Posts tagged depth of field
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

100 Hours in Martha's Vineyard

In August, I had the chance to visit the infamous Martha’s Vineyard. You may know it as the whale shaped island off the coast of Massachusetts in the USA that is known for its beautiful summer vacationing and where Obama spends his summers. But, if you are like me, you’ll know it as the filming location for Jaws. My friend Jesse has vacationed here every summer since she was a child and (finally!) invited me along to spend a few days between work to check it out and as always, take some photos. 

We drove down on a warm summer morning, leaving her house in Toronto for a 9 hour drive filled with a cooler full of snacks, an empty memory card for photos and a car with 8 seats packed full of beach balls, clothes and blankets. Since Martha’s Vineyard is an island, the 9 hour drive ends at a ferry port. You load the car onto a ferry which takes about 30 minutes and arrives at the wondrous exhibition of all things summer. Yes, Martha’s Vineyard embodies everything you hope a summer vacation place would. Margaritas, Beaches, Seaside Life, Boats, Sun, Laughter, and most importantly, food (lots of it too!). 

There were two places that I explored the most during my (short) time there; Oak Bluffs and Edgartown. Let me explain by my definition of each. Oak Bluffs is the equivalent to Universal Studios’ City Walk. Lots of cheap alcohol and themed restaurants all packed from morning to evening with tourists from all over. A few rides here and there, some concerts, fireworks and entertainment overload. Edgartown is quite the opposite, its exactly like Universal Studios’ main park but the subsection where the Jaws ride used to live (RIP Jaws ride- you will always be my favourite). 

Side Note: You know why the Jaws ride was my favourite? It was one of those fake guided tour rides where you explore Captain Brody’s home town and see the famous landmarks where Jaws killed people and things… yet it turns into a horrible, tragic accident where Jaws 2.0 (an animatronic shark who I was scared s***less of) comes out of the water multiple times and tries to eat your boat. After 3 or 4 visits to the ride, you know the lines, the story and the best scare moments. So, instead of looking out at the ride when you are on the boat, you would look onto the parents who would bring their young children (there was no minimum age to ride) and sit them at the side where the shark would jump up. Since you were trapped inside for the duration of the ride, you would watch as the parents had a moment of realization that this ride may not in fact be for their 3 year old child. Screaming inside and a lot of laughter from the back of the boat where my parents and I would reside and kick back. Now that’s all gone and everything is kid-friendly- blah boring… but I digress.

So, Edgartown is like the beginning of that ride where everything is peachy keen and perfect. Beautiful white picketed fences, manicured lawns, colourful flowers and colonial, traditional Americana houses group together to form a neighbourhood unlike any other in America. 

Each wouldn’t really be able to exist without the other- Edgartown would be too pretentious and Oak Bluffs would be too touristy but because they coexist its the perfect place to let your wild side out at Oak Bluffs and have your morning coffee in Edgartown at one of the many quaint but beautiful shops about.

In each of my 4 days, I practiced different things with my camera. We biked everywhere so at most I carried a travel tripod, an ND filter, a body and my 50mm 1.4, 24-105mm f4 lenses. I used Jesse as my model (as per usual) and practiced retouching at night, some astrophotography and landscape shots for my stock photography collection. 

I hope you can catch a glimpse of what Martha’s Vineyard is like from the photos below!

Enjoy,

Inde x