Photography has never been my thing. I can appreciate good photography, sure, but do it myself? Nah, I’ve been content with family snapshot-quality photos. I have a pretty good little camera David bought me a few years back, a Canon PoweShot A510, but never bothered reading the manual or doing anything other setting it to “auto” and maybe turning the flash on and off on occasion.
When deciding to start up the new biz, I looked around at what I thought were successful ones or at least ones that appealed to me, trying to find what they all had in common. I did this for months. What did I find? Great photography! That was an absolute in all of them. Good products are, of course, needed but good products won’t sell without great photos.
I’ve been reading, reading, reading on various photography skills. I’ve been playing with my camera, getting to know it better. I still haven’t read the manual all of the way through but I’m working on it, bit by bit. I’m staring to lose my fear of playing with the zillion buttons and settings on the camera. I’m not good yet but I do sometimes stumble upon a good photo so that’s an improvement.
On top of that, I’m now starting to learn Photoshop, beyond simple cropping & resizing. With Steve’s help, I’m also building a miniature photography studio in the greenhouse for controlled conditions. I’m hoping to get that finished this weekend (the greenhouse is trashed!) and will post pics of it for you.
This morning, I practiced a bit on macros in low lighting. These flowers are about the size of a quarter.
Not too bad but there’s still plenty of room for improvement.
Another thing I need to really work on is placement and posing of things, maybe props. Taking photos of cloth things is not so easy, I’m finding. It slouches and wrinkles, poofs and smooshes. Oy. Still, I think I’m getting better. It’s going to take quite a bit more learning and experimenting until it becomes second nature — or even sixth nature. (If you’re really bored, click on the Artfire shop link at the top of the right sidebar to see my progress this week alone.)