So I thought I'd keep you all posted on my progress in my online photography class at Simplicity--my life in mostly photographs. Just finished week 3, which focused on cropping, and as an exciting bonus, my mom just signed me up for the next eclass which starts in May as an early birthday present! I am really excited to learn the nitty gritty details of my camera; I hate being self-taught and just winging it. But anyway, back to week 3.
First I had to take a photo keeping the rule of thirds in mind; if you are unfamiliar with the rule of thirds, here is a great explanation from the Digital Photography School (a website and newsletter I love). These photos had to be SOOC (no editing), so I couldn't crop them later, which was surprisingly frustrating for me. I had to to submit two photos of inanimate objects (better for practicing than squirrely children), one detail shot and one with negative space (DPS explanation here). Here's what I came up with:
I made this one black and white because I really liked the lighting and felt like the colors were distracting. I also made it sharper and tighter.
I didn't change too much in this one, except alter the white balance and crop it so that his eye was on the intersection of the "rule of thirds" lines. Looking at it now, I think I kind of like the first one better. Oh, well. I really struggled editing those because some colors were so vibrant but I didn't want to oversaturate Jax. I don't know how to use my adjustment brush and only edit certain parts of my photo and I think I played it too safe. As Jaime pointed out, I also wish I hadn't cut his ear off, but his left hand actually was resting on my leg, so I was pretty close to him and couldn't get the bigger picture, if you will. I'm pretty happy with both of them, really. I had really positive feedback; she liked the exposure and "story" behind Jax's photo, although she wished his hand was in better focus. And she really liked the edit of Em's final photo. So, hooray! Kudos all around!
So I'm down to my final week of this class, and have I started my assignments? Nope, nope, nope. I think I have one for the second assignment--I had it in mind at Em's birthday party on Sunday--and I'm praying for good weather this weekend for my final portraits. Fingers crossed for spring to finally be here to stay in Vermont!
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Me, my silly hubby, and my baby girl, celebrating her birthday
I don't know why, but I really like this photo! I love little girl ruffle butts, and I like the playground apparatus. It really is an "anything" shot!
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Thanks for letting me take some time off, everyone. I feel rejuventated and ready to give this blog my 100% attention again. I needed that little time out.