As memory keepers we spend a great deal of time taking photos. Over the years I have moved from my adorable Brownie camera, through a variety of point and shoot cameras, to now – the proud owner of a DSLR. I’ve had my DSLR for a year and have tried a variety of photography from macro to landscape.
The thing is, I don’t feel like I’m getting much better, or at least not at the speed I want to improve at. So I’ve spent a fair amount of time reading books and articles online. The one thing that stands out to me from this study is the need to practice – take lots of photos.
Taking more photos seems easy enough, but after awhile I felt like I was taking pictures of the same things over and over. Back to my research. I found this article: 10 Photographic Assignments to Hone Your Skills. LOVE these ideas!
For Christmas I got a new 50mm lens, which prompted a photo shoot with the hounds. It was fun using this lens for macro and close up shots – it created lovely blurred backgrounds. But I also quickly learned that picking the correct focus point was important.
So enough of my hound babies. With the recent snow and cold, I captured a few shots of the icicles. Again, loved how this lens allows me to focus on one point causing foreground and background to be fuzzy.
I’ve had a lot of fun playing and trying different approaches with this lens, but I think its time to move on to a new challenge. So I’m going to try Compositional Rules from the article’s list. Anyone want to join the fun? If so, post a link to your photos in the comments by next Monday or share them on our Facebook page.
Have fun creating and taking photos!
P.S. Today is Megan Hoeppner’s birthday! I’m sure she’d love a birthday shout out.