Thursday, 29 November 2018

Photography Course

I'm doing an online photography course at the moment with Steve Parish.

I've long been a fan of his work - photos and books - and this course is making me more of a fan, and inspired by him, not just what he produces.

This is an online masterclass run through Griffith University, and the things I've learned are blowing my mind! Not just about taking photos, or camera gear, or even post-production editing. The things that have been most amazing are the less tangible, more personal, things. He's questioning why we take photos, what we want to do with them, do we have a creative purpose in our life?

It's been such an incredible course. Not only am I taking better photos, thinking more about little things like backgrounds, lighting, etc, but now I'm also thinking about "how will I use this image?"

I took some photos for a local business for them to use in their promotional posts online. I would never have done something like that without doing this photography course - or if I did, I would not have taken the photos that I did or the way I took them.

I'm also sorting my old photos. Adding keywords. Thinking about how they might be used. Wondering if they're good enough for others to see, or if they're just to create a memory for me.

Yes, I need to write, but I also need a hobby to refill the well, and sometimes I need to learn more to stretch my brain so I can write differently.

Have you done any courses lately?

Friday, 9 November 2018

Photos - angles and perspectives

Taken from above
I used birds in my backyard for this week's play with angles and perspectives. And I tempted them with see so they'd put up with my crawling around and being crazy!

I usually snap a bird shot whenever and however I can because they rarely stay still long enough for me to fuss and bother!

But when they're being fed, it gives you more time to play.

Taken from on the ground
I think I get a much better photo from being at the same level as the bird, for each of these shots.

The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo seems to be staring more directly at the camera when I'm on its level, and there seems to be more of a connection between the bird and the photo.

With the Rainbow Lorikeets, there's so much more vibrancy and colour in the image where I'm almost  lying down.

Taken from above
I think I need to choose my feeding places better to get better photos, but for a start, these were an interesting exercise.

I think one of my life lessons is to learn patience. Photography certainly is helping me learn that!

Do you have any bird photography tips?

Taken from on the ground

My Recently Read List

  • Eliza Henry-Jones - Ache
  • Catherine McKinnon - Storyland
  • Sarah J Maas - A Court of Thorns and Roses
  • Anne Gracie - Marry In Haste
  • Emily Larkin - all her books
  • Sarah Schmidt - See What I Have Done
  • Lisa Ireland - The Shape of Us