Wednesday, August 25, 2010


I feel like I've been stuck in a rut. Photography has seemed more challenging...we've been living in our house for a few months and the newness of our surroundings has worn off, the warmth of summer has limited our outdoor activities, and my energy has been incredibly low (I can at least credit the last one to being pregnant with baby #3 and trying to keep up with two boys!).

So tonight I'm pulling out a much loved book that I checked out from the library (for the second time now) to stir up some new ideas and the hope that there is more out there for me to capture.
The book is called Learning to See Creatively by Bryan Peterson (who has another fabulous book all about exposure). The first time I read this book I was so new to photography and was more overwhelmed than anything at all the possibilities. Now that I've been playing and experimenting with my camera for a while I'm excited to see what I come away with.

If you're interested in improving your photography I highly recommend his book. It's an easy read written with the beginner in mind and goes through various things like what makes a striking picture, the rule of thirds ( if you don't know what this is you can find examples on google - this concept alone dramatically changed the way I took pictures) and how to look for different points of view to add interest to your pictures.

I'd love your help in getting unstuck...what inspires you to grab your camera and start clicking away? Do you ever use the rule of thirds when you're composing a picture?


At August 26, 2010 at 9:15 AM , Blogger Coffee Master said...

Hmm... You know me a bit, but I look at amazing pictures sometimes, and wonder where the photographer is. You see amazing skyscrapers with the sky as the backdrop, and realize they must have been laying on the ground, in the middle of the street. I see a park bench, and think to myself, what does the world look like standing on top of that? Then I take a picture (with my camera phone these days).

So, stand on stuff, lay down on stuff, hold the camera way high and see what you get :)

-Christopher (brother)

At August 27, 2010 at 8:34 PM , Blogger Lena said...

I do use the rule of thirds, a lot. I also ignore it sometimes and see what diffferent perspective I get from knowing the rules and breaking them! I brought that exposure book home with me, so you're inspiring me to get it out and to use it!

At August 31, 2010 at 5:08 PM , Blogger Stephanie said...

Your pictures look pretty good to me! You do a wonderful job of capturing the everyday.

Also - it's easy to feel "stuck" in the summertime in Southern AZ. Fortunately, cooler days are just around the corner... :)

At October 24, 2010 at 12:27 PM , Blogger Stacey Stevenson said...

I try photographing something else. I work at a portrait studio and get tired of photographing kids. So, I'll try something else at home. Close ups of flowers, a pattern in a brick wall, anything I see. I also move my feet a lot. I'll lie on the ground or climb on a latter if to see how something looks from a new angle.
I follow what looks and feels best for my subject. If I fit it into the "rule of thirds" it's only because it works with what I see.


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