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LEARNING PHOTOGRAPHY

Hello hello!

I hope your new year so far is filled with lots of learning and capturing these winter months- wherever you may be! It's always important to keep pushing yourself to learn more about your own style as an artist as well as your camera. I will be uploading some more advanced classes over the next few months to further your in-camera photography skills! If you haven't checked out all of my beginner classes thus far, here is a rundown of some of the ones that may be beneficial!

 

Lens Choice: A Beginner's Guide

This class is perfect for anyone looking at what a lens is, how it functions and what it does to your image. It covers the A- Z of focal lengths, primes and zooms and is a great introduction to the subject which will leave you wanting to do your own tests. We do a portrait comparison test with different focal lengths as well as a technical explanations to help you with a well-rounded approach to lens choice.

 

Advanced Lens Choice

The follow- up class, Changing your Model's Features, is a more advanced approach that deals with choosing a lens and its relationship to the height of the camera to either heighten or subside your model's features. This is great for anyone looking to go the next step further and learn a quick tip that will change your subject's features within the camera. We set up a portrait test to compare and contrast the effects on different focal lengths as well as critically analyze the images to interpret the different moods the photos have.

 

Lenses 101: Shooting with Primes

Shooting with Primes is all about prime lenses. What exactly is a prime lens? How does it differ from a zoom and why would you want to shoot with one? We talk through a portrait shoot with different primes comparing their effects and our relationship to our subject. We also discuss how we would select primes for a shoot and what different primes can do to your image. It's the go-to class for prime lenses!

 

Lenses 101: Creativity with Vintage Lenses & DIY Filters

This final class is the DIY approach to selecting lenses and filters. How do we get creative effects in camera with our lenses? We speak about special effects we can get with unique lenses and how to get creative with at home materials to give our images a different mood or creative effect. This is perfect for anyone looking to add an effect in camera as well as experiment before they get to post production.

In addition to these, I have my original beginner classes focused on the general settings of the camera and developing your portfolio.

Automatic to Manual Mode: The 3 Things You Need to Know

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to post a discussion on the class page! I am happy to critique your photos from these classes if you need help too!

Happy Shooting! x

 

 

 

 

 

Getting Started

Someone recently asked me for some "starting out" tips on photography. What do you do to start shooting something? How do you shoot something? Ect. Now these tips are what I am recommending, everyone has a different approach to learning!

Here are some of my tips if you love photography and want to shoot more that you are happy with:
- Learn what you love about photography and what subjects you want to start shooting in! (Is it nature, street, landscape, time-lapse, portraiture, newborn ect.) I use creativelive.com for the most fantastic seminars on all aspects of photography. Check out their website for live feeds and if you missed them, go to their YouTube channel for quick summaries. 


- Learn the basics of your camera in manual mode (only manual mode). Restrict yourself to using the "M" dial of your camera from now on. Learn about shutter speed, aperture (depth of field too!), ISO, white balance ect.


- Once you have learned via book and internet and playing around, GO OUT AND SHOOT! Bring your camera everywhere and shoot everything you love. Get home, get an editing software and edit like crazy. Something I learned recently is that taking the photo is only 75% of the final photo. The photo is really done once you have brought it into your software, played around with your shadows, highlights, colours, foreground, background and choose stylistic features that set your photography apart from others! (I use Lightroom and Photoshop to edit all my photos.)
- Critique your own work. Go through the reject pile of your photos and see what you like and don't like. 


- Your phone is a camera. Think of your phone from now on as a camera and wear it as an accessory all day every day and start looking up more, down more, all around more and get off snapchat. This will help you not only discover the world around you, but discover what you love about it. Find interesting things you haven't seen before. There have been 1 or 2 days in the past month that I didn't bring my camera out with me and I regretted it so much. There is always a sunset to photograph, there are always interesting people in the city and there is always a moment that needs capturing. So bring your camera everywhere.


- If you work 9-5 and can't bring your camera with you, set time aside each week to photograph something new. Maybe its 30 minutes, maybe its 4 hours or an afternoon out on a Saturday. Find a reason to bring your camera out and you'll be experiencing new things in return.


- Shoot a variety of stuff. Don't just shoot the top of a skyscrape from across the street, go right in front go the glass building and put your camera on the glass and aim it up and see what happens. Take a different approach with multiple risks in framing and composition. 


-Learn from the photographer's you love. Take a photo you like of theirs and mimic it through composition and exposure to get the same thematic feel. Don't always do this but use it as a way to experiment with your own style. 


-Get a few friends you admire and have a photoshoot with them! Everyone is more comfortable with their friends so use that to your advantage and do some cool shots that you wouldn't dare try with strangers!


-READ READ READ! Never stop reading about photography, watching films, going to art exhibitions. Immerse yourself in culture and people and you will never stop being inspired by everyday's little things.

This should get anyone started that wants to photograph more!
The key in two words is: GO SHOOT! NOW! (okay maybe three. depending on how reluctant you are to shoot.)

I will post more on technical stuff and kit in the next few days.

Happy shooting!
Inde x

Helios 44-2 | First Look

At the beginning of December I purchased a vintage lens on Etsy called a Helios 44-2. Its a 58mm, f2, manual lens once made in the USSR. I bought it after reading about its cult following through its ability to create "swirly" bokeh. They say any one of these lenses with a "0000" at the start represent ones given to Communist party members. 

It finally arrived in the mail on Monday and I have been shooting a variety of tests. However, last night, I did a simple lighting test with a single lamp, flagging off the sides, sometimes shooting through shapes. It's fair to say I have fallen in love with the results. Creamy skin tones, beautiful fall off and an overall nice contrast. 

Note: A few months later in Argentina, I found the original camera body and another lens for only $15 CAD. Obviously, I had to add it to my collection! It was just sitting in this antique market in a box with other old cameras on SALE!

For more information on the Helios 44-2:
http://digital-photography-school.com/creating-swirly-boke…/

In addition, I shot some outdoor tests when making one of my photography classes. Here are a few stills from the video. Incredible right?