What’s your treasure? Perhaps you found a coat at the thrift store like the one your grandfather wore, or took a once-in-a-lifetime trip through the Himalaya. Maybe you treasure your children, or your cat, or a quiet space in the woods. Show us an image that represents a treasure to you.
Tip: Get close to your subject — either use the zoom function in your camera, if it has one, or physically move closer to it.
Two things to be happy about…hmm that’s not hard though I hardly consider them things… Sky & Zulu the two pups who manage to control my unlimited devotion!!
Do you prefer ketchup or mustard or mayonnaise?
Mayonnaise is the only condiment I would consider of the three listed. I don’t usually eat hamburgers or fries but when I do it’s Mayo as the condiment and it must be a cheeseburger.
If you were to paint a picture of your childhood, what colors would you use?
Blue for the sun and ocean and yellow and green for the sky and sun. Growing up in the tropical paradise of Grenada was lush and beautiful and as memories go drowns out any potential negative memories.
Do you prefer a bath or shower?
Shower –absolutely. A bath takes too long and wastes too much water. There are occasions when I think a bath might be nice …but a fleeting thought. Even soaking in a hot tub is a stretch for me .. hard to take that much time to relax!!
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I’m grateful to say I was finally able to enjoy taking my pups to the beach for the first time in three years. I’ve been recovering from a tendon transfer surgery in my ankle which was to fix a problem I’ve had for 3 years. Walking has been a challenge and slow to return to normal. Walking barefoot on the sand was bearable and I am with the help of my pups again finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel!
I am looking forward to more therapy next week! More walking on the beach with the pups, Sky & Zulu.
Today, snap a picture of a landscape. Focus on the gestalt — the entire setting as a whole, …— rather than a specific subject or focal point within the scene. The setting itself is the star.
I decided to use a panoramic shot for my landscape and then crop it down to be the actual desired image. See the cropped image below.
Tip: Ready to do some basic image editing? After your shooting session, sift through your landscapes and find one that needs cropping. (You can look back to previous shots from the course, too.) Look out for:
Stray objects in the background, near the frame’s edges and corners.
People around the perimeter of the frame that might have “photo-bombed” your picture.
A foreground or background that is too prominent or “heavy.”
A composition that is too-centered, with your subject right in the middle, that might benefit from cropping along two sides (in other words, cropping to the Rule of Thirds).
Today, play with scale: you can use anything and everything to help convey size in your image, from your Chihuahua to your Mini Cooper, to an aerial view or perspective from a penthouse floor.
Tip: Don’t just point and shoot. Observe your scene closely before pressing the shutter, considering how all the elements in the frame interact with your subject, and how all objects in your foreground and background relate to one another. Make an object appear larger through a ground-level POV. Place two things side by side in an unexpected way. Surprise us!
Experiment with panning: pan your camera across your scene while following your moving subject. It takes practice, but if done right you can produce images with clear subjects against blurred backgrounds.
Today’s Tip: As we explored yesterday, color is a powerful element in photography. But let’s not forget black and white, or monochrome, which can be very dramatic! Black, white, gray, and shades in between interact in the frame in dynamic ways.
When we talk about monochrome in photography, we’re referring to images developed or executed in black and white or in varying tones of only one color.
Train your eye to look for architectural elements that translate in black and white: sharp lines and patterns, defined shapes, large surface areas, and a mix of very light and very dark colors.