In the beginning…

When i first started taking pictures i was only doing it because my dad told me to. It would be during a big family get together, my dad would be in the corner chatting with one of my sisters and from across the room he would yell ‘hey Grace! Get out the camera and take some pictures!’. Soon after i would send the pictures out and the next time my sisters saw me they would say ‘Grace i liked the pictures! your good at that!’. After some praise i began caring about the pictures i was taking. I would take pictures from different angles, I would bring  my camera with me every where, and i would even do some Photoshop. I never cared about settings i just thought it was as simple as point and shoot. I wish i could go back in time and give my self a little lesson on the basics of photography, because i wasted a lot of amazing photo opportunities. I took a lot of awesome vacations at this time in my life, Mexico, train trip across America, Denver, and i could have been capturing beautiful things throughout all of this. now, don’t laugh, but i wish i could have just read Digital SLR photography for dummies! Wow. that sounded like some sorta cheep advertising, but its true. I think learning everything about the features of your camera and learning everything about photography will help you reach your full potential.

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Denis Darzacq

If you don’t know who this guy is, your in for a surprise. When i think of a photo that shows the impossible, i think of his work. Darzacq takes stunning images of people in the air or in mid flight, their bodies twisted into weird positions and in strange places. Some of my personal favorites are these, i think of it as a commercial for Nike… 

These are only the ones for Nike, more can be found here. I think that Darzacq’s technique is new and exciting, at least for me (: i have seen photos captured in the air, or amazing stills capturing a jump or leap, but Darzacq takes it to a whole new level. He makes to see the unbelievable, and shows you what amazing things humans are capable. Some pictures I am still wrapping my head around, like the one below… Anyone have any ideas of how this could be possible?! Maybe if she like jumped really high and through herself forwards…  Just don’t try it without some experience first guys, looks like you could defiantly hurt yourself. Well if you have got nothing better to do I would go look at some of this guys pictures, because they really are truly amazing!

My Favorite Blogs!

I would love to give some more publicity to some amazing photographers i randomly stumbled upon this morning. after going through some of their blog posts i was amazed, these people must travel a lot! One blogger i liked (and left a pretty long comment on) was Leanne Cole, my favorite post so far was No Running in the Corridors. i liked the fact that she showed us what the photo would be like in different color filters, and asked for our opinions (i liked the sepia, it gives me a post-apocalyptic vibe). another blogger I liked, I don’t know the persons name, was Noisy Pilgrims, I was fortunate enough as to have seen a picture that had just been posted, Plain Tiger Butterfly. I was amazed, and left the web site hungry for more. the clarity this blogger was able to capture was amazing, and it makes me think of how many times i have helplessly failed at trying to capture the same type of buttery shot. I just want to give  some credit to one more blogger i have been fallowing a bit, is Patrick Latter. alright, I have to go, Adios!

What You Want When Your Leaving the House!

Every time I leave the house I have my camera with me, I guess it has developed into a bit of a habit (: But even if I have my camera there are still other things that prove to be helpful in finding that one winner shot out of hundreds (at least in my experience). Things you want when your leaving the house;

  • Your camera obviously!
  • If you are someone with long hair I would say a hair tie, I have always run into problems on a windy day when my hair is blowing around in front of my lens and all over my face!
  • Bring either a tripod or a person, i have often used the top of someones head as a flat surface similar to a tripod. One cheep and easy tripod is the DIY string tripod. Also for $10.00 you can get the Bottle cap tripod.
  • Before you leave the house check your camera’s battery, or always have an extra in your camera bag!
  • If you are in the rainy season make sure your bag is water proof or if you are cheep like me just a plastic zip lock bags works fine to keep your camera dry.
  • depending on your camera, make sure you have the right lenses for where ever you are going or whatever picture you are planning on taking. (Ex. Flower garden=macro lens for those colorful close-up shots).
  • If you are using a film camera you may want extra film or flashes.
  • Extra memory chips if you are planing to take TONS of pictures or you are at risk of running out of room.
  • If where ever you are going you are planning on staying the night, bring a charger and a computer cable (if you have your computer with you).
  • Something to clean your lenses in case of emergency!
  • for those of use who find ourselves running out of the house holding our shoes and dropping things every which way, Iwould suggest putting all of your camera essentials in a handy camera bag. They can get a little pricey, but it really is worth it. Without one there is the risk of dirt and scratches on your lenses and your camera. Here are some ideas. Example of a super organized bag… i defiantly don’t have that many camera parts ->

Just remember, even if you don’t have some of these things with you don’t worry! Many of the pictures I have taken I have been completely unorganized. good luck and embrace the moment 😀

What I Want Next From the G-series.

I was thinking of posting a blog of what I would want next after the G12 that came out around two years ago, but it looks like canon has beaten me to it. now i just hope that it lives up to my high expectations ;D.

What I want:

  • A faster focus
  • A faster Zoom lens
  • Continuous shooting, faster shooting speed.
  • i have always liked the screen on the G12, the way that you can move it around, i hope they keep that!
  • I would like to have the settings a little easier to get around, my parents used to drive me crazy because i was the only one who could change all of the settings.

Fall Photography!

Fall is upon us! Fall is the season for pumpkin pie and apple cider, as well as a perfect opportunity for amazing fiery photography. the colors for this season are bright and vibrant, and you want to make sure to catch every fallen leaf this season. I would say the best times to take pictures this season and sometimes always would be over cast days, helps not drown out the colors! catch some cute fall moments with your family, and take some pictures from different perspectives (there’s no harm in crouching on the ground for a macro shot!). fall pictures can be more than gold, yellow, and red leaves and trees, don’t forget pumpkin patches, fall foods, farms, and anything else changing during this spectacular season.

Photography Apps

there are a lot of photography apps out there, either for editing for for taking the picture. The most common photography app is definitely Instagram. The one reason that people like that app a lot would be the social network, but i feel like its not so much about the photography itself.

The one app that intrigued me while i was reading about good camera apps would be Camera+.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/camera+/id329670577?mt=8

I have never used this app but it looks good, practical, and easy to use for a quick picture. It advertises having 16 scene modes to bring out the best in your photo so you can match up the lighting in your scene with the mode. There have been a lot of complaints that there is no video feature on the app, but i like it that way.

Lytro Camera’s-Good or Bad?

Lytro cameras are not very well-known, they haven’t hit the big stores yet and the company is still improving their technological design. The whole idea that makes Lytro cameras different is the fact that after you take the picture you can select what you want to focus on. So instead of having to custom focus on you digital camera, you can just pull out your Lytro and take the shot fast, not wasting any time. the after the fact focus is an amazing idea, and could be very helpful for the beginning photographer. when i first heard of this i thought it was amazing, i have always hated how much work i went through to take a macro shot. but after i did some research i noticed that the quality sucks. its low-resolution means that its pictures are not very focused, with 1.2 megapixles 1080×1080 pixels. that is not very good for someone like me, i like to print out large prints. my theory is that the Lytro can be better used for portrait shots, like when your out with your friends and you want to capture the moment, not for close up shots of spiders. one thing i do really like is that it is low-light sensitive, so taking pictures in low light settings is not a problem. i think that the Lytro design shows promise for the future, and is something to watch out for. I will be watching for updates and improvements, and I hope that the technological team can improve upon these factors.

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