Our photo assignment for this month was “New Perspectives”. When looking for interesting images to photograph, it is important to realize that the best shots are not always in front of you. They are often behind you, to the side, or over your head. So to help hone their photographer’s eye, we asked our members to take pictures from unusual angles or perspectives, e.g., different vantage points; shooting from below or underneath a subject; shooting from above or on top of a subject; shooting from behind instead of head-on; shooting from ground level; etc.. In other words, just go out there, be observant and be creative. We think you will agree that they came up with some very interesting results.
This month, our members were asked to submit photos that were NOT taken on Skidaway Island. They were told to look for interesting, different and creative images; images that told a story. So, from the north side of the Skidaway Bridge to Cambodia, we think you’ll agree that our members did capture some wonderful images “across the bridge”.
This month’s assignment was to submit a photo that either tells a story or for which there is an interesting story about how the photo came to be taken. I think you’ll agree that our members’ photos tell some very interesting stories…
Talk about a late entry! Sorry! In March, I presented a program on being a bit “creative” with not just photography, but even the equipment used. As an example, I took the finial off of a table lamp and screwed my camera to the top of the lamp. Voila! It becomes a makeshift tripod. Try dazzling family at the next get-together with that little trick when it’s time for the group photo on a timer, so you can get in the action as well!
I also demonstrated some examples of what can be done with photoshop for those who like to experiment. Rather than me reiterating the session, just do a search for Photoshop levitation photography, or cleaning up unwanted items from travel photography.
And we discussed making bokeh shapes using cutouts placed over your lens. Again, that is a technique that takes some practice, but if you are looking for a challenge over the summer, it’s rather fun.
A bit more low tech is adding saran wrap to your lens that is then completely or partially smeared with petroleum jelly. Makes quite an impact and you can get different results with variations. Overall, just experiment and let your camera guide you! Try taking a photo of reflections in water puddles, through bubbles, of shadow shapes…… just play! Thank you to the few who took on the challenge for a photo assignment of “playing” with your camera! Linda
Thanks to everyone in the club who continues to keep us posted about great articles and online sites! There is no end to what we can learn by looking for information from that mysterious place known as “the web”!
A few places that I would suggest you check out are listed here:
Scott Kelby is a leading professional educational photographer and this site is full of tutorials that can be purchased one at a time or in packages. I believe there is even a “try it for free” offer. If you ever want to learn more on Lightroom, Photoshop, or just plain digital photography/videography, you can find a tutorial here.
Remember also to check out YouTube! Anyone can place videos there and you will find many on just about any topic you are interested in, and some you probably would never have dreamed of…… for free. There are more out there! Just do a search one day on digital photography websites and you will find a big list. Some are great, some not so much, but you WILL find one that answers any question you might have! Happy searching!
Shari Zellers from MyPhotopipe in Atlanta was our speaker. She is also an award winning photographer in her own right, but for MyPhotopipe, wears a number of hats, mostly working with professionals and consumers over the phone to answer all questions for the best way to get what’s on your camera/computer into print.
She spoke about the importance of monitor calibration so that the color on your monitor matches what you get back from the lab. She supplied attendees with a calibration sheet and the Myphotopipe.com website explains how to do do the process.
Based on what we learned in Shari’s presentation, Linda & Sheila have purchased (with your dues money) a Datacolor Spyder5 Express monitor calibration tool that will soon be available FOR LOAN to club members who wish to try calibrating their monitors.
Shari also gave out sample packs of the different papers they offer. If you didn’t attend the meeting, the sample packs are available free through the company. And there were discount coupons! You can contact Shari through the website above or by calling 800-838-3146 or 404-881-3855.
While this sounds a bit like a meeting based on promoting a professional photo lab, it’s one of only a handful of companies that fits the mold of one that works with pros and hobbyists without distinction. It’s worth knowing what that kind of photo lab can do for you. Shari suggests that if you use their service and have and questions, you should call and mention that she spoke at our club to give her a reference and she will give you personal attention. She does so anyway, but she likes to hear from places where she has spoken.