I'd sure like to be a better photographer. I see the articles in scrapbook magazines with "easy" tips for better photos, but I just get confused by crazy jargon like "aperture" or "f-stop" and move onto the next article instead.
To compensate for my lousy photography, I take about 800 photos at a time, hoping for just one shot at 7 megapixels that I can later enlarge & crop to be the "money" shot of the event. I then end up with 750 awful shots and 50 usable yet boring shots. (Not to mention how un-fun it is to cull down those 800 shots to a "mere" 50!)
Because none of my shots are absolutely fabulous, I then feel compelled to include 12 pictures on every scrapbook layout so that somehow I can convey what the event or situation really was. At this rate, the "artful" one photo layout will forever elude me.
Wouldn't it be great to get some really good photography lessons? Yeah, sure. But who has time for that? Or the money? And won't they still just throw around a lot of nonsensical jargon that makes my eyes roll into the back of my head?
Well, maybe not!
PaperCrafter's Corner reader Holly Craft of Lawrenceville, GA has been posting some really incredible photos and photography lessons on her blog over the last couple of weeks. Each post includes a theme that focuses on how to train yourself to see great photo opportunities and take advantage of them, rather than on how to use all the fancy settings on your camera.
Each lesson includes simple yet impactful photo examples, and some of them are just breathtaking. What is exciting for me is that she explains WHY the photos are so good….and it rarely has anything to do with a camera setting!
Here are a couple of photos that highlight her lesson on using repetition to make a picture more powerful:
Pretty neat, huh? I can tell you that when I was snapping pix to show the unusual Georgia snow a couple of weeks ago, my shots didn't quite turn out like that 😉
Holly's lessons are exciting for me because they show that if I just look for opportunities like these and some of the others she highlights, I might one day take some impactful photos of my own without ever understanding an F-stop!
Thank you, Holly, for your fabulous photo advice. I look forward to continuing my photography classes with you for as long as you're offering them 🙂
PS: Be sure to visit Holly's blog, Today's Creations, when you have a few extra minutes to spare. I promise you'll be sucked into her lessons and want to spend some time catching up on her last few weeks worth of lessons!