Monday, October 13, 2008

photo tip #1

I'm definitely no photography expert, I just take a whole lot of photos. I get questions occasionally about how I got certain shots so I thought I'd try to share what little tips I can. Hopefully encourage some of you in your photo taking -and I'd love to see your results!
My sister, Christie asked about the blurry look of the photo from this post. I'm assuming you were referring to the background in the shot of the Chinese lantern-like seed pods? (Amazing aren't they? I really want to find out what they are.)
That blurry background is the result of a large aperture or shallow depth of field. I could try to explain it in detail but I would probably not do it very well and recently, this wonderful site has had some great, simple tips for macro photography. I'm thinking of this post in particular. Go there and it will all be made clear in words you will understand! The Pioneer Woman has gorgeous photos every day that even a non-photographer will appreciate.
So, basically, my photo tip #1 for you today is to go get some photo tips from a true expert!
Also, don't think you have to have a fancy schmancy camera to take great photos. Until about six months ago I took all my pictures with my trusty little Sony Cybershot. I remember showing up at my friend Barb's house to take Christmas pictures of her kids and she looked at my camera and said, "You take all your pictures with that?!" You have to start somewhere! I'm happy to say that I had the opportunity to take more pictures of Barb's kids last week with a much better camera as you can see from the last post. More flowers to come this week!


  1. I agree. There are plenty of good sites online to read up on - Pioneer Woman is great, and so is this website:

    Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson is a good book I got from the library earlier this year.

    And then just practice a lot!

  2. I'm so sorry I sounded like such a camera snob! I was just in amazement that you could have a regular camera like me & produce the pictures that you do with that one. I then realized that there was no hope for me at that point! While you have a great camera what you really have is a gift for photography! thank you for the beautiful shots of Maggie!


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