Photography.
By taking photos of my children…and my pets.
I have taken a number of classes…
but everything I have LEARNED..
…has been CAUGHT not TAUGHT
I caught the drift of photography by taking many many bad photos.
too dark, too blurry, to boring…too posed…and
I STILL take bad photos….but I LOVE the process.
The QUEST. Maybe I am a gambler…
I in no way consider myself an expert or even a really gifted photographer…
but I LOVE the ART of photography
and THAT my friends is why I take pictures.
Bean has discovered this stool which sits right by the window…he LIVES for a sun bath…and follows the sun around the house all day…soaking in the warmth
I still Have to look up my cliffnote instructions for using the f-stop and the aperture …STILL
so HERE I will simply tell you my 5 VERY BASIC STEPS to getting the best pictures you can…on just your
AUTO setting. no reflectors, nothing fancy..just YOU and your camera…on AUTO.
HERE are my 5 STEPS
TO GETTING GOOD PICTURES OF YOUR PETS
1. GOOD LIGHTING –
THE FIRST thing I do when I teach basic photography to kids and I have them all turn off their flash.
It is easy…you find this icon:
…..your camera directions will help, but usually you press on this symbol and some choices will come up…choose this one: now your flash is off!
DASH – WITH FLASH
DASH WITHOUT FLASH
Next, I teach them the kids to find the good light.
YOU know your home better than anyone…is there a particular spot that every time you pass it, looks beautiful, bathed in sunlight….a a certain time of day? Even on a yucky day? If so, USE that spot…
case in point…I TOOK PHOTOS of the graduating 5th graders at our elementary school for 5 years, each student…that is a lot of kids, and EVERY single time I took the pictures …i had them sit in the same spot at the same time of day on a sunny day….because it is a WIN WIN spot!!!…Under a shady tree but with sun shining through…the kids get pretty sunshine on their hair..and the pictures are always great!!…
|In my home, at certain time of day…EACH DAY….the sun shines through our front door and makes for very pretty shots….
FIND YOUR LIGHT!!!
You can also us a tripod and do even more with the settings on your camera to
“capture” and hold onto light…but again…we are doing BASIC stuff here.
2. CAPTURE A MOMENT –
MUCH OF TAKING PHOTOS OF PETS IS HIT AND MISS…THEY SEEM TO MOVE JUST AS YOU GRAB YOUR CAMERA…MAKING THOSE SHOTS YOU DO GET EVEN MORE PRECIOUS!
GUS jumped down the second I took this photo
DASH was always on the move…
Yes, yes, this is what it all is about right? Well, then why are we constantly setting our pets and children and ourselves up to fail by STAGING our photos? Pets are best caught running, climbing, jumping and just being themselves….
TIDBIT – and this goes for ALL of your photos, home, pets, children..you DO NOT have to get the whole subject in the photo…I challenge you to go look in a magazine…RARELY is an entire person, or animal or room in the photographs…you FEEL like they are…because the photos allow you to fill in the blanks…but when you really look, much is left to the imagination…and the photos are beautiful!
|This picture of me carrying Charlie like a baby was taken by a 3rd grader!!! It caught the moment of me and my “4rth child” so perfect…we could not have planned it…just be ready..because LIFE is ALWAYS happening…
…AND WHO SAYS THEY ALL HAVE TO BE CLOSE-UP …..
CHARLIE TAKING A DIP
3. ADD A KID – lets face it, kids and dogs or bunnies, kitties, or horses…go VERY well together…CUTE squared…..BIG KID, LITTLE KID, NEWBORN…IT IS A WIN WIN!
J. Otte Photography / jottephotography.com
TATE AND BEAN
Marisa Matluck Photography / marisamatluck.com#0
SWEET GUSSY and PHOEBE
4. LET SLEEPING DOGS (AND CATS AND KIDS) – SLEEP!
They do not have to be AWAKE !!! How is it that our pets (AND BABIES) can make sleep look intoxicatingLY delicious???Get out your camera…catch it….but shhhhh…they wake up easily and the moment is gone….