I enrolled into a little photography course to help get my inspiration bubbling away again.
I think it did the trick 🙂
Last night we got to photograph some models against a stunning Fremantle sunset. It was a great experience (albeit a little rushed).
Even with all the equipment, I'm still a sucker for a nice sunset silhouette
So what was the most important out take from the course? Well, I suppose I have a few to mention:
1. The camera only sees grey. Use a grey card to determine correct exposure.
2. The background is your first consideration. Get this right and use intervention (lighting, mirrors, umbrellas, fill-flash) to correctly capture your subject and get the perfect photographic harmony.
3. Always shoot in RAW (well, if the photo is important to you that is).
4. Never shoot a horizon through the upper half of a subject (model).
5. Photography is like cooking toast. If you usually cook your toast in 2 mins at 200 degrees, but you wish to have it ready in 1 minute instead, then you need to cook it at 4oo degrees.
Most of all, I left inspired thinking about image creation and how powerful/easy/accessible/creative it is in this day and age. You really can create that image that you have in your head if you devote the time to the camera and most importantly, the creative tools.
I love these photos from a wedding shoot by Emma Sharkey.
Blue sky, fluffy clouds, showtime atmosphere, colour, love and freakin’ chair swings! Sublime…
Beauty can be found in the small things. Things that we take for granted, or more often, things that we simply don’t stop to notice. With my life being a rat race of late and the final weeks of the year quickly slipping through my fingers, I took some time to reflect back on my catalogue of photos from 2010.
In doing so, it made me remember that there was a time when I enjoyed life at a slower pace. Where I admired the world around me in slow, sweeping steps and I took the time to photograph the little things.
Here are some photographs that I took at some stage this year and have since edited.
I’ve always believed that simple is truly beautiful. But now it rings true more than ever…
My wow photo for the day…
I wish I had a tilt-shift lens. It’s certainly near the top of the “wish list”!
A tilt-shift lens allows the photographer very exacting control over the depth-of-field in an image, much more than any regular lens could provide. Focus can be restricted to a single, narrow band, with everything else rapidly blurring away. This distorts the appearance and makes the eye think that distances are a lot smaller than they typically are. When applied to a large scene like a city or a museum, everything appears miniature.
I hope that our wedding photographers will have one. Surely between the two of them they will (fingers crossed!) Ah, yes of course you can fake it in Photoshop, but I much prefer the real deal.
Here are some cool tilt-shift wedding photos that I’ve seen…
So simple yet stunning
Gorgeous colours. Sayher Heffernan takes beautiful photographs.
I’m loving Carl Zoch’s photography. Very creative and lots of tilt-shift action!
I love the feeling of movement that the lens achieves in the two images above.
I took my four legged friend to our favourite, old park the other day. I wonder if he remembers it at all.
What I love most about the park is the tall pine trees. There’s several in a line that form a pine tree corridor and I love walking through it. Makes me feel like I could be somewhere else, like New Zealand or Canada, minus the cold temp. The textured patterns on the tree trunks are amazing!
Here’s some pics.
I wish we still lived nearby.
I am wrapped to say that I have found our wedding photographer(s).
I was getting a bit worried to be honest. After a bit of searching I just wasn’t sure that I’d find someone who had the right creative flair and was located close to or within Thailand.
And it wasn’t until I actually did a search using the new Google Blog Search that I came across these guys.
(It’s amazing what you can find using the blog search rather than Google search!)
The business is called Eden Images, formed by two photographers who specialise in destination weddings – specifically Asia. Hooray! Their photos are breathtaking, so I am very happy to have found them.
They’re also shooting a wedding on Koh Samui in March, so I’ll be super keen to see how those shots turn out.
Where did the month go? It just went “zoom, zoom, zoom!”
It’s that time again where I reflect on the past month’s photo journey and select the five that I like the most. Here they are:
Because the blossoms are beautiful and I love the colours of the flowers against the sun and sky
I like the simplicity of silhouettes and purple sky
It's a memorable moment to see a stunning rainbow. I also like the tree in the composition
When I look at this photo I'm taken back to the moment. So gentle and peaceful
I like that I can see the soft threads and the glow of the sunlight. Summer is on its way