Time Out

It is time sadly to take a break from this blog. I had hoped it would not happen but I can not keep up with it at the moment.

If you have been a regular reader you will know that last month my son Graham was born (July 4th). Since then I have had very little time to spend on my photography and creating content for this blog. Now that I’ve returned to full time work that little time I had has become almost non-existent.

Knowing this was going to possibly happen I always tried to schedule posts so that there was a two month buffer. Unfortunatly I was not able to keep that going in June thus I’m now out of content currently to post weekly.

I do not plan on stopping this blog.  I will still post my photos as I take them and  I hope as Graham gets older and less dependent on 24/7 attention  I can return to more regular weekly content posting as well.

Thank you to all that have followed this blog so far and I hope you continue to in the future as well once things get rolling more regularly again.

Thanks for Reading
Jason

 

Learning To Use Natural Light

While it’s easy to take pictures outside where where is a lot of light. I wanted to try and shoot Graham indoors with using only what natural light came in through our patio doors.

Indoors I’m always tempted to use flash even with ample light from windows to make my images. With these I put away the flash and shot these images.

Two are a little underexposed I think, but I still like the results.

Tummy Time Close

Graham Toes

Tummy Time

Thanks for reading
Jason

A quick lesson for newbies..

A poster named Jon over on he DPS Forums made a recent post that I wanted to share with readers here. It is a great bit of advice and something to get your mind in the right place as a new photographer.

The original post can be found here but this is the text from it:

I do an awful lot of event photography. I’ve got the contract for two of the local Circus’s for their promotional shots next season. (Which I’m really excited about by the way) and one of the things that strikes me about event photography is that I never really get to see the show.. This may sound strange but it’s actually quite true, and it’s true of Portraiture, true of Landscape, true of fine art,true of street, in fact, I can’t really think of any genre in which it isn’t true.

Why?

Well, I realized this the weekend before last, when I was shooting yet another circus performance, at the local circus school, when I’m with my camera, I don’t JUST think about the performance in front of me.. Actually, I RARELY think about the performance in front of me. I think about what the performer is about to do, I think about composition, about obstacles and whether they can be used to enhance the shot or whether I should move because they detract. I relaxed a little and took some time on Saturday last week to enjoy the show.. Then I remembered “I’m here to take photos, if I wasn’t, I wouldn’t be invited.” So I reluctantly picked up my camera.. The show was good, the kids talented, and for a little while I felt like I was missing out…

Now today, looking back through my shots, I can really see where my brain clicked from “photographer” to “spectator” .. and back again. There’s a distinct difference between the two..

But when I look at these photos, I realize, I wasn’t missing out at all.. I’ve produced some images that show the skills and abilities of these young people at their best, something that the parents love, and show off to their friends, even though they took their own photos that night.. Sure, someone with more experience than me might have made it even better, but they weren’t there, I was, and when I miss a show, people ask after me..

What I’m trying to say, is that if you want to be a photogr
apher, instead of just improving your snapshots, you need to turn your head on. You need to think like a photographer.
You know, when I was learning French, I couldn’t get the pronunciation right.. Someone said to me “You know how the French accent sounds in English?” I said “Yes.” And started doing an impression of a Frenchman. “Great.. Now do the same thing, only saying French words instead of English ones” they were right.. It worked, it was a lot easier.

What I’m saying is, even if you don’t get how to take photos yet.. You know how pro photographers stand and hold their cameras, how they move around to get the right composition.. Imitate them.. You’ll feel a bit self conscious at first. That’s only because you’re thinking about yourself, not your subject.. Stoppit.. Think about what you’re doing, and why, not about what others think about you, that’s totally irrelevant.

What you’re doing, by imitating pros, is training your muscles into good habits, you’re also making it far easier to take good photos.. Maybe you feel a bit silly.. Well, that’s just tough.. If you want to be a good photography, then believe me, you’re going to be doing these things eventually..

Make it easy on yourself and start how you mean to go on.. Move like a photographer and think like a photographer, stop making it difficult by trying to be a casual observer, the two can’t happen at the same time.. If you want to be a casual observer, put your camera down for a short while and enjoy.. But if you’re there to take photos, be a photographer.

Sorry, this is as much a self-learning exercise as anything else..

If you like his advice you can also see his great photography work at these locations:
http://www.jonpertwee.net/
http://www.swissjon.com/#/0

Thanks for reading,

Jason