I mentioned in a couple of my Northwoods Journal entries that I have been reading a helpful book titled “Better Photo Basics: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Taking Photos Like the Pros” by Jim Miotke. I have really been enjoying this book and will write a full review of it soon. Whether or not I will be able to “take photos like the pros” when I am done is anyone’s guess, although I am guessing no at this point.
Anyway, Step 3 in the book is a chapter with 20 Popular Photo Assignments. One thing I like about this book is that it is for both point-and-shoot cameras – like mine – and DSLR cameras. (Well, my camera is a point-and-shoot with DSLR-type options, so I could actually use some of the DSLR settings.) For each photo assignment, he tells the preferable settings, which is really what I need. Someone to take me by the hand and say, “this is how it’s done.”
It is my hope to complete each photo assignment. I doubt I will be able to do 20 assignments in 20 days, but I hope to post each time I have done one of the challenges and show my results. The first assignment is to photograph a flower close-up. I went out this evening at the “golden hour” hoping for good light, but most of our new landscaping/bird sanctuary is in the front (east side) of the house and therefore shaded in the evenings. But still, I came away with six acceptable images. Even though the instructions said to turn the flash off, I experimented using the flash a few times, just for kicks, and one of those images is included in the gallery because I rather liked that way it turned out.
Click on any photo in the gallery to see a larger version.
Please leave me your critique in the comment section below and include any advice you might have to help me improve my photography. Also, if you would like to “play along” doing the challenge, please join me on Facebook by liking 45 Degrees North via the link below and post your photo challenge photo on my page. The more the merrier! Let’s all have fun making photos together! 🙂 (Jim Miotke says we don’t “take” pictures, we “make” them.)