Sunday, May 21, 2017

Black and White Photography Tips


Some pictures can look good in color.... and also in black and white.  I like this old schoolhouse in color, but I thought it might also do well in black and white.... so I turned it to black and white, added a bit more shadow and put a small bit of vignette around it.  I like it. 

This can work also if you want to make a picture look older.... or if you just like the black and white.



 TIP- A picture with lights and darks in it may work well as a black and white picture. Experiment and see if you like it.... remember to make a copy of the picture first by pushing "file" at the top of the page and also "save a copy" so that you can save the original.




 This was a foggy day at the cemetery. I liked this picture, but I think I like the black and white even better.





















 This path looks interesting... and we did enjoy walking it....  What about in black and white?  Yes, this one works too.



 TIP- Adding a light colored vignette to the outside of the black and white picture can add greatly to the changes. It also aims the focus of the viewer toward the path. 
































Another path with really tall trees and the older gentleman walking on the path. Seems like a good possibility for black and white.

















Sometimes it doesn't take much to make a picture look so very different. I really like color pictures, but sometimes a black and white looks very interesting and can even pull out details it is easy to miss with color.




I love this picture in color... this was a special romantic hairstyle and lace dress for my daughter. 
 A Romantic Hairstyle and Lace Dress

The pale pink of the dress is so feminine and pretty. Still, I thought I would try black and white... 
I do like both of them... for different reasons. 

I hope you are enjoying photography..... and experimenting.... and learning as you have fun.  :) 

   Thank you for visiting... I hope you have a great week!




 Photography Tips Series:

Tea... and Photography Tips?

A Killdeer... and Photography Tips

A Tree's Best Side Photography Tips

Clouds... and Photography Tips



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Sunday, May 14, 2017

A Humorous Look at... Photo Shoots!

What IS a photo shoot anyway? Whether you are a professional photographer or a hobbyist, photography is wonderful.... and fun. If you live with a photographer, you know things can be interrupted by the "need" to take a "quick" picture! Either way, I hope you will enjoy this humorous look at Photo Shoots.  :)








I love how this turtle looks like he is laughing... it fits with taking a humorous look at photo shoots. :)












Trees, clouds and birds
  We're going on a photo shoot!      
                                           Juvenile Cooper Hawk



Smooth waters and images reflected
  We're on a photo shoot!
                     A Few of My Favorite Things



See a squirrel, deer or hawk?
  It's a photo shoot!


 In the Life of a Squirrel







Cook food for blog post...

  Gotta do a photo shoot.




  Hearty Meatloaf Burgers!
Flowers, buildings, trees in bloom?
  We do a photo shoot.




A walk in the park or woods....
  For a photo shoot.



Have extra time and beautiful scenery....
  Why not do a photo shoot?





Bridges, tunnels, sunsets....
  All good for a photo shoot!





Angles, lighting and backgrounds...
  Considerations for a photo shoot.



Interesting oddities or old barns....
  Another photo shoot!






Keep a camera ever handy....
  We may see something for a photo shoot!






Husband says "Can't we just walk?"
  Couple walk means no photo shoot.















Mentally record beauty and sunset on such walk...
  Because relationship time better without photo shoot.












Husband read this, then we went for a walk...
  He said, "Grab your camera.... you might do a photo shoot!"  

 Clouds... and Photography Tips






Husband and I laugh as he points out something and says....
  There, Honey, there's something for your photo shoot!



 Thank you for visiting... I hope you are enjoying your own photo shoots!  We are really enjoying ours. 

 By the way, I would love to hear if you can relate in some way to any of this... please let me know in the comments.
I don't think it happens only in my home. :)




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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Clouds... and Photography Tips










 Clouds... we see them often ..... many times we just ignore them or don't even notice them. Maybe we think all clouds are the same... and are ... boring. 

I like watching clouds... they are so interesting to me. They change fast and often.











 Some clouds are light and fluffy... almost happy-looking, as they float across the sky.










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TIP
Sometimes clouds will look a bit "washed out" and that can be because of the lighting...  the relationship of the sun to the clouds can affect it. Sometimes if you turn to a different angle, the picture may be better.
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 Some are colored by a sunrise or sunset.  Sometimes there are many different kinds of clouds in the sky at the same time.  I like to take pictures of them... and I have been amazed that I still see cloud pictures that are different after all of the hundreds (thousands?) of cloud pictures I have taken.





Some cloud formations can indicate a change in the weather or bad weather coming.










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TIP
Sometimes cloud pictures can be even more interesting with another object in the picture... like this tower, or power lines, an airplane, a road, a tree or other.
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TIP
Sometimes you can find a reflection of clouds which can make for a fun or beautiful picture.... like the puddle, windows or water.
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 These look like pictures on a wall, but they are reflections of clouds in the windows of the library. I liked how it looked and was glad I had taken the picture.













 This was a very large window in a barn... and I liked the clouds outside the window... it added a bit of variety to the cloud pictures.















 I liked this rippled picture on the water surface... the clouds and the trees.
















 This picture below is one of my favorites! I love the dark ominous sky over the sunlit old schoolhouse. It shows an interesting contrast of colors and of weather.

 


God has made so many different clouds and I love to photograph them...   I hope the tips have been helpful and I hope you are enjoying your photography and learning as you go. Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a great week.  :) 


Other Posts in the Photography Tips Series:

Tea... and Photography Tips????      


A Killdeer... and Photography Tips
                                                      

A Tree's Best Side.. and Photography Tips
                                                        






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Sunday, April 30, 2017

A Tree's "Best Side"... Photography Tips




There are so many photography tips... and I wanted to share a few again. This post has many pictures that are all various views of the SAME tree!  :)

Can it really make a difference? A picture of a tree is just a picture, right? No.... there is a lot of difference. Keep reading and looking at the pictures to see why.











 In this post, every picture... is of the same tree!  The pictures are of the same tree from various sides and angles.

The tree doesn't look like much in this picture... boring.... and the color isn't good.
 










 The tree from another angle... the water looks okay, but the color is washed out of the picture overall.














 Another view... color is better in the sky and water... but the tree isn't great and overall it's not a great picture.

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TIP
Take pictures of an object or scene from different angles and sides. Though the object can look boring from one angle, it may be great from a different angle.
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Another blah photo.




















This is the view from the other side... looks different... and it's okay... but not what I wanted.
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TIP
Some of the pictures that don't work for THE picture you want... may have a part that would be wonderful if you cropped it down. These are great pictures to "play" with. Crop them down, change to black and white or just experiment. You may find a winner... and you will probably learn something new.
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This is the same picture... but I added a little more fill light and a few shadows. The color looks natural for what we saw that day (it was a beautiful day for pictures), and the "ho-hum" picture from above now is more interesting. 











Again, there is the same picture, but I changed it to black and white and added a few shadows. This picture is not one I would use and I don't like it. Sometimes a black and white photo can be amazing though, so it can be fun to try it.









This was the same picture as the three above, but this time, I made a copy and cropped as I explained in: 

A Killdeer... and Photography Tips 


Sometimes, you can come up with a nice picture... this time,  the picture is okay, but I won't use it other than here as an example.  




This photo is really blurry.... my camera messed up for a while and I didn't notice. Sad because I have a lot of photos I would have liked except they are so blurry. It's hard to see the screen for the camera when out in the sun,  so I didn't notice. Also, the picture was crisp and clear until I hit the shutter button then it blurred, so I didn't catch it until after I had taken several.









 This picture is interesting, but not what I wanted overall. There are things I like about it.. the reflection, lily pads, greens in the water, blue water, leaves hanging down, etc.... so I may use it in some way.














 This was a good one.... but I still took another one and changed it slightly.  The next one is the best one. These 2 photos are very similar, but the second one is better. 

Notice that the metal and the sticks on the right side of the first picture are not in the second one.







 This photo is pretty much untouched... just a tiny bit of shadow added... it was worth taking so many pictures to get this one. 

You can tell that the angle in this one is better for the reflection and the lily pads. It is also better to have the extra line of blue water in this picture that shows on the other side of the walkway. Overall it is a much better picture. 

I really like the curved trunk of the tree and then the reflection that makes it like a half circle. A graceful arc and lots of interest in the picture. 

I hope these tips have been helpful. Remember to take LOTS of pictures so that you have more to choose from... you may have to throw some out, but there may be some good or great ones in there too.  :)  Thank you for visiting.... I love to read your comments.... I hope you have a great week. 


Other posts in this Photography Tips series, include: 

Tea... and Photography Tips?????


A Killdeer... and Photography Tips





 "Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah."  Psalm 68:19

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