The Art of Photography
Because "earth" without "art" is just "eh."
Did you know that there are trends in photography, just like there are with fashion? Someone, somewhere could probably tell you what is "in" right now- whether vignettes are all the rage or completely out of date... whether your photos should be drenched in bold color, or soft and natural. The only rule that doesn't change in Photography is that there are no set rules.
Photography, like all
art, is subjective.
Instead of following what's in style right now, shoot what makes you happy. Try new things, get a different perspective and develop your own style! In doing so, hopefully you'll refine the quality of your work and enjoy it for the creative outlet that it is.
*Here are a couple of my favorite photographer sites:
- Angel Porch Photography... I love her style and vibrant colors! She did a session for a friend of mine. I also love that she does the "celebrating adoption" sessions.
- John Moran Florida Nature Photography... Absolutely LOVELY!!!
Tools of the Trade...
- Digital SLR Cameras... Learn the basics here, or see my gear here.
- Digital Photo Editing with Photoshop Elements... How-To's, Shortcuts & Freebies!
- Professional quality photo printing at MPIX... They're a consumer lab, owned by a large, respectable professional lab. They have great quality, quick turnaround, and comparable prices.
Links to Learn...
- How to Take Better Pictures... Ken Rockwell's site. His articles are helpful to get you re-thinking your approach to photography; good food for thought.
- Clickin' Moms is a community of moms who share their photos and love of photography. Lots of articles too.
- Digital Photography School... a photographer friend recommended this site to me, where there's lots of stuff to learn.
- Composition Guidelines... you've probably heard of these before, but if not then here ya go! After learning these, the best thing to do is to look at lots of images, figure out what you like about them, and what you think may make them better. Composition isn't a camera's job, it's the eye's job, and it takes practice.