Tuesday, June 21, 2011

30 Days of Color Photography Challenge

I am taking another class from Tracy Clark at Big Picture Classes. This is a little harder than the last one. I am certainly learning a lot about different types of color. Some of the pictures have been a challenge for me but here is what I have. Again, I will keep adding to the blog until I have all 30 pictures done.

Day one is "What is your color bliss?" What colors make you happy? These are the colors that make up most of the decoration of my home but I took this picture of the table decorations at our catered dinner for the Wallace family reunion

Day 2 is Iconic color. Colors that you associated with some brand or something. I wanted to do Reeses, and have bought some but they didn't last long enough for me to get a picture

Day 3 is capturing color transition. This poppy opened up completely by the afternoon after I took this picture in the morning

Day 4 is Technicolor merriment. I saw this in my neighbors front yard

Day 5 is comfort colors. Tracey's picture was her jeans. I cheated on this one because I (my husband) took this picture in Aruba, but it shows my comfort colors in two ways. Red is the decor of my home and I wear skirts and sandals all summer long just for the comfort

Day 6 is white on white

Day 7 is the yummiest color in your kitchen

Day 8- something colorful just begging to be photographed

Day 9 is color with texture

Day 10 is the tools we use to create color

Day 11 is Red and Pink

Day 12 is dots

Day 13 is ordinary colors

Day 14 is the tools we use

Day 15 is fun colors

Day 16 is Blue. 

Day 17 is back lighting color. This picture turned out to have a lot of color even though I caught a part of the sun in it

Day 18 are the colors you wear everyday. I like to look as natural as possible and this is the only make-up I ever wear

Day 19 are selective framing (where you get only pieces of the picture) and soft colors

Day 20 is corrugated color

Day 21 is ambient colors. I had high hopes for this one, but I never got around to doing what I planned. Instead I just grabbed this shot when we where having a marshmallow roast outside

Day 22 is to be inspired by another photographer

Day 23 is a color phrase like "tickled pink"

Day 24 is book inspiration

Day 25 is Metal

Day 26 is Whimsy- My mother-in-law made this quilt for us

Day 27 is to antique a picture- My first Peonies

Day 28 is happy colors- my first Lilly's of this kind. My flowers do make me happy

Day 29 is a sunset

Day 30 is color collage 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Deer Valley Retreat with Nicole Hill Gerulat

So here are my other shots from Nicole's Classes Retreat. Nicole writes about it on her blog here. I had such a great time and learned a lot. Here's a bit of what we did.

This was what was waiting for me in my room

This was the beautiful view out my window

And this was the condo we stayed in. In my condo Pam and Nancy who were friends from California shared a room upstairs and I had my own room. Downstairs, Kathryn from Highland had a room. It was totally fun getting to know these ladies

It was a beautiful condo

The first thing we did was learn how to use our camera's in manual and then we went outside to practice. Nicole was an excellent teacher!

Allie was our first model and she was darling. She was Nicole's gorgeous, little sister

That night we had a girl's movie night

The next morning we did our abstract assignment on Main Street in Deer Valley

I took some architectural shots as well

Mallory, Nicole's assistant has a great taste in fashion. I would have liked to get her red scarf in the picture also but I wasn't tall enough

Then we took the tram up the mountain

It was gorgeous

We learned to take soft water pictures and more about shooting with the light

We learned how to take pictures while bringing the zoom lens in (or out)

I had lots of fun with that

Kate and I explored an old mine up on top of the mountain and then went back down to lunch

We learned some panning too though I forgot to take those kind of shots on the way down

That night we did portraiture shooting with another one of Nicole's beautiful sisters

In the Photoshop part of it, I learned that I tend to go too blue. This is a good example of that. I need to warm it up

Much better!

I had flip flops on and so I didn't last very long in the snow

I liked the reflections in the windows here

On the last morning we had Brooklyn for our model and we did shooting with reflectors. It made a huge difference!

In the afternoon of the last day we did some tabletop and I learned a lot there which I am excited to try out! And we went over work flow which included Camera Raw and a little Photoshop

Here are only some of the things that helped me the most- 
1- I was already shooting in manual but I learned to use my "in camera" White Balance. I could never figure out why I couldn't get those outside creamy white skin tones that I like so much. I was trying to get it afterwards in Light-room, but it never worked quite right.
2- I couldn't figure out why my shots don't look quite as sharp as they should. One problem was that I often shoot with a shutter speed below 1/125. If your subject is very still and so are you it might work but not likely. And the other thing is that my blog photos should be PNG files. I haven't done that here but I will start experimenting with that.
3- I shouldn't take my ISO passed 400 unless I absolutely have too. I have been too liberal there since my ISO goes up to 6400
4- Use wrapping paper for tabletop photo's. It's cheap and easy to work with
5- Use cheap white foam boards or white pillows for reflectors
6- Use the in-camera grid to line up your photos
7- I learned about some great websites like pinterest.com
8- And the most expensive thing I learned was that I want an I Mac!