Color, Click, Capture Photography Challenge {Blue}

Welcome to Week 5 of the Color, Click, Capture photography challenge hosted by East9thStreetA Helicopter MomNap Time Is My Time and Sunshine and Sippy Cups. All week I have been thinking blue is for blueberries and planning some blueberry pancake pictures. Then, I woke up to an amazing Spring Day with dogwoods & daffodils blooming, clear blue sky, and perfect wind.  Not really sure how it happened, but I think winter (for the most part) skipped over us in Oklahoma.

Spring days like these are for…

Love when my boys are working together

Hunter decided since he couldn’t fly it, he would lasso it

First time he got it flying! Dylan was so proud of himself.

Family Moments!

 

This week’s tips come from Jen Villa, photographer, collage artist and owner of The Little Beach Gallery in Hyannis, Massachusetts. She is a trained photographer and alumni of world-renowed photography school, Brooks Institute of Photography. She has been studying art for over fifteen years and worked as a food and editorial photographer for award winning publication, The Santa Barbara Independent. Her photography and artwork have a very unique style and combine her love for the ocean and passion for travel.

Tip #1
Light is EVERYTHING!
Lighting really makes or breaks a photograph. A lack of light will leave the subject looking flat and produce a usually boring image.

I love using natural light whenever possible. It’s best if you can set your scene or subject (not always easy!) near a window and use warm light coming in from outside if you’re shooting inside. The highlights and details reflected are usually wonderful!

The best time of day to shoot is early morning and late afternoon. High noon sun is very harsh and creates shadows that usually create difficulties, especially when human subjects are involved. This isn’t always an option so if your shooting your subject outside at the peak of sunlight try and get them in “open shade” and you will have a more neutrally lit image.

Tip #2
Learn to operate your camera.
If you’re new to manual options on a digital camera, memorize your manual and EXPERIMENT!
Try out all the menu options.
Always remember to concentrate on getting the main subject matter in FOCUS. Without a sharp focus, you don’t have a good image.

Want to participate in our challenge?  It’s super easy!  Here’s how It Works:

  1. Take a picture the represents the color of the week.
  2. Write a blog post that features your picture and link it up.
  3. Visit other people’s posts and hopefully find some inspiration!
  4. You can put the button and link code on your blog if you wish but it’s not a requirement.

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  1. I absolutely love that last picture! Makes you think of Spring!
    Kay M recently posted..Color, Click, Capture Photo Challenge ~ Week 5

  2. Beautiful spring days!
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  3. Your pictures really capture spring! The boys must have had fun flying their kite. Thanks for stopping by to comment.

  4. Oh my gosh these are so fun! I love flying a kite with my children. Classic, old-school, inexpensive, wholesome, family fun! :)
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  5. wow, winter certainly didn’t pass over us. we got a huge snowfall last night!
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  6. Looks like a fun day! I can’t wait for Spring to get here for us. We are still stuck in the cold and snow.
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    • Last year we had 32 inches in a couple of days. They didn’t clean the streets so we were snowed in for almost 3 weeks. Usually the midwest has winter, but I didn’t miss it after last year of cabin fever with 3 kids under 6. I am living vicariously through your winter pictures though :)

  7. What fun! My step-son lives in Oklahoma and he keeps hoping for snow days. I’ve told him to give it up. ;)
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  8. Oh! That looked like so much fun! The last picture — the boys running away from the camera and the kite against the sky — is definitely my favorite. You pulled in so many wonderful and varied shades of blue there. Just beautiful.
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  9. Beautiful kite pictures that focus on blue! I really love the first one with all that sky!
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