The WOW factor step one-consider your subject

posted on 7th of september, 2012

I am excited to be taking my first online photography class with Jim Zuckerman and better photo.com. The class I chose is 8 steps to more dramatic photography. Our first lesson was on selecting great subjects. And the assignment? Submit examples of great subjects paired with similar subjects that are not so great.

It sounded deceptively simple, but when I closely reviewed the assignment and the lesson, I had difficulty determining what makes a great subject great. I used some photos from my trip to Colorado last week. It was hard for me to decide which subjects were great without considering lighting, composition,etc.

Here is an example of the type of thought process I went through using some photos that DT has already accepted. if the Colorado picutres pass muster, I will share them...

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Posted by Positiveflash on September 12, 2012
Storm photography has always been my favorite subject. I grew up in the midwest and have always had a fascination with the subject.

I don't really have a interest in taking photos of people because I could never compete with the images already available.

Posted by Chanevy on September 11, 2012
Interesting, I always thought people pictures were preferred. I struggle with the whole model release things, so all mine that include people are editorial.
Posted by Mightymogwai on September 11, 2012
I think I do not have a favorite subect but i definitely make more pictures without people than with them) I think it is a week point of my portfolio up to date.

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Tips for novice tripod users

posted on 9th of september, 2012

I never used a tripod until I started shooting stock. I made some silly mistakes when I started shooting with one, and some of the tips I have read for my photo class include silly things that I managed to get right. This is a compilation of tips for novice tripod users including things I learned through experience and things I've read about. There is probably nothing new here for anyone that has worked with a tripod more than a few times.

1 Get a tripod that will hold your gear. Weigh your camera with the heaviest lens, etc. you will use with the tripod and make sure it is rated to hold at least that much weight. You don't want your expensive equipment crashing on the ground.

2 Read up on different types of tripod heads and think about how you will use the tripod. If you will be hiking...

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Posted by Chanevy on September 27, 2012
The larger segments are actually on top, not bottom. I had a brain freeze.
Posted by Chanevy on September 26, 2012
Two more good tips: make sure the legs won't move--if on soft ground, sink them into the dirt, and I'd you don't need to pull the legs out all the way, use the larger segments (bottom) first
Posted by Chanevy on September 26, 2012
I M not sure what you are asking

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Colorado trip

posted on 13th of september, 2012

I was excited to have several photos from my recent trip to the Denver area approved! I love to travel and it is fun to share that experience through the images I make.

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Posted by Chanevy on September 16, 2012
Thank you
Posted by Zenonk on September 16, 2012
great shoots
Posted by Egomezta on September 14, 2012
GReat images, good luck.

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Take aways from photography workshop

posted on 15th of september, 2012

From my own mistakes: make sure to pack your tripod and always double check your camera settings before a shoot. Grrrrrrr....nuff said.

Class 1 Photographing Small Children. I am hoping this class will help me do justice to my grandchildren when I photograph them. Sometimes kneeling isn't good enough. Eye level might mean crawling on your belly. Pose your subjects so their eyes are at the same focal length for proper focus when using shallow DoF. Use stairs to even heights out when working with multiple subjects. People will be happier if they have something to lean on while standing.

Easy and cheap DIY diffuser: clip a hanger to each end of a white pillowcase. This may have been my favorite tip of the day.

A photo of a young child in Egypt

A baby picture...

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Posted by Chanevy on October 11, 2012
Thanks Cammeraydave. Sometimes I wonder if I can still trust my eyes when I do too much pixel peeping. Lol
Posted by Cammeraydave on October 11, 2012
Thanks for the info. I don't know a lot about perspective on post production, but if it looks right your eyes will tell you it is.
Posted by Chanevy on September 20, 2012
Thanks Seawatch, I didn't take it as anything but helpful, I appologize for not getting you in the thank you! I appreciate everyone who comments and I am always open to learning more.

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About me

I have had a camera in my hand ever since I can remember. I was always the kid that wanted to trot down to the scene of the crime, or truck accident, or whatever, and get the images that would document that event for posterity. I guess its no surprise that I am naturally drawn to editorial and journalistic photography!

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