Lemon Water and Photo Prep
I love photography, but I am an amateur. I have this great desire to take photos outside and explore the world with my camera. The area I live in though, is not technology savvy and as such I feel awkward when I have my phone or camera out with me in public. In the summer I am braver because it's hot and warm and who can resist sunshine? In the winter, it is easy for me to be driven indoors to my little apartment. So when I was asked to share my favorite location, take pictures and illuminate the details of my prep work, I was at a loss. I wanted it to be outside and for me to be brave, but due to being brave in other areas of my life, it just wasn't going to happen. Leaving me, with the only option but the inside of my house. When you think about all the photo shoots I have done inside, you would think it was my favorite place to shoot. Maybe it is, for the moment it feels more like a place of convenience, where I am challenged with low yellow lighting and ugly carpet and the same scene, but have a desire to make the photos look different and unique from what I've taken before.
Earlier in the week there was just enough sunshine to broach the task and I tackled it as best I could. As you can tell from the feature photo I have 4 things I use when taking photos; a camera, a lens, a tripod and an attachment for my camera to my tripod. I have the Nikon D5100 with the kit lens (18-55mm). I bought it in 2012, along with a memory card and second battery. I have since killed one of the batteries and recently replaced the memory card. I'm on my second tripod, the first being a gorgeous metal hand-me-down from Kevin's Mom that broke during our move to the states. My lens is on the fritz, getting it to focus is not easy as you can see in this post.
When taking photos my set up usually looks something like this
It's nothing special. It's a very basic and anyone could set up this type of thing. A camera strap is very handy for wrapping around objects to ensure your camera stays in place when you are not using a tripod. You can see image one photos here and image two's photos here, but let's talk about three.
I choose to do video using that set up. However I didn't want just one angle when shooting. The book on the table to the right is what I used to hold my cellphone to shot a secondary angle. My phone doesn't have the best quality, but it gave me a different perspective and allowed me to get the added shots I wanted. I whipped it up together and created this 1 minute video My video skills and editing skills aren't amazing. I have a lot to learn, but it was a fun project and I am happy I tried it. I created the title using Hey Claire's handing written idea, though I did have to figure out windows programs to make it happen. One day I hope to figure out a way to do moving titles like Ash Hardell talks about here, I don't have the same programs as her so muddling it out is different.
I guess the point of this post though is to say I am learning. I am an amateur who wants to know my camera more. Find a path that works for you and make it your own. Join a photo challenge. (I joined the Eyecandy Project 52) It's a great way to stretch yourself out of your comfort zone. Be excited for new technology but understand why you are capable of handling. Most of all, be in some photos, don't always hide behind.