Now that summer is in full swing I’ll be sharing a bit more behind the blog posts. Sharing what we are doing or have done. Things that have caught my eye around the web, classes I’ve taken, maybe if I’m lucky books I’ve read and of course crafting, easy DIY projects and blogging tips. Today I am sharing key learnings and a few tips from my photography class I took over at CreativeLive.
Right now we are just back from our trip to NYC and visiting my oldest daughter, her new baby and husband. (photos coming) Just before we left I finished up three days of learning food photography. This was a great free online class that I shared previously here. These types of classes are great for anyone wanting to improve on their photography skills.
I took tons of notes. During breaks pulled out my camera and stretched my legs. The class was taught by Todd and Diane of White on Rice blog . They make a living as photographers shooting and styling food. I could feel that passion in their voices when speaking about creating the shots. They spoke of their process, sharing, speaking of their early days, mistakes and learning curves.
One of the biggest suggestions for learning that I kept hearing is practice! I’ve even said it myself as without doing it you can’t know how your shots will translate. As a starting point I kept hearing less is more. You can continue to add things into a shot but, hard to take things out. A huge moment is when Todd said, ” We may be seeking perfection but, perfect is never there. It’s an elusive concept.” How many times do you sit there and re-shoot trying to get the perfect shot?
Key take away’s from the CreativeLive class;
- Never stop learning
- There are so many amazing photographers
- Believe in yourself
In regards to the amazing photographers I agree. Every time I think I am improving I visit a website, visit a photography gallery, take a class like this or view the photography gallery from all the photographers that were in the class and am in plain awe. How will I ever get to that level?
Hello! Practice, practice and more practice! Even though this class was for food photography I learned so many concepts, tips, lighting, and a bit about the business side as well, all while sipping my sweet ice tea. I decided to take a shot of my ice tea. I didn’t leave enough space at the bottom of the shot to rotate so the cup was straight.
Photography tip; I learned is that it’s easier to crop down so keep shots wider.
In this shot I tossed in the towel to really give it the summer look and add a little color. Experiment, practice, read and take classes. You’ll find yourself improving.
My Photography advice when learning: Take breaks too, there is nothing like trying to get a shot when your frustrated or tired. Wait for good natural lighting and get to know your home and camera. Practice!
Looking for what Photography or Craft and Maker Classes are happening for free? Or to purchase at a great price when running live you can get them discounted and view them anytime and right now until July 2oth all classes are 40% Off! Why not check out the online classes yourself by visiting CreativeLive
What types of photography do you enjoy? What was the last photography book or photography class you took?