Hi peeps! Thanks SO much for your support, love, and sharing of the new calendar!
Holy moly! Love you guys!! It also spurred a bunch of photography questions so ‘just for fun’ I though we’d dive into that a ‘lil.
*disclaimer* I am NO photography expert. Seriously, I still don’t know what half of that jargon means. I should be taking a class myself. (not writing this!) But since you asked…
I feel like there is already TONS of info out there on camera settings etc… I thought I would focus on how to take a picture that tells a story….
When I shoot something I want the picture to embody the actual item. I want it natural, fuss free, and far from perfect. (my style). To make a picture more interesting never center your object in the frame. I LOVE pictures that draw the eye to all edges. This doesn’t mean you have to chuck if full of stuff either. Maybe the light is dancing on one corner.. stretching and reaching for the object on the opposite corner. Maybe there is something included in the photo that you may not notice at first glance.. but the picture itself makes you pause and pay attention.
Don’t be afraid to get down and dirty. You don’t have to give me this advice twice! I lay in the dirt outside to get a lot of my outdoor shots. Take these chickens for example…. If I stand at my height and shoot it is quite blah-zah. But WAIT! If I lay in the dirt I get this beautiful light that shines through them. See their feather’s shine? Ok, and then I need to crop the picture. This photo is obviously super candid. They are worse then the kids at taking directions.. (LOL) So let’s make it look like we had to ‘hurry up and snap’. Ooops, cut off a couple heads but that is ok… see the story she is telling?
I really think this applies to anything you’re shooting. People, objects, rooms, etc…
I have been having lots of fun taking pictures on instagram lately too.. (follow my handle if you’d like- postroadvintage)
So you really don’t NEED a schmancy camera to take a picture that tells a story.
If I was to give advice (oops, I guess I sort of am!) then the two most important things are, practice and light! Find the spot in your home (or out) where you can turn your flash off and there aren’t crazy shadow or dark edges. Just start playing around with different angles and adding in what you love… Stage it in an ‘un-staged’ way.. hmmm, does that make sense? I’m thinking not!