If you have visited here before, you can probably see that I have changed the name of the blog again. I started blogging at 4URuthie to tell the story of our journey to adopt our 1st daughter. I changed it to Mountains for Maggie when we were praying for God to move mountains on behalf of our 2nd daughter. Well now it is no longer just Ruthie’s or Maggie’s stories. It is now our family's story, and the stories of those we share life with, as we Conquer Mountains together. Both ConqueringMountains.net and 4URuthie.blogspot will lead here.

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I am a pastor's wife, mother of 4 kids (2 adopted and 3 with special needs), physical therapist, and photography junky. This is where it all comes together for me. Feel free to join along as I process life out loud.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Wordless Wednesday- Whatever! Let's Talk Photography

I asked my wonderful facebook friends to share their favorite photography tips. Some of them were so good that I wanted to share them with you. Enjoy! Oh and I will post mine at the end with some pictures I took lately.

Here is what my facebook friends said:
1. Be patient and wait for the right light outdoors. Sunrise and sunset are good time to shoot
2.Take lots of pictures and get up close
3.Focus on the eyes. It helps highlight the emotion and really draws in the viewers eye
4.I agree, need nice sunset (or sunrise) light...editing-not too much
5. Learn to use CS5 for editing. Layers, layer masks, & working with levels can make a world of difference.
6. I've used Photoshop for the past 22 years. My Advice when Using Photoshop - for quick color correction. I use the curves adjustments. Always make a duplicate layer of your original. Use the history palette - with that you can go back to where you liked your photo adjustments before you went beyond the best
7.Take lots of pictures...the more you take, the more likely there will be what I call "ahhh" pictures! You know, when your scrolling through the pics and you get to one that makes you pause because it's magic~just the right light, just the right expressions, just the right exposure, just the right picture....oh, and like others have said, get close
8. Head to the solid shade when outside. and look into your subjects eyes and walk around them see where the "catchlights" come out to play. that spark in their eyes that makes them look lively.
9. Rule of 1/3s when shooting pics! Play, play, play! Everyone has their own techniques in Photoshop.


Now for my part:
1. Know Your Camera! I have had an SLR for 7 years and I am just now really learning how to use it right. Over the past few weeks I ventured out and turned the little dial from automatic mode to aperature priority and I have loved the results. Everything from color to resolution has been better. I want a new camera, but I refuse to let myself get one until I have exhausted my understanding of this one

2. Move Move Move! I try and move around a lot so I can catch different angles or views. That seems to be helping me lately

3. MckMama Tutorials! My neighbor tipped me off to a photography blog with good tutorials and she just happens to use my camera and my new lens. You can link to her stuff at http://mycharmingkids.net/category/photography-lessons/


NOW FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO COULD CARE LESS WHAT I HAVE TO SAY AND JUST STOPPED BY TO SEE THE CUTE CHINESE KID, HERE YOU GO! HOW DID I KNOW THAT ABOUT YOU? I HAVE SO BEEN THERE!







2 comments:

Amy said...

LOVE the last picture!!! Good job :)

Lisa said...

How is it possible that we were in the same travel group to China and I never knew you blogged? I have often wondered how Ruthie was doing and I'm thrilled to know that she is doing beautifully! It was great to catch up with you. I'm so glad I stumbled onto here from the Walrond's blog!

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