The images in this post are mostly photos that were taken by me. The only exception is the beautiful artwork of Janet Fish that I include a little further down the post.
A week ago, I attended a little workshop to help new DSLR camera owners to get to know their camera. Only 2 people showed up for the class: One was obviously me, a former photography teacher with a good understanding of aperture, exposure, depth of field, and other basic camera concepts, but a poor understanding of maneuvering around the complex menu of a DSLR. The other person knew nothing about her new camera, zip, and hadn't even turned on her camera (or even knew there was an on/off switch) and obviously knew nothing about those basic photo concepts.
We have one more session together, and we were given a 'homework' assignment to take photos using the various scene presets on our camera, and see how they affected exposure etc, to help us make good decisions about what settings to use and to keep us from shooting everything on the basic automatic setting. The poor teacher didn't know what she was getting into asking me to do this. I'm assuming the other gal will show up with a dozen or so photos on her camera. She was terrified to even use it. Me, well, here I am, hundreds of photos later... I'm going to have some serious editing to do before I go back to class on Friday.
Pinterest page, you know that's what I like. Anyhow, here's a selection of Janet Fish paintings:
Below, a little cropping fun!
And more candle-lit photos:
Enough?!And for fun, of course I had to shoot a few pictures with my favorite creative feature on the camera, the vivid sketch (which eats batteries, but that's another story entirely). The first shot below was highly cropped after I put it on my iPad.
Newly added to this post, three more crazy edits of the last photo above (one at the top of the post, the other two below), this time done on my PC using both Microsoft Photo Editor, and with Corel Photo Album for the color edits. I think, folks, I may have just had a 'eureka' moment. My easel has been sitting with a half-finished painting on it for months. I hate the painting. It's just not me. The composition and color I have discovered cropping these images have me excited to use them as painting inspiration. What do you think?