SLR Photography Guide - March Edition 2019

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A digital magazine for photographers. Featuring student images from our Online Photography Courses over at https://www.slrphotographyguide.com/photography-courses/

SLR PHOTOGRAPHY

GUIDE

MARCH

2019ISSUE

PersonalPhotography

PhotographyTips


2019

MARCHEDITION

EDITOR-TANYAPUNTTI

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Coverphoto/studentimagebyLeovanVuuren,SouthAfrica

f/5.6,1/400sec,ISO200


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Highlights

StudentimagebyJanaBurns

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StudentimagebyKim Carpenter,US

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StudentimagebySandieRead,AU

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StudentimagebyDianaShang,AU

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PersonalPhotography

writenbyEricKim

Iwanttoproposeanewschoolofphotographycaled“personalphotography.”

Ifyou’veeverwantedtofindmoremeaning,purpose,anddirectioninyour

photography,Irecommendyoutopursue“personalphotography.”

Whatexactlyis“personalphotography”?Tome,itisagenreofphotographythat

focusesonyourself,focusesonyourpersonallifeexperiences,focuseson

photographingyourlovedones,andtheotherelementsofyour“boring”and

everydaylife.

Inotherwords,keepitpersonal.


1.DISREGARDWHATOTHERSDO

Letmeoutlinethebiggestcausesofmiseryforphotographers:

1.Feelingthattheirgearisn’tgoodenough

2.Nothavingenoughfolowersonline

3.Nothavingothersappreciatetheirwork

4.Notmakingalivingfrom photography

5.Nothavingenoughtimetotakephotos

“Personalphotography”isbeingindiferenttothephotographyofothers;and

focusingonyourownphotographyandlife.


2.PHOTOGRAPHY=LIFE

Ithinkphotographyislife.Lifeisphotography.Theyareinterconnected.You

cannotseparatethem.

The#1goalinlifeistoliveagoodlife.Photographyisjustapartoflivingwel.

Forme,Iliketotakephotosbecauseitenhancesmyexperiences,Ifeelmore

fulypresent,Iappreciatesmalmundanepartsofmyday(mywifedrinkinga

cofee,medrinkinganiceespresso,ormywifegetingreadytogooutwithme).

Thesearealverypersonalthingsthathonestlynobodyelsegivesaflipabout.

ButIgiveaflip.Igivea“lot”offlips.

WhenIam onmydeathbed,I’m notgoingtocareaboutanyofthephotosIshot

WhenIam onmydeathbed,I’m notgoingtocareaboutanyofthephotosIshot

ofstrangersonthestreets.TheonlyphotosI’m goingtocareisaboutthe

photosofmylovedones.Yetmanyofusdon'ttakeenoughphotosofourloved

ones.


3.DON’TPHOTOGRAPHWHATOTHERSEXPECTYOUTOPHOTOGRAPH

Photographwhatyouthinkisgoingtobepersonaltoyou,ratherthanwhat

otherswilthinkisa“good”photo.

Imagineyoulivedinaworldwheresocialmediadidn’texist,andyouonlytook

photosthatyouwouldsee.Whatwouldyoucontinuetophotograph,what

wouldyoustarttophotograph,andwhatwouldyoustopphotographing?


4.DON’TCOMPAREYOURSELFWITHOTHERS

Wearealwayscomparingourselvestoothers.Wecompareourselvestoother

photographers,wefeellikeourcameraisn’tfancyorexpensiveliketheirs,we

wishwehadmorefolowers(oratleastasmuchasthem),andwewishthatwe

wereastalentedasthem.

Buteveryoneisdiferent.AreyoujealousofanNBAplayerbecausetheywere

born7foottal,whileyouareonly5foot10inches?Thatissomethingyou

don’thavecontrolover.

Similarly,someofusarebornintosituationswherewemightnotbeabletobe

theworld’s“best”photographer.Wemighthaveashityjobthatrequiresa

90-hourworkweek,wemighthavebabiestotakecareof,orwemightbe

missingoneeyewhichdoesn’tgiveusgooddepthperception.Orperhapsyou

wereraisedinanengineeringorientedfamilythathatedart;soyoumissedout

getingsomesortofartseducationwhenyouwereyoung.

Regardless,itmakesnosensetobejealousofotherphotographerswhoselife

circumstancesarediferentthanyours.

Thesolution?

Besatisfiedandcontentwiththelifeyoualreadyhave.

Trytoachieveyour“personamaximum”inyourownlifeandphotographic

abilities.Youweregivensomesortof“maximum capability”intermsofyour

photographyandartisticability.

Ratherthantryingtoachievewhatothershaveachieved,seeifyoucanreach

100% ofYOURpotential.


5.DON’TDEFINEYOURSELF

Sostripawayallabelsinyourphotography.“Streetphotography”,

“documentaryphotography”,“portraitphotography”,“weddingphotography”,

“landscapephotography”.

Alphotographyisphotography.

Even“personalphotography”isanotherlabelthatyouprobablyshouldn’tapply

toyourself.Justcalit“photography.”Orbeteryetdon’tcalit“photography.”

Calit“livingwel”,andtakephotosofyourselflivingwel.

Sopleasenomoredick-measuringcontestswiththecameraorlensyouuse.No

morebraggingabouthowmanyfolowersyouhaveonsocialmedia.Nomore

refreshingyourphoneevery5minutes,seeingifthereissomeonewhorecently

“liked”yourphoto,or"commented"onit.

I’m nottelingyoutogiveupsocialmedia.I’m justsayingtouseitmore

I’m nottelingyoutogiveupsocialmedia.I’m justsayingtouseitmore

mindfuly.Dothisandseehowmuchcleareryourmindandselfsatisfiedyou

become.


GETTING STARTED IN PERSONAL

PHOTOGRAPHY

Togetstartedin“personalphotography”,considerwhatyoufindmeaningfulin

yourlife.Whoareyourcloselovedones,andhowdoyourphotosreflectthose

relationships?

STEP1:NOTICE

Intoday’ssociety,weareconstantlybeingdistractedbyflashingnotifications,

emails,textmessages,socialmediaupdates,blogs,games,apps,and

advertisementsvyingforouratention.

PersonalyIhavefoundthatmostofmoderntechnologypreventsusfrom

noticingthebeautyinlife,especialywithinourlives.

To“notice”moreistoturnofyourtechnologyfrom timetotime.Sofor

examplewhenyou’reathome,turnofyourphone.Appreciatethecompanyof

yourlovedones,yourchildren,yourpartner,orfriends.Befulyengagedin

conversationwiththem,andknowhowto"focus"inyourinterpersonal

communications.

Furthermore,whenyou’reoutwalkinginthestreets,walkslowly,andlookal

aroundyou.Takea360degreeviewoftheworldaroundyouandtakemore

noticeofalinterestingthingsaroundyou.


Alotofphotographerscomplainthattheirhometownsaretoo“boring”to

photographandthattheirlivesaretoo“boring.”

Ithinkitisalaboutperspective.IhavefriendsinNYCwhofindit“boring”,

friendsinPariswhofindit“boring”,andfriendsinTokyowhothinkthecityand

theirlivesare“boring.”

“Boring”isjustastateofmind.Ifyouarelikeachild,everythingisinteresting.A

childisconstantlycurious,alwayswantingtolearnmore,andnoticeseverylitle

thing.


STEP2:APPRECIATE

Anotherpartof“personalphotography”istoappreciatethebeautyalaround

you.Sureyoucan"notice"thebeauty,butcanyourealy"appreciate"it?

Forme,Itakealotofthingsforgranted.Itaketheamazingpublic

transportationsystem forgranted,Itakemylovedonesforgranted,Itakemy

smartphoneforgranted,Itakemycameraforgranted,andItaketheinternetfor

granted.Ibecome“usedto”althesegreatmarvelsinmylife.

Toappreciatesomethingisquitedifficult.Asimpleexercisetobeterappreciate

thingsistovividlyimagineasifyoulostit.Forexample,tobeterappreciate

yourlovedones,imaginehearingiftheygothitbyadrunkdriver,howwould

youfeel?Andfurthermore,aretherecertainmomentsyouhadtogetherthatyou

wouldregretnotphotographing?

Everythinginlifeisfleeting,includingphotographs.ButIfeelthatthrough

“personalphotography”,documentingyourpersonalmomentshelpsyoubeter

appreciatethemoments.

Bybeingabletoidentify,“Thisisawonderfulmoment”ablesyoutonotonly

photographit,buttorelishinthemoment.


STEP3:DOCUMENT

Asphotographers,wearedocumenters.Wedocumenthistory,wedocument

thosearoundus,andwedocumentsocietyaroundus.Notonlythat,butweare

creative;wemakeart,weinterpret,andweanalyze.

Todocumentisthelaststepof“personalphotography.”Generalyifyouwantto

documentamomentfaithfuly,itistocomposeandframethescenewel.

Forexample,decidewhat'not'toincludeintheframe.Decidewhatisnot

interesting,thenonlyfocusontheessentialintheframe.

Ifeelthatphotographyismoreaboutsubtraction,ratherthanaddition.So

alwaysasktoyourself,“Isthisrealyanessentialpartoftheframe?CanI

removethissubject,element,ordistractionfrom thebackground?”

Byeliminatingdistractionsandnoise,youcanfocusonwhatisimportantinyour

photograph— yourmainsubject.Whatisessential,andtrulyimportanttoyou.

Needmoreinspirationforshootingpersonalphotography?

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StudentimagebyDoreenUrquhartBroughm,Canada

f/5,1/125sec,ISO3200,42mm focallength


StudentimagebyCarolHoliday,US


DianeColeman

Ljungquist

(studentprofile)

htps:/www.flickr.com/photos/147434414@N08/

It’sawonderfulthingtohavememberswhosignedupforourDSLRPhotography

coursefiveyearsago,whostilpartakeinourPrivateFacebookgroupand

helpinspireotherswiththeirimagesandkindwordsofsupport.Diane’sresponse

whenIaskedwhatherbestadviceis,sumsherupperfectly.Neverstoplearning,

don’tbecompetitivewithothersbutlearn/sharewiththem andalwayshavefun!


Howdidyoufirstbecomeinterestedinphotography?

IreceivedaPolaroidSwingerforChristmasasayoungteenager,ausedBrownie

boxcamerainHS,a35mm Nikonforcolegegraduation,adarkroom kitaftermy

firstjobandafulframecamerathefirstChristmasmyhusbandandIwere

together.Acamerahasrarelyleftmyhandssincemyfirstexperiencewithone.


Whatorwhoinspiresyou?

Somanytalentedfolks,includingyourselfTanya,inspiremetocontinualy

improve.Ilovesharingmyviewsintheworld.PriortoFB,mydadcreateda

familyinternetpagesowecouldsharephotosandstayclosetoeachother.He

andIweretheonesthatmemorializedourspecialfamilymoments.Althoughhe

haspassedaway8yearsago,Istilpostphotosandthink“Hopedadlikesthis

one”.


When


Howhasourphotographycoursehelpedyou?

ThefirstcourseIsubscribedtowastheDSLRcourse.Despitehavingbeen

interestedinphotographyformorethan40years,IrealizedIhadbeenstuckon

Autoforwaytoolong.OnceImovedtofulmanual,Icouldgetsomuchmore

creative.Imovedonto“EditlikeaPro”whichhelpedmemovebeyondjust

basicadjustments.Theamountofsupportandsharingofthegroupsare

amazing,too.Everycoursefrom Tanyahastruelybeenthebestever!


What’syourmostmemorablemoment?

MymostmemorablemomenthastobewhenIcapturedthetreeinScotland

wheremygrandpa’sasheswerescatered.Almostalmyfamilymembersalso

havethisphotodisplayed,becauseithassuchspecialmeaningtoalofus.My

grandmotherwhowaslegalyblindhadthephotohunginherkitchenwhere

shedrankhermorningtea.Shetoldmethatsheknewmygrandpawas“justup

theroad”waitingforher.


Yourfavouritelocation?

Myfavoritelocation .theresomanythatitishardtonamejustone.Myhusband

andIliketobikerideandhike.Ialwaystakeatleastonecameraonour

adventuressoanywherewearetogetherinnatureismyfavorite.IfIhavetopick

justone,theCanadianRockiesonour“BackroadsAdventure”wasafavorite!


Whatplansdoyouhaveforthefutureofyourphotography?

Iretiredabout18monthsagoafter39yearsinhealthcareadministration.I

alsoam anticipatingmy5thgrandchildinAprilsolotsoffamilyphotos.Ihave

startedtodofamily/wedding/portraitsforothersbuthavetroublecharging

forwhatIlovetodo.Iwouldlovetoholdbeginnersworkshopsorlead

adventurephotowalkstosharemypassionforphotography.


What’syourbestpieceofadviceforotherssofar?

Neverstoplearning,

don’tbecompetitivewithothers

butlearn/sharewiththem

andalwayshavefun!

ToseemoreofDiane’sworkvisit

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LearnmoreaboutourOnlinePhotographyCoursesoverat

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Reflections

ImagebyMarciaLoschiavo

ImagebyMerilynRichmond

ImagebyGingerHarter

ImagebyIleneHertz


Highlightsfrom lastmonth’schalenge

ImagebyTrishaOakes

ImagebySkMasonry(SKlimchuck)


Studentimageaboveby

JoanneSpiegel-Klausner,Canada

f/6.3,1/250sec,ISO100

Joanne’ssetupshowntotheleft.

Apieceofplexiglass,spraybotle

ofwaterandm&m’sonthetable

betweentheboxes.


StudentimagebyLoraineWiliams,AU

f/5.6,1/500sec,ISO350


PhotographyTips

1.Alwaysreviewpastphotosthatdidn’ttakeyoureyethefirsttimearound.If

you’relikemostphotographers,you’leditanduploadafewimagestosocial

media,thenstoretherestonhard-drivesformonths.Yourtasteschangeover

timeandyoumightfindsomerealgemswhenlookingbackoveroldphotos.

2.Don’tbeafraidtoflipanimagehorizontalyorverticalytoseeifitlooksany

beter.It’salwaysinterestingtoseepicturesandsituationsfrom adiferent

perspective.


3.Nexttimeyou’refacedwithacolourfulsunrise,whynottryapanningshot.

Whatyoudoismovethecamerasidewaysfrom righttoleftfor2seconds,

makingsureyouarecontinualymovingthroughouttheentireexposure.I

recommendusingatripodwithabalheadtohelpyoukeepthecameraonan

evenlevel(noupanddownmovement,onlysidewaypanning).Try30-40shots

andyoushouldendupwithsomekeepers.

4.Forotherpanningshots(folowingamovingsubject),useShuterPriority

Mode(TVorSdependingonyourcamerabrand).SetthelowestISOpossible

dependingonthelighting.StartwithShuterSpeed1/40sec.Usefocusing

modeAIServo(Canon),AF-C(Nikon)orthealternativeforotherbrands.Move

thecamerasidewayswiththesubjectandshootinburstmode.

LearnmoreaboutourOnlinePhotographyCourseoverat

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