Life lessons in photography

Photography has been a big part of my life for many years now. Throughout these years, I have grown and learned more than I imagined I could. It has been quite the journey, and I’ve had my camera with me through every big event.


So, what has photography taught me throughout life?

  • To keep my eyes open. Always be aware of my surroundings and the people around me.
  • To capture the moment, but don’t let the camera overtake the moment.
  • Everyone has a story, and everyone is unique.

The Digital Photography School wrote up an article similar to this. They wanted to share what life lessons can teach you about photography. A few that they selected were:

  • Say “thank you!” more often. Tip: When someone compliments your work, say, “thank you!” with a big smile, and nothing more.
  • Charge what you’re worth. Tip: Evaluate your pricing.

There are so many things that photography can teach us. What has it taught you?

Here comes the sun

As we approach Spring Break next week, the sun is finally coming out to play. Even though there is still a tiny bit of snow on the ground, I am completely ecstatic with today’s weather. I hope wherever you are at that the sun was shining for you.

I know that I have covered shooting photos in snow a handful of times, but now that spring is approaching, we need to know how to properly shoot in the sunlight.

I’m sure we’ve done it all: the sun behind the subject and then the photo comes out as a silhouette, or the subject is facing the sun and they can’t see so they squint (I have been in a photo like this and it was absolutely terrible.. check it out below). So what can we do to fix these problems?

No one enjoyed this, unfortunately.

To fix the back-lit silhouette problem:

Unless you are purposely taking a silhouette photo, you probably want to fix this. Most people are told to shoot with the sun behind them, so that the subject is well lit. In cases such as the photo above, that doesn’t always work out. In order to fix this, you can put the sun behind the subject and use your flash to fill in the shadows.

To fix the front-facing sun problem:

The above option to fix the silhouette problem can also be used in this situation. If that isn’t up your alley, you can always find a shady spot to move your subject, that way you’ll both be more comfortable for the photo.

There are a handful of more ways to improve your photography in sunlight. I hope to utilize them over Spring Break while I’m on a cruise! Are you going to a sunny spot for your upcoming break as well? Share some of your awesome photos when you get back and I’ll be sure to reciprocate!

Living in Indiana brings…

Snow. And lots of it. So why not take advantage of its beauty and venture out into the cold for some awesome photos?

I’ve always had trouble photographing in the snow because I could never get the correct exposure. The snow either looked overwhelmingly bright, or way too dark.

taylorsnow   taylorsnow1

These two photos are ones that I took a few years back when I was still quite ignorant on how exactly to use my Nikon. I was playing around with it and taking pictures of my friend in the snow. As you can see, the exposure isn’t quite right and these photos would look much better had it been correct.

You can hardly make out the footprints that she left in the snow in the photo on the left. The photo on the right is just kind of mucky looking. Neither of these photos have attractive snow.

Alas, there is hope. Fellow blogger Katie McEnaney wrote up a list of tips while shooting snow. Her list includes all kinds of tips from adjusting exposure to using flash to help capture the moment. Here is one of my favorites that she shared:

snow-flash-9296Such a gorgeous shot that was captured with the help of some flash. All it takes is just a few changes, and you could have a gorgeous snow shot, too!

Help, I’ve been framed!

You may think of a frame as being those four sided little rectangle things we put photos in to hang pictures in our homes. The thing with photography, though, is that anything can be a frame, and it doesn’t have to have four sides. Neat, huh?

I came across a really cool article from the New York Institute of Photography that lists 8 framing secrets for creating interesting portraits. There are so many neat ways you can frame your subject in your photo, you just have to be creative!

I found this image online and loved it! It’s such a beautiful photo and shows a great use of framing. The bridge frames the couple on both sides, which leads them to be the center of attention.

I’ll be sure to try out some new framing techniques here soon! If you have any fun photos that you shot using these creative methods, please feel free to share! I love seeing other people’s work!

Happy framing!