Simply by reading blogs & various online articles, I've learned a lot over the past four years about photography. There's still so much I want to learn!
One of the main things I've learned is to avoid using the flash (when I can.)
Earlier today, I took the following picture of Harriet Hippo. This is how I used to take a picture--point the camera and click the button:
But the more I read about taking pictures, the more I came to value the use of natural light. (i.e., taking the picture without using the flash.) See what I mean?
As I took this second picture, a cute little someone realized there was a photo shoot going on and wanted in on the action.
Then, that cute little someone wanted to get a few portraits with Spesh*.
*Rhymes with Mesh. Short for "Special Baby." Spesh is Pumpkin's most precious baby doll & was a gift from Momma Frances.
The thing about not using the flash is, I really don't know how to avoid using it when there are events (specifically indoor events) I want to capture. Christmas morning. Birthday parties. Etc. Etc.
For those, I usually still use a flash. But not always. Still learning.
Anyway, over the years, I've bookmarked lots of great blog posts and websites which have good things to say about taking pictures. I'm going to post a few below. I'll add to this list as time goes on. If you have any great posts to add to this list, I'd love to know about them. Just leave me a comment or shoot me an email.
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How I Take Pictures, Posie Gets Cozy
First Flowery, Posie Gets Cozy
Camera FAQ, Confessions of a Pioneer Woman
Q&A, Tina Cockburn Photography
Homemade Bounce Flash, Petteri's Pontifications (I haven't tried to make one of these, but I'd like to. I like the pricetag on this particular piece of photography equipment.)
Photo Tips, Little Birds
Here's Marla, Fly Through Our Window
Photography Articles, Two Peas in a Bucket (There is SO much good information here. And all of it is very easy reading--not a lot of technical jargon.)
Clickin Moms (I am not a member. But it does look interesting.)