So you’ve gone on a big trip of a lifetime, brought home thousands of images.
Turns out the ones that you want to print and hang on the wall, or that your friends and family want to see are not the ones you expected. (more…)
Unless you take control, when your camera looks at a bright snowy frame, it thinks – whoa! That’s too bright! I need to darken it down!
And so it does, making your snow turn out gray.
Fix this problem on phone shots by touching the screen to set your focus, and looking for the little sun or light bulb on a line beside or below the focus square. Use your finger to slide up or down on the line to increase exposure until the snow is white, then shoot away.
It’s more complicated on a regular camera – you need to understand how to control the exposure using ISO, shutter speed and/or aperture – let me know if you want help on that.
Spring is surely a glorious time for photography – everywhere you look there are amazing things happening!
I recently went on a shoot with a group of mostly amateur photographers to one of my favorite places to shoot here in Portland – Hippo Hardware. This eclectic collection of vintage hardware, lighting, plumbing supplies and paraphernalia is a photographer’s delight.
I was careful to charge my battery, even had a spare, but somehow I neglected to check if I had a media card in the camera, which, in fact, I did not.
Instead of pretending that I intended to shoot with my phone all along, I made the mistake of asking if anyone had a spare card. There were downward glances and looks of disbelief until finally someone quietly gasped – ‘You’re a professional’.
In fact, I know other pros who have made these kinds of mistakes (we are human after all, and some of us sinking quickly into the more forgetful phase of our lives) but still – Ouch.
I’ve taught many classes for beginning photographers that include my ‘Out the Door Checklist’:
Lesson learned to practice what I preach!
I did manage to get some fun shots with my phone, so saved a bit of my integrity!
About 100 miles east of Portland on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge is a Stonehenge replica build by a character named Sam Hill as a war memorial in connection with his elaborate mansion Maryhill.
The setting was perfect for a gathering of a group of nine semi-masochistic women photographers from the Women Learning Photography Together Meetup group, led by the inimitable Rebecca Evans and Dawn Baker, assisted by their minions Pat Dickerson and Val Drake to do light painting, and the ever popular steel wool spinning.
Although bundled in many layers, the newbies were ever so grateful for the generous sharing of hand warmers – it was hard enough to work the camera controls in the dark, but the compounding of not being able to feel the buttons made it especially challenging.
We had the place to ourselves. After quickly setting up tripods facing the altar slab, Dawn placed a small light on the altar for us to auto-focus on in the dark, then we switched to manual focus. Tests were run on various ISO/shutter speed/aperture settings, and then the fun began.
First, steel wool spinning. A gob of fine grade steel wool is stuffed into a common kitchen wire whisk which is attached to a dog leash. The designated spinner (wearing a fireproof jacket) clambers up onto the altar rock, lights the steel wool on fire and starts spinning it like a whirling dervish – in front, around, over her head. Sparks fly! Cameras click – most running for 20 – 30 seconds. On playback, the cold air is filled with squeals and oohs and ahhhs.
Again! Again! We all beg like 5 year olds…
A few more steel-woolies, then the light sticks – crazy combinations of flashlights and long colored plastic crayons recently garnered from the dollar store. Rebecca swirls and spins them across the grounds as cameras silently record the antics.
A few more plays with light on the stones and the trees, and the lightweights of us head home, leaving behind the diehards to dream up more ways to capture light and take our breath away.
I’ve expanded my horizons (literally) thanks to a new tool I’ve discovered to replace the troublesome Skype.
This new tool does NOT require students to have an account or do elaborate setup – I just send a link, a few clicks and I’m seeing your screen – like sitting next to you! I can take your mouse if I need to, and, get this – we can record the session for you to watch again later! Wow.
I’ve used this with several non-computer savvy students, works like a charm!
Sessions are $30/half hour with a half hour minimum. Fee includes a recording of the session if requested.
In the spring of 2011, my husband and I took a 5 week trip to SE Asia. Now some women agonize over what clothes and jewelry to take. I, on the other hand, agonize over what technology to take! Specifically, which camera, what computer, and what about our phones? (more…)
What an amazing trip we had!
It started with my son Brit going to Bangkok to teach English, and, of course, I had to go see him! That little visit morphed into a month long trip touring Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Viet Nam. I’m in the process of processing the photos and videos into something digestible – but here are a few to whet your appetite! (more…)