Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Yesterday WordPress sent me a notification that it was my 6 year blogging anniversary.  Six years. Wow! Who’d a thunk?  I never imagined when I made my tentative start that six years later I would still be blogging and still loving it.  Heck, I didn’t even realize I’d have to have a blog name when I reached the end of the signing up process!

I had no idea that I would meet a number of fellow bloggers in person in places like San Francisco, Kansas City, Branson (Missouri), Philadelphia, Chicago, and even France in places like China Town, homes, writer’s conferences, coffee shops, libraries, and aboard a barge on a French river in full spate, or that I’d be chatting with people from all over the world.  What fun!  One of my goals is to meet many more of you in person. (more…)

Help! I’m drowning in photos with more constantly on the way.  I never imagined I’d have this many, so I never considered how to store them other than by date or an occasional vacation designation.

How do you manage your photos?  How do you find what you need?  Is there a way to tag them?  How and where do you store them? I’m looking for any and all input ,because the longer I wait, the more difficult the process is going to be.

I currently keep files ( by date and either iPhone or Nikon) on my laptop, have an external backup (Seagate Passport), and copy all the files onto discs (I’m getting a rather large amount of them as well).

While you share your insights, here’s a fun-with-editing photo I played with not long ago.  Thanks in advance for your time and advice!

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Posted: April 12, 2016 in Personal
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Recently I shared a photo of a hummingbird for a Weekly Photo Challenge theme and you gave me lots of positive comments, including a number saying that it deserved to be hung on the wall.  So when I recently saw a sale on an 8X10″ wrapped canvas print, I decided to go ahead and order it with this photo.

When I got back from my little weekend road trip this afternoon, I found a box on the porch with my canvas inside.  I’m thrilled with how it looks and set it on the mantel until I can decide where to hang it.  Makes me feel positively professional!

Thanks for your part in this and all the great feedback.  Here’s how it looks.

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I’m interested in doing macro photography with my Nikon D5100.  But do I need an actual lens or the macro extenders I see on Amazon?  I’m also looking for a tripod.  And finally, I’d like to carry the Nikon with me.  A backpack is useful if I don’t need to access the camera easily but is there anything that carries the camera so I can get at it for a quick shot?

Any suggestions?  All help is appreciated!!

This is the third and final post on hints for better phone photography.  Click here to access part one and part two.

Number ten: When taking a photo that’s not a close-up, try to frame it.

Catch a tree, bush, or tall grass on one side or the other and your photo becomes more interesting. It also provides perspective.

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In my first post, I covered four basic suggestions for better phone photography.  Today I’m getting more specific.

Number five: Light can be an issue.

I’ve found light to be something that takes practice and that doesn’t always come out right
with a phone camera. Depending upon where I tap, ground or sky, the photo might be darker
or lighter than it actually is. Take one each way and see what you think. This is also a good
time to use editing to adjust the light to the way it really was…or just to the way you want
think it looks best.  The following photos are unedited so you can see the difference.



or dark

or dark

Number six: Phone cameras can take great macros. But it might take some work.

Sometimes it takes a bit of work to get the focus right. You may have to tap on the spot you
want several times or you may have to start with the focus a bit further away, then move in
and tap again, rather than just zooming in and shooting. Don’t be discouraged. Check your
photos after taking them to see whether or not the focus is correct. I have to take along my
reading glass in order to be able to do this!


Number seven: If you’re trying to get the focus on something thin, you may have problems
and it may take extra time. It’s even possible you won’t get the shot you want.

The camera wants to focus on the biggest thing and that’s usually the background. Keep
tapping on what you want to photograph and don’t be discouraged. A few days ago, I was
attempting to take a photo of the coils of a grapevine. It probably took me 2 or 3 minutes to
get the camera to finally focus and get the picture I wanted. Sometimes it just won’t happen.
Go back with your SLR camera and adjust the focus if you really want that shot!


Number eight:  Try turning your camera upside down sometimes.

Sometimes a shot from above isn’t all that interesting or doesn’t show depth. You can’t
always get down low enough to compensate. Turn your camera upside down and take the
photo. You’ll be surprised at the different it makes.  The first photo is taken from above.


I got this photo by turning the camera upside down.  I like them both, but the upside down photo gives a very different look.

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Number nine: (Related to number eight.) Try taking the shot from a lower level than
you’d usually use. Put the camera waist-high and see the difference.

Everyone take photos from face height. That doesn’t make it bad but you can sometimes
get a more interesting shot if you take it from waist-high, especially when taking landscape
shot. Try it both ways and see the difference.  These photos show the difference.  The first is taken from a normal view, standing with the camera at eye level.  In the second, I’ve lowered the camera and the shot becomes more interesting.



Saturday I’ll wrap up my hints.  See you then.