Friday, September 15, 2017

Photo tips - #SaturdaySnapshot

I came across a YouTube video giving five easy tips for improving your photos. It's worth a look: HERE.  One of the suggestions for better, more interesting photos is to shoot through something. The photographer also suggested: "Place objects in the frame that relate to it. Tell a story." Those two suggestions seem related to me. So, I decided to take a look at my photos and see if I could find examples of where I might have accidentally done those things. Here are a few possibilities.

This one was shot from a castle's ramparts along the Rhine River in Germany.


At the base of Snoqualmie Falls in Washington State's Cascade Mountains.


Trail of the Shadows, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington.


I took this photo of a platter of Ethiopian food during a recent dinner out. 
I'm not sure if I've accomplished what the guy in the video had in mind, 
but the items on the edges of the photo do relate - the  rolls of injera (bread) 
and the hands of the owner/server as she described each dish. Then there's
also my son's hand as he contemplates what he's going to reach for first!


Whether my photo "artistry" succeeded or not, it's fun to try techniques to make my pictures better.

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14 comments:

Lynne Spreen said...

I'm going to check out the video, Sandy. I am continually frustrated by my lack of picture-taking talent or instinct! BTW, this week's Time magazine features a collection of notable women (high-profile well-known and the opposite). The professional photographer did the entire shoot on her iPhone!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thanks for visiting my blog today and leaving a comment. I'll look for the Time article. Maybe it will inspire me to learn more about the camera on my cell phone and I'll start using it more.

NatureFootstep said...

haha, yes, sometimes we do things by instinct rather then knowlede. Love your images :)

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Thanks for sharing these tips! I especially love the shot taken at the base of the Snoqualmie Falls.

Enjoy your weekend, and thanks for visiting my blog.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Beautiful Snoqualmie Falls is fairly close to my home. Whenever out-of-towners come to visit, we take them there. I never get tired of seeing (and photographing) it. I love waterfalls.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Sometimes we're just lucky and get a good shot! I'm glad you enjoyed my photos, and I appreciate your comments.

judy said...

Good ideas and good examples! Your photos display artistry and intuition about what will catch the eye.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thank you, Judy. I take a lot of photos of views that appeal to me. It's part of the fun of being outdoors.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I love these ideas. Thank you for sharing them with us. Maybe you will share more next week?

Sandra Nachlinger said...

That's a good idea. I find that if I try one technique at a time, I'm more likely to remember it when it's time to take a photo. If a whole lot of different things are presented to me at once, I probably won't recall them all.

Poem fanatic said...

I've never been to Germany- but I'd really like to go! I love the picture of the waterfalls as well!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

If there's a waterfall nearby, I'll make a detour to see it. I'll probably take a few pictures of it too.
Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment.

Klara S said...

Sometimes you can find useful things on YouTube. I'm gonna check this video out. Thank you. Pictures of waterfall are beautiful and the one with platter looks interesting.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thank you, Klara. Snoqualmie Falls is always beautiful, but the best time to see and photograph it is in spring. That's when snow in the Cascade Mountains melts and the falls are their fullest. I hope you find useful tips on the video.