Thursday, April 11, 2013

New mini-series? You decide. {photography tricks}

I thought it might be fun today to explore a little bit of photography. Two years ago when I started this blog I had no idea that I was going to have to try and grow my photography skills & how hard it would be for me to "learn" how to take pictures. I literally had never picked up a real camera in my life and this is coming from someone who was a yearbook editor. I am surprised as to how many emails I get asking me questions related to photography and the truth is, I don't know anything...I only know what works for me. So I thought it might be fun to explore a few tricks I have picked up that help me to take a good photograph over the next few weeks...starting with today which is PERSPECTIVE.

A lot of time we just snap a shot to capture a moment without giving much thought as to the angle of the picture and how it can completely change the way it looks post editing. I have figured out that if I climb on a ladder, lay down on the ground, bend into crazy positions (Cirque du Soleil) style you can capture some pretty amazing action photos. I often do this when photographing my own little shorty...I love being able to be down on his level and gain his perspective in my image.

Sometimes when focusing on too large of a picture or group, I feel like I lose the beauty of what I am truly trying to capture. I found if I tend to focus on a smaller portion of the overall picture, it translates more successfully. Here is a perfect example.

I also feel like in order to make my photos look differently than everyone else's I have to shoot it from a different "perspective" which may mean thinking about the way I see it in person and how I can manipulate that. Here are two examples where I have taken an image and I either change my focus or where I am standing in order to make it look a tad different than it actually appears. This makes the image look more visually interesting.

I wanted to make it look like I was right next to the Giraffe instead of taking a picture of him at the zoo. By shifting my body and focusing in and squatting down, I was able to make it look like I was closer.

I use this method no matter if I am capturing Oliver in a photo, a flower, or an exhibit at the zoo. I am always challenging myself to see how I can change the way I capture an image pre-editing. It makes magic for me post editing.

**So what do you guys think? Do you want me to keep giving tips and tricks as to what I have learned with taking photos, editing them etc?? If so give me a shout so I know to keep this mini-series going.** 

I hope you all have a great day!!!


  1. Loved this post! I think you take really great photos and would love if you would continue writing posts about various aspects of photography, especially editing. Thanks!

  2. YES!!! Please more tips and tricks!

  3. Yes, please! I just got a new canon rebel t4i for Christmas and I need to learn some stuff!!!! yay!
    xo, Kayleigh

  4. Do you want me to keep giving tips and tricks as to what I have learned with taking photos, editing them etc? Yes, please - that would be awesome!

  5. Yes! You take amazing photos!

  6. I agree! I love the photos you post and am always looking for unique tips on taking good pictures!

  7. Thanks guys and I hear ya!!! Ill start working more posts in about photography!!! I love getting feedback from you all! Xoxo

  8. i love all these photo tips! I am trying to get better at my photography skilss!


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