Let's Just Try It is a compilation of inspiration and creative endeavors of a mom and daughter duo featuring one heart, two styles and a whole heap of ideas that spill into a great collection of both successful and not so successful projects.
a compilation of inspiration and creative endeavors of a mom and daughter duo
Category Archives: Photography
February 10, 2012Posted by on
Mom and I are having lots of fun learning our new cameras. She’s doing great practicing getting her camera in people’s faces and shooting. I hope she shares soon more about what she’s learning 🙂 I learn so much from her!
Remember my frame a day challenge? I am not keeping up as much as I wish I was, but I have about 8-9 frames representing Jan, and 4 or 5 from Feb so far. I still forget to take my camera with me when I leave the house, most days are devoid of interesting tidbits to shoot. But one day recently, after dinner, we felt a little bored, and we drove to a nearby coffee shop for strong cup of coffee.
I fussed and fiddled with my camera, but in the low light situation of the restaurant, I really struggled to get a clear, crisp photo. Most were blurry, and fraught with bad composition, and terrible shadows. As I uploaded, I was so sad and felt that I couldn’t toss all the photos on upload, purely because I couldn’t miss another day! With the odds clearly against me, I felt awful that I wasted a good days shooting on *trying* low light manual tricks without success.
But I looked again.
This photo of my husband isn’t *very* blurry. Sure, the focus is on his hands, not his eyes like I prefer, but at least there isn’t too much blur going on in his face. I tried to fix the colour, but it just wasn’t working.
then I accidentally desaturated too much.
So, I looked through my photoshop actions to see what I could use to spice it up.
Here I ran an action from one of my favourite action sets from Alex Beadon.
Suddenly, Dave looks like a 70s rocker, and my poor composition is an artistic accident.
I tried another set of actions from Pioneer Woman:
This is the B&W Beauty from this set. I like the subtly of this one. It is a nice groundwork for more post work, since it doesn’t try too hard. I think it looks like the desaturated photo I started with, but on steroids.
Then I tried running one more from that same PW set.
And finally, here is one with burned edges and a dark moody feeling.
I think it’s great how Dave looks like a cool rocker in the first to a moody thinker in the last. I haven’t yet decided which photo I will use for my frame a day, but it sure was an interesting experiment. And I was able to salvage a photo I should have thrown away!
Which is a good thing. Because look how handsome he is 🙂
January 15, 2012Posted by on
Last year, on our trip to Dubai, my hubby bought me a DSLR camera. I had been drooling over one for eons, and I was super excited to get it. But life got in the way. From October to December, the camera sat virtually alone, while I pondered what to do with it. Without many interesting events or challenges to photograph, I waited for the time to use it.
When I got home, I was truly surprised at how great my photos turned out. In just 3 weeks, my photos were crisper, brighter and less grainy. Bonus. Then I looked at the number of photos I took. Over 1500 frames in our 2 week trip and countless more that I deleted before heading home. No wonder I improved!
I decided that this process cannot be forgotten. As an effort to improve my camera skills, and to better appreciate this very special time in my life where I have freedom to do what every the heck I want, I am striving to capture 1 frame a day. I am not going to stress about making sure I meet a picture every single day, but to just remain more mindful of the beauty around me. If I can get 4- 5 frames a week on different days, I will be happy and will consider it a win.
Life is beautiful, even the everyday mundane moments.
I’m not going to be Type A about it- I’ll look back and appreciate the attempts I took to document the year- I won’t look back and pine over the one day I missed.
What are you doing in 2012 to help yourself focus on the parts of everyday that bring you joy?
January 8, 2012Posted by on
On my list of things to learn… number 4….. Photography. Thanks to a generous gift from my hubby, I have a fantastic camera, but I find that I suffer from photographic shyness. Something about pointing a camera in a public setting makes me feel like I’m intruding into people’s lives uninvited…. yet I long for those amazing shots of beautiful faces, candid moments and picturesque settings.
On a recent trip into Mozambique, Elizabeth and I tried a new technique we call “Drive By Shooting”. A word of warning: do not refer to this technique casually in a public setting. It tends to draw strange looks and unwanted interest in your conversation.
A long stretch of road lined with a collection of informal shops as well as many people was the setting. I set my camera to action (remember that I am still in beginner status here…) and clicked off a series of shots with the camera placed on the open car window as we drove at about 40 km down the road. I played a little zooming in and out and came up with many quick glimpses into the local life. A quick run through the shots, deleting those that were of nothing interesting, left me with a collection of photos that have given me many great subjects for artistic endeavours as well as a great memory of the feeling of the area we were in. A little Photoshop help for lighting and composition and I will be happy.
(please forgive the low resolution…. we have a VERY slow connection, and I had to reduce the size of the photos to get them loaded)