Since intention of this blog is to share what is going on in my little world, thought it was about time to do this post. I have been participating in online photography classes for 2 1/2 years now. It all started when I was going through chemo. It has been a rewarding experience, learned a lot, and most importantly have met some beautiful people in the process. This year I’m participating in a class called Be Still 52, with Kim Klassen. She is the person I took my first online class from and she continues to inspire. Be Still is a year-long course with a class each week. It focuses on Still Life photography, but because its Kim, it is of course much more than than. I am in week 4 and thought I’d share this week’s lesson with you. We were asked to explore points of focus, move around, try different angles, and different processing techniques. One of my goals for this class is to define/refine my own sense of style. To that end, the above picture is my favorite point of view. I like looking in, cropping the image tight, with a shallow depth of field. My intent is for the viewer’s eye to move into the image. The image was taken 105 macro @ f/4.5, ISO 200 @ 1/160 sec. I also applied Kim’s preset ‘like a dream’ while processing.
I am of course exploring other points of view and processing techniques such as these:
All three of these images are taken from above, looking down. It’s a great point of view to really study elements in an image. The top left I focused on a bit of the flower blossoms. Taken w/ 35 @ f/3.5, ISO 200 @ 1/250 sec. I used Kim’s preset ‘olden days’. I like the vintage feel that preset gave the image.
The bottom left I moved things around slightly, and focused on more of the flower blossoms. Taken w/ 35 @ f/3.5, ISO 200, 1/320 sec. No preset or texture was applied.
The image on the right I focused on the book. Taken w/ 35 @ f/3.5, ISO 200 @ 1/320 sec. I also applied Kim’s ‘waterfront1’ texture – but removing the texture from the tea, book, and flowers.
So much to learn but I am enjoying the process and the camaraderie with my fellow sister photographers. I am truly grateful.
Have you taken any online classes? What has been your experience? Thanks for stopping by.