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From Clicking to Creating — 11 Comments

  1. OH that horse is posing, I swear….Don’t you just love playing with the light?

  2. It’s funny, when you get started photographing things, you figure everything is the same, but as you get into it, you realize what you have a passion for and are really good at. Mom does real estate photos for some realtors, but hates it and isn’t happy with the work. She’s tried people, but not really her thing. She loves nature and animals and does much better with that. Your nieces are adorable, but the animals in nature just seem so natural. Maybe that is the key.

  3. The portrait of your nieces is great. I struggle with lighting for indoor photography sometimes. I think the issue is that we get so much direct sunlight through our windows and glare or shadows can be such a problem. Outdoors is so much better!

  4. It’s a strong portrait you have captured. I love the look of your two nieces. And of course the soft light. I tend to use natural light as much as possible, too. And even classical painters used natural light from windows, particularly windows facing north. :-)

  5. I’m similar to you when it comes to portraits. For me, it even goes a step further, where I feel uncomfortable pointing a lens at people. But, if you’re a photographer, people end up asking you to do “events” for them. As long as they understand that I’m a total amateur at people photos, I do them, and it usually turns out better than I expect.

    Your portrait is great because it’s so real. I can see the personalities of your nieces shining through. I love the natural light! You have inspired me. I am going to ask to take photos of my nephews together the next time we’re all together!

    • I could never photograph someone I didn’t know. I don’t know how people do it. I have done family photos a couple times, and they turned out pretty good. I always give the disclaimer I am not a people photographer though.

  6. Hello, the photo of your nieces made me smile. I love the horse and the gorgeous mountain views. Great photos. Enjoy your day!

  7. The portrait of your nieces is wonderful! You don’t give yourself enough credit on this one. ?

    I take my photos – mostly – with my phone. Some are candid people photos, some are silly posed photos of my hubby or selfies. Most of my photos though are of Shadow and Ducky. I have some really good photos of Callie and Kissy (my angels), but nowhere near enough; so, when I got this iPhone I decided I was going to get as many candid (and posed) shots of Shadow and Ducky as I possibly can.

    Last night I downloaded Photoshop Express to my phone. I played with it a little bit; but it was late so I didn’t spend much time with it. I’m wondering if I should also download Lightroom CC? What do you think? They’re both free from the App Store.

  8. I almost didn’t submit for the ‘Messy’ category (I missed the previous one too – I talked myself out of all those ideas – not a good way to learn!), but I went through my photos for the week and decided this one fit the bill. I had a planned photo session with my niece and my neighbor’s two dogs. I was attempting to capture the emotion “Happy”. That worked fairly well, but then this one to me looks like a “Messy Kiss” candidate, haha. I did notice I was a little stiff the next day after all the up and down, crouching and moving around letting my niece and the dogs just play while I clicked away. I have to plan better I think! This isn’t the best photograph, but it’s a little messy and it’ll make you smile to boot! https://photos.smugmug.com/2018-52-Week-Photography-Project/i-zcdXnpq/0/1a4b9f46/X3/MessyKiss-X3.jpg

    • Lauri,
      This is so cute. I love love unposed shots like this, so much more intimate. Great job.
      It’s so easy to talk ourselves out of things, but then how do we learn?

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