Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A Resolution Reviewed

In 2012 I set the goal to get better at photography and I worked on increasing my skills, my understanding, and challenging myself.      In 2012 I learned how to shoot in manual mode (all on my own!) I took two photography classes through ClickinMoms  and loved them!   I learned about back button focusing and I expanded my photography subjects and started taking pictures for other people.  
1/50s, f/5.0, ISO: 3200
Can I just say that before I decided to really get serious about learning - I had no idea about the best way to achieve good light!   The above setting are a testament to that!   Goodness.  Sometimes though I still got lucky with those settings.  It's a smart camera after all! I did know that those three items could be manipulated to do it and I knew what they all did - but I just didn't know the best way to get the best light.   Sometimes I had good light and could achieve good shots like this one (taken 2 days earlier.)
1/125, f/3.5, ISO: 1600
At the end of the month I set my resolution for 2012 (yes at the end of January.)  And I started studying.   I switched to specific point focusing, then moved into manual mode.   A few months into 2012 I upgraded my lenses and kicked it up a notch more with clicking and studying the photos.

1/180s, f/1.8, ISO: 400

1/750s, f/3.5, ISO: 100

1/180s, f/13.0, ISO: 100
I did challenges from various blogs, ClickinMoms, and other places to help challenge myself into new ways to do things: shadows, stopping motion, etc..  It was fun to try and manipulate my camera to achieve these.  :)

My first newborn shoot!
In June I had the pleasure of photographing the seven-day-old cutie: Savannah along with her family.  It was a lot of fun, great learning experience, and did I mention sooo much fun!  Their house has such amazing lighting!   

1/500s, f/4.0, ISO: 400
In July I was asked by my church to photograph our VBS program and I had SUCH a great time doing it!   It was a fun challenge (churches are dark!) and that brought an excellent opportunity excuse to buy my external flash and learn to use it as well.  
1/750s, f/1.8, ISO: 800
At the end on of July I took an online photography class and I'm so glad I did!  It was great to be challenged and have feedback.  This was my third week's assignment photo - there is no editing in this shot. 
1/250s, f/2.0, ISO: 800

1/125s, f/2.8, ISO: 800

I enjoyed very much doing a One Year Old shoot with a cake smash!  She was so sweet and it was fun to watch her munch on the cake.  :) Messy!!! 

A few weeks later I did another smash session for my friend Katie and her two year old daughter Kennedy!  I struggled in post processing a lot with this shoot - the yellows were killing me! 

1.5s, f/4.5, ISO: 100

1.5s, f/3.5, ISO: 100
Disneyland!  What a better place to do some motion shots!!!   I was particularly happy because I knew exactly what to do to achieve them! :)

I did some family shots for my friend Carrie and her family while down in So Cal.   Their little girl is super cute!

1/250s, f/1.4, ISO: 400

1/90s, f/3.5, ISO: 200 (with external flash)

1/45s, f/3.5, ISO: 200
Final photos of 2012 and the one of Mae might be my favorite of the year.    The final shot of our family was achieved with a timer and a tripod.  :)   It was a good year of education in photography and I am so thankful for the loving husband that was happy to entertain the shutter clicking, the dollar spending investing, and being the subject matter far more than he would choose to.  Can't wait to further improve in 2013!

I call 2012's resolution a success!   Now what to choose for 2013?! :)

1 comment:

Carrie said...

I have to say that I'm very proud of all you've accomplished this year in your photography. You definitely have an eye for it. It's nice talking to someone who knows what they're doing and is intentional about their shots. We had such a great time being the subjects of your creativity :).