I want to thank you for the reception my first attempt at talking about photography received! I loved reading your comments and hearing what you’d be interested in chatting about. And that’s something I’d be really be keen to continue; I’d love to spark a discussion in the comments so we can share tips and ideas :)
I thought I’d give these ramblings a name so that if you come across one of these posts and it’s not your thing then you can quickly scroll to the next post in your reader. As for the title, well photography is supposed to all be about the capture of light and well this is Lime Doodle Design :D As in the last post let me emphasise that I’m simply a photography enthusiast with no training. I love making cards and sharing those through blogging, these lime light posts are just an extension of my love of sharing.
One of the themes from the comments seemed to be that some simple, jargon free information would go down well. So I thought I’d keep these posts bite size and easily digestible with a cup of tea! But you know what, lets take it back a step. Forget the camera for a moment and let’s chat about the very first step of setting up a card for a photograph.
Here I asked my daughter to look at a card I’d made previously. This pretty much sums up what happens when someone opens a card isn’t it? They hold it in their hands, look at it, examine the details and hopefully appreciate the care and love with which it has been made. This little bit of card hopefully engages them and connects them with the person that sent it. Equally as bloggers, we want to share with the person on the other side of the screen, we want them to engage with that little bit of card and the person who posted it there. For me, taking a picture is my attempt to be as close to that card being in the persons hands as can be.
So before I make any attempt to talk about camera settings, light and set ups, lets think about how we first see a card when we hold it in our hands. We hold it close, normally looking at it straight on, perhaps with a slight dip in the viewing angle and maybe we will turn it to the side slightly to see all the details. That’s our aim when we take a picture isn’t it? We want to get across the feeling that the card is in the persons hands.
So lets put the card in place and then get down low with the camera so that we’re looking more or less straight on to the card. Something like this.
I like this, but my camera doesn’t have the amazing ability of a person’s eyes. Looking at the card straight on leaves everything a bit flat and two-dimensional.
By angling the card to the left, where there’s a window, all of a sudden there are shadows and highlights and the details and dimension of the card leap out. However, at this angle the light from the window is really hitting the card front and blowing out some of the fine details. I could try and solve that but also somehow I feel less engaged, surely this card is intended for the person sat to my left!
By pulling the angle of the card back a bit I hope to get the best of both worlds; there are soft shadows and dimension but the fine details are there (you can even see the slight texture on the cardstock) and also I still feel this card is for me :D Of course this is just my opinion and there are lots of great ways to photograph a card but whatever your preference maybe keep in mind that really what we are trying to do is connect with the person on the other side of the screen :)
Here’s a few examples of bloggers who I feel really connected to when I look at their posts; I want to be these girls when I grow up!
- Elena Roussakis seriously creates stunning photographs and her party tables are to die for!
- Laura Bassen gets amazing depth and atmosphere in her photographs
- Talking of depth and drama I’ve been a long term fan of Maile Belles
- Lea Lawson, well what can I say, Lea really knows her stuff being a professional photographer and boy does is show! Her cards for the Glitz Design Team, wow, just wow! If you were doing an online photography course Lea, I’d so be on it!
- Talking of Glitz, Jocelyn Olson – I think the whole of the Glitz Design Team have amazing photo skills. Wonder if when you join the team they send you on a course LOL.
So that’s me for today, I’d love to hear what works for you so feel free to drop a note in the comments. Again, I’m not trying to sell myself as a photography expert just trying to share what I’ve found works for me and I’d love to hear your thoughts :)
When I get around to writing my next instalment of photography ramblings I’m aiming to leave the camera out of it for another post and instead show you my set up …. I’m lucky to have a table in my room with a nice big window to the side and I will show you what works for me :) One note though; I’d love a beautiful room with white walls and white furniture, little pops of colour here and there *sigh*. The reality is I’ve a room filled with rejects from the rest of the house – lots of mismatched Ikea pieces to be precise. So I guess ‘please excuse the mess’ might be a good title for that post or ‘how to totally fake it’ LOL.
I’ll be back later in the week with a Clearly Besotted Challenge, also I’ll be joining Neat & Tangled again as their guest for the month and hopefully (postman please hurry up) lots of lovely new Simon Says Stamp goodies to show you! Eek! Until then have a great week :)
Here’s the camera gear I used:
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Here’s the craft items used: