Monday, June 26, 2006

Are You a Photographer?

What does it take to be a photographer? While going to school to learn photography is the best possible way to start, not everyone has that option. How do you learn the basics? There are a number of very good books to walk you through composition, lighting and exposure. While learning the basics is imperative, practice is the best way to put those basics to the test. So what kind of camera do you need? There are many type of cameras to choose from. If you are just starting out, a digital camera is your best bet. It is definately more cost effective than film.

Once you have your camera in hand, go ahead and take some pictures. Take more than one of the same shot. At first, you don't need to worry so much about composition. You will begin to know what you need to do to get a better picture. That is the beauty of digital photography. You can delete the pictures you don't like.

Notice the background. You don't want a portrait of someone with a stick coming out of their head. Is there too much sky or ground? Does the background distract your eye from the subject? A plain background or one that is out of focus is best. Move in close to your subject and fill the frame. This will make your shot look more professional and less like a snap-shot.

If you are really interested in improving your skills, try looking at other people's photos. You might even try joining a group that allows other photographers to comment on your pictures.
So, what are you waiting for?

Saturday, June 24, 2006


The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Eleanore Roosevelt

Wednesday, June 21, 2006


I have been taking pictures since high school and still love it as much as ever. Iwas fortunate to have a wonderful teacher who allowed students to work at their own pace. That pace was full steam ahead for some of us. He would give us a pass for the day to get out of class and take pictures. All that was required from us was a roll of artistically exposed film. Of course a few of us were afforded a drivers license and the family car and were always willing to take everyone that could fit in it. One student photographer happened to own a full size van. When she drove, half the class could go.
We brought back wonderful landscapes and and many photographs of each other. Little did we know that these field trips would fuel our passion for photography for the rest of our lives. Have you ever had a teacher who changed your life? Tell me about it.