Thursday, July 16, 2015

Technical Thursday - Letting Mom be in charge for a while

We let Mom take over this one since we couldn't care less about photography.  Here's Mom!

So, I have recently been working at expanding my skills in photography.  It seems that when you 

1) have a website

2) have a blog

3) have alot of family and animals

4) have stuff you want to save for later

photos are a great way to make those look good.  Once upon a time, back when the cameras took film and you had to pay to have it processed to see if anything was any good, I took snapshots.  Never anything fancy or technical and usually pretty bad. I guess I got tired of paying for red eyed or blurry pictures and just forgot about it.

A few years ago, when I started my business (I make dog clothes), I found out that it works a whole lot better if you can show people what you offer.  And good pictures make a huge difference.  The dogs have been my models and very patient with me for the most part.

I've been slowly working on my technique.  You know, lighting, angle, actually taking a shot that shows what you DO want to show and not what you DON'T want to show.  Still not very technical, but using a digital camera or my iPhone, they have been ok.

Lately, I'm learning that the iPhone and Instagram have alot of cool editing tools.  Then there are the apps like Picasa and PicMonkey that do more cool editing stuff.  I've been trying to up my game. 

I took this one last night at sunset with my iPhone.  Could be alot more clear, but I could crop, alter lighting and add effects.  Getting better.

In the blogging world, pictures are a central part of most of the posts.  And some of you people have some really fantastic, professional looking stuff.  It gives me something to aspire for.

This is one of our hay fields with sunflowers blooming.  It's  not bad, but it looked so much more stunning when I was actually there!  Still with the iPhone.

This one is up close and personal with the alfalfa in bloom.  Pretty, but you can't quite smell the aroma of the blossoms.  I think I need to use a good camera and really learn about all the ins and outs of good photography.

I actually bought a Canon Rebel XTi a while back, but stuck it on a shelf and forgot about it.  I always have my phone with me, but it takes conscious effort to have the camera with me.  

I think I should challenge myself to learn and use the Canon.  The more I take photos, not just pictures, but photos, the more I see the possibilities. 

I am officially challenging myself to pull out that camera and snap at least 10 pictures a week.  Who knows, I might find out just how fun it can be to use a fancy camera and take fantastic shots like the pros. Watch for further progress!

We're joining the Thoughtless Thursday Blog Hop hosted by Ruckus the Eskie and Owned by a Husky.  Check it out!


  1. The new iPhone is supposed to have an even better camera!

    1. I'm due for an upgrade. I'll have to check that out!

  2. Those pictures are really nice! It can be challenging to get good photos of moving targets. ;) It's really pretty there!

    1. Thanks! We love it here. It can be so breathtakingly beautiful at times. I find myself very challenged to really get the true feel of it.

  3. Thanks for joining our blog hop!! I think your photos are fantastic!! And yes, since blogging, I have learned SO much about photography, and editing etc.....if you ever have any questions, please feel free to ask, I will help if I can!!! Oh and BTW - I got the cool coat and collar in the mail, and will be posting about them all soon!!!!!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

    1. Thank you! I might take you up on that. And I'm glad you like the cool coat and collar. Can't wait to see the post.

  4. You should join the #52Snapshots of Life photo challenge, it's a good way to challenge yourself, and fun too.

    1. I joined it a couple weeks ago. I don't think I've been linking right but I think I'm getting it figured out. It is fun to see what I can come up with and also the creative stuff others come up with.