Week 29 – Bright – Effectively using color in images

This week’s prompt was “Bright” – another easy one right? Well, that depends – it’s not easy to convey a bright subject in an image.  Correct exposure is key and somethings the Auto Exposure features of our cameras can get it wrong.

Bright by Debbie Butler

Bright by Debbie Butler

 

Image Stats:

Shutter Speed: 1/250

Aperture: f/13

ISO: 200

If you would like to hear my critique of Debbie’s shot please click on the video below.

 

Join the #Take52 Weekly Photo Challenge  –  we’d love to have you! You can find out how it works and sign up here to receive my the weekly prompts via email and to get access to our private Facebook group. It’s a great community and a wonderful place to learn and improve your photography.

Happy Snapping!

Ingrid Owens CameraShy

Abstract Photography – Take 52 Week 28

I’m in love with this week’s image from Take 52 Challenge Anne Payne.  The theme for week 28 was water and although we had many many entries of beautiful water vistas it was this one of rain streaming down a windshield that captured me.  Sometimes we struggle so much as photographers with the technical settings, and how to take the picture just right that we forget that photography is truly a creative art form and there is beauty in everything that you create.

Water by Anne Payne

Water by Anne Payne

Image stats:

Aperture:f/8.3

Shutter Speed: 1/15 sec

ISO: 500

Anne demonstrates in this image that your subject doesn’t have to be clear  – it’s the feelings created that matter.

To listen to my full critique of Anne’s image please click on the video below.

 

If you would like to join the #Take52 Weekly Photo Challenge then we’d love to have you! You can find out how it works and sign up here to receive my the weekly prompts via email and to get access to our private Facebook group. It’s a great community and a wonderful place to learn and improve your photography.

Happy Snapping!

Ingrid

 

Take52 Critique Week 27: Trio

Things always look better when arranged in 3s so that’s where I came up with the the theme for this week – Trio.

This week’s image from Karen Farrell is a beautiful composition of three people, unposed and natural with beautiful subject placement.

3 college students sitting on the grass

Trio by Karen Farrell

Image Stats

Shutter Speed: 1/800

Aperture: f/1.8

ISO:100

To listen to my critique of Karen’s image please click on the short video below.

 

If you would like to join the #Take52 Weekly Photo Challenge then we’d love to have you! You can find out how it works and sign up here to receive my the weekly prompts via email and to get access to our private Facebook group. It’s a great community and a wonderful place to learn and improve your photography.

Happy Snapping

Ingrid Owens CameraShy

Week 26: Artificial

 

This week’s theme was Artificial and the image that I chose to critique is from Julianne Anderson.

Julianne Anderson

Image Stats:

Shutter Speed: 1/125

Aperture: f/4.5

ISO 400

Click on the video below to hear my thoughts on Julianne’s image.

If you would like to join the #Take52 Weekly Photo Challenge then we’d love to have you! You can find out how it works and sign up here to receive my the weekly prompts via email and to get access to our private Facebook group. It’s a great community and a wonderful place to learn and improve your photography.

Happy Snapping!

Ingrid Owens CameraShy

Critique – Take 52 Challenge Week 25

This week’s image is from Kelly Meek Lagac and our theme was Bendy.  I think she captured it brilliantly don’t you?

Little girl doing gymnastics

Bendy by Kelly Meek Lagac

ISO – 110

Shutter Speed: 1/1000

Aperture: f/4.2

To hear what I had to say about Kelly’s image please click on the video below:

If you would like to join the #Take52 Weekly Photo Challenge then we’d love to have you! You can find out how it works and sign up here to receive my the weekly prompts via email and to get access to our private Facebook group. It’s a great community and a wonderful place to learn and improve your photography.

Happy Snapping!

Ingrid Owens CameraShy

Demystify your DSLR camera – Basic DSLR Course

Summer is here and photo opportunities are abound.  And now is a great time to start learning how to capture those memories in the way that you experienced them.  No longer be intimated by your fancy DSLR camera. No longer be stuck in the Green Box Setting afraid of changing it in case you do something wrong.

By taking my Demystify your DSLR course you can begin right away to learn all about your camera in a fun and relaxed way.

No class times.

No schedule.

little girl holding a big DSLR camera

Is your DSLR intimidating?

Just 4 modules to consume at your leisure and lots and lots of practice.

If you think you’d like to know more about my Demystify your DSLR course, then you can check out all the information here and get started today!

As always, just let me know if you have any questions!

Ingrid

P.S. Start anytime, take as long as you like to complete and review as often as you need to  http://camerashycourses.com/demystify/

Take 52 Weekly Photo Critique – Silhouette

This week’s theme gave us another little insight into the lives of challengers – Week 25: 5 O’Clock

The image below that I choose to critique is by Barbara Keusch and is a great example of a silhouette.

Silhoutte of a Mockingbird feeding its young in the evening

Week 25: 5 O’Clock by Barbara Keusch

 

Image Stats:

Shutter Speed: 1/1000

Aperture: f/5.6

ISO: 200

If you would like to try to capture a silhouette image, remember to shoot a backlit subject and deliberately underexpose your image.  You can do this even in Program Auto mode. Check out my video post which explains how to use Exposure Compensation for this.

Click on the video below to hear my critique of Barbara’s shot.

 

If you would like to join our Take 52 Weekly Photo Challenge we’d love to have you! You can click here to find out more  and sign up to receive the weekly theme via email and get access to our  private Facebook Group.  It’s a really excellent way to improve your photography 🙂

Happy Snapping

Ingrid Owens CameraShy

Take 52 Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 23 – Selfie

Everyone’s a photographer these days  – right? And when you’re scrolling through your facebook timeline it feels like everyone’s favorite subject is themselves! So it was only natural that we had to have the prompt “Selfie” one week.  The funny thing is that most of the photographers in the Take 52 Challenge were a little CameraShy about their selfie. Most definitely prefer to be behind the camera, rather than in front of it.

The image I chose for this week’s critique is from the very awesome Challenger Michelle Burgess.  Michelle’s image is way more than a selfie. Her use of lighting in her image creates a dramatic effect full and creates a sense of mystery and a little melancholy.

Self portrait of woman in black and white, side lit

Half of me by Michelle Burgess

Camera Settings

Focal Length:40mm

Shutter Speed: 1/80

Aperture: f/2.8

ISO: 200

Click on the video below to hear my critique of Michelle’s image and thanks to Michelle for sharing this beautiful photo with us.

 

If you would like to join the #Take52 Weekly Photo Challenge then we’d love to have you!  You can find out how it works and sign up here to receive my the weekly prompts via email and to get access to our private Facebook group.  It’s a great community and a wonderful place to learn and improve your photography.

Happy Snapping

 

Ingrid Owens CameraShy

 

Take 52 Challenge – Week 22: Inspired

Getting inspiration for your photography can sometimes be a tricky thing.  We all know the frustration that sometimes comes with trying to figure out what exactly to photograph. This week’s theme was all about that – Week 22: Inspired.

Wendy Dunne did an excellent job at capturing this week’s theme with her beautiful image below.  Wendy achieved that slightly worn look to her image by using a texture in the editing process to wonderful effect.  This is a great example of something so simple and everyday can look so beautiful.  You can check out more of Wendy’s work over at her blog Got the Shot

White jug of flowers on white background

Inspired by Wendy Dunne

Camera Settings

Focal length: 90mm

Shutter Speed: 1/100

Aperture: f/7.1

ISO: 100

Click on the video below to hear my critique of Wendy’s image.

 

If you would like to join the #Take52 Weekly Photo Challenge then come on! You can find out how it works and sign up here to receive my the weekly prompts via email and to get access to our private Facebook group. It’s a great community and a wonderful place to learn and improve your photography.

Happy Snapping!

Ingrid Owens CameraShy

Week 21: Flash – Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s theme could have been interpreted as a camera function or something completely different  -Week 21: Flash (That’s the great thing about the Take 52 Challenge – it’s your Challenge to do with whatever you wish!)

This week’s image is from a long time contributor to the Challenge – Christy Zacharias who also showcases her weekly images along with a beautifully written blog over at A Thousand Words.  You can check out her backstory to this image here.

 

 

Black and White of vintage car's chrome fender

Flash by Christy Zacharias

Camera Settings:

Shutter Speed: 1/30

Aperture: f/32

ISO: 100

Click on the video below to hear my critique of Christy’s image.

If you would like to join the #Take52 Weekly Photo Challenge then let’s go!  You can find out how it works and sign up here to receive my the weekly prompts via email and to get access to our private Facebook group.  It’s a great community and a wonderful place to learn and improve your  photography.

Happy Snapping!

Ingrid Owens CameraShy