Whether you're a photographer, writer, artist, woodworker, or whatever, it's important to have a personal project which balances you're regular work and really allows your own creativity to shine.
The beach can be tons of fun. In fact, my son loves everything about the beach. I literally grew up in the water, swimming nearly year round for 14 years being in the water was my life; so I'm super happy that my son loves it as well.
I love taking photos at the beach. Photographing at the beach can be fun and challenging at the same time, especially when you're shooting into the sun. For this photo we were enjoying some time at La Jolla's Scripps Pier in San Diego, CA, and I was using a Canon 5D Mark III body with a Canon 50mm f1.4 lens. The camera was set with a shutter speed of 1/160, a f-stop of f/22, and an ISO 160. I knew going in there would be some heavy shadows, but I really wanted to get sun as it came across the water. I did the initial post-production in Lightroom, and then added some texture and the logo in Photoshop CS6.
Here are some of the other photos from yesterday's adventure to the beach.
What are some of your favorite places to take photos?
I love Instagram! And I love it for a couple of reasons: One, I get to easily see updates from photographers that I get inspiration from; and two, I get to keep up with my family and friends. For this post, I want to focus on reason number one.
Like many of you with Instagram, I follow a lot of folks, but how many of them do I really pay attention to? How many of them do I look up when I think I’ve missed their post? Let’s be honest, this probably amounts to only handful or maybe few more.
Here are four Instagrammers that this applies to for me (in no particular order):
(1) Forest & Field Photography (www.forestandfieldphotography.com / www.instagram.com/forestandfieldphotography). Lindsay’s style of photography appeals to me because it’s honest and depicts real life around her home and family.
(2) Meg Loeks (www.instagram.com/meg_nlo and www.instagram.com/megloeksphoto). Meg’s style is similar to Lindsay’s, but a little brighter. I love the way she manages to capture the emotion of her subject.
(3) Ashley Jennett (https://www.instagram.com/thestorkandthebeanstalk). A lot of Ashley’s photos are slightly de-saturated and have a vintage feel to them. I think the feel of these images combined with the realness of the subject, location, and situation, really draw me in. Her images often remind of similar situations or expressions my son makes.
(4) Jake Olson (http://www.jakeolsontutorials.com and www.instagram.com/jakeolsonstudios). Jake’s photos are saturated, bright, stylized, and often have a whimsical feel about them. I love these photos because I feel drawn in by them, and I want to imagine the story that goes along with them.
So, there are four Instagrammers that I enjoy following. Who do you follow, and what draws you to their work?
Eudora Welty, a photographer and Pulitzer Prize recipient, once said “A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.”
Ansel Adams, renowned photographer, said “A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.”
For me, a photograph should evoke a memory, an emotion, or a reaction; it should bring old memories alive again. Whether it’s a family, business, or sports portrait, I want a photo which captures the essence of the moment. I want to be drawn into the moment the photo was taken, and to understand the subject at that moment – what were they feeling, what moment did the photographer want to capture, why was it important to the client or the photographer. Every photograph has a story, whether that story is as simple as “I liked the way that flower looked” or as complex as “this was taken at our wedding, and I knew at the time that this elderly family member wouldn’t be with us much longer”. I love real photos with a story behind them.
As a kid, I hated having my picture taken. As an adult, I treasure those old pictures because they remind me of all the memories and experiences I had. Even more so, looking through photos my parents and grandparents have and listening to the stories and memories they have creates a deeper connection to them, and helps to me to understand them so much more.
As a photographer, I want to capture photos that my family and clients will treasure. I want the photos I capture of my family to be real and substantive; and I want to be able to look back on them, to smile and remember that special moment. I want the same for photos I capture for my clients.
“Photography is a magical kind of art that allows people to preserve time and moments, and to describe the world as they see it.” – Sahara Sanders
So, why is photography important to you? What do you want or expect when you look at a photograph?
There are a ton of photography resources on the internet, some are great and some not so much. I've decided to list a few of my favorites for you. Now, why are these among my favorites? Well, the simple answer, they provide a little bit of everything: news, insight, learning resources, and ideas.
What are some of your favorite photography websites and why?