How did you become such an awesome cook? And you bakers out there, how did you become such talented bakers? Practice of course. I may sound like a broken record but the importance of practicing your photography cannot be stressed enough. Like anything else, the more you do it the better you become. Today’s Sunday Snapshots is a combination of snapshots and photography tips.
Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are enjoying longer days. Longer days mean more sunshine, which in turn means more hours to practice our photography. But remember that we don’t want direct sunshine on our subject. We want soft diffused light to prevent harsh shadows. (Extensive tutorial coming soon.)
This sunny day I took the opportunity to practice my photography and play around with new props. (The new props being these ceramic spoons.) But also my objective was to see how sunlight during this time of the day looked in my photos.
A great way of practicing and getting out of a rut is by experimenting with angles. Move around, above, below or straight onto your subject. Play around with the depth of field, see how it affects or what kind of mood is created by doing so.
Another way of practicing your photography is by experimenting with different backgrounds. In this case I’ve switched between two wooden tables. You can see here how the different colors and textures change the mood of the photos. The green leaves have also added another dimension to the photo.
In this shot, below, by angling the camera we can see more of the table’s texture. But also the angle has created a different direction of which the light is hitting the spoons. The color has also changed because the different angles bounce light off differently. Again these little things change the mood of the photo.
The last part of my practice session I had some fun with the photos. The way the golden late afternoon light was hitting the spoons created a romantic mood. I couldn’t help but see two spoon amantes or lovers…spooning. But seriously don’t ever forget that when it comes to your photography, having fun is the most important thing.
I hope you carve out some practice time this week. Have a fun Sunday everyone.