One thing that helps me, with my photography, more than anything else is helping others with their photography. I love to go out to shoot with friends. Photography excites me so much that sometimes I can’t control my enthusiasm! It just bubbles out!! Lol
I love to learn new techniques or skills in photography. Once I do learn something new, I can’t wait to share it with anybody who will listen! It’s fun to go out with somebody to put the new technique into practice. It’s this repetition of the new skill that reinforces it in me. Having to describe the steps repeatedly, makes them stick in my own head.
Going through these steps with others, slows me down and keeps me in the present moment. I find it meditative. I know this is a side benefit of teaching but slowing down also makes me sure that I don’t miss any of the details in taking a photograph. Such as checking the corners of my frame and turning off image stabilization when I’m using a tripod.
In addition to these things, teaching others or just going out with friends, gives me the motivation to go out to shoot--especially at 5 o’clock in the morning! Sometimes, it’s hard to find the energy to get up early but knowing that somebody else is relying on me gets me moving.
So, THANK YOU to all those who’ve been teaching me photography!
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I confess… I love to make long exposures. It’s not something I do a lot, but I love the effect. The dreamy look of this photo is achieved by taking a long exposure. A long exposure is when you leave the shutter of your camera open for a longer period of time than the normal fraction of a second. In order to capture this image, I put my camera on a tripod and left the shutter open for nearly 30 seconds. This allowed the water to blur each time the ocean waves rushed towards the beach.
This sunrise photo was taken in Stone Harbor, NJ. It was taken before the sun rose—it was still quite dark and in order for the image to be seen, by the sensor, the shutter needed to remain open longer than it would have had the sun been up.
Had the sun been up, I would have used an ND filter to make the shutter stay open. An ND filter reduces the light hitting the shutter. It is similar to sunglasses for your eyes. It shades the front of the lens requiring the shutter to stay open.
I like this picture because the sky is still in focus despite the long shutter. A lot of the time, the clouds would have blurred too (given that clouds move in the sky), but the sky was very still this day. As I mentioned above, I like the dreamy quality to the bottom half of the picture. It looks foggy around the rocks. I also like the colors. What do you think of this image? Do you like the long exposure—or would you have preferred to see the waves crashing? That would have been a completely different picture. What are your thoughts?
This image is one of my first attempts at using a flash in my photography. Not knowing where to start, I watched a lot of videos and found an image that I wanted to try to duplicate.
When I first started photography that is something that did—try to duplicate the work of someone that inspired me. It was part of my learning experience. I learned composition and techniques by trying to copy others. I’ve always put my own twist on the work, but I definitely found my inspiration from others.
As I’ve progressed, I’ve tried to move past using other people’s photography and made my own creations. That is part of the learning process and growth. I find that it feels good to be creative. I feel as though I can fully take ownership of what I make.
Now, as I’m learning to use flash, I find myself reaching back to others for inspiration. Although I can’t take credit for the idea behind this picture, I am working towards making my own original work. To progress to that point is what it’s all about—growing and making one’s own creations.
What Is This Page?
Since I love photography and teaching, I thought I would start a Blog page and share how I take my images, what I was thinking and about me.