PHOTOS OF THE WEEK:

photo of mountain under cloudy sky
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This week’s photos of the week is a wonderful collection of “TRAVEL PHOTOS”, taken by photographers of places around the world. Perhaps you too, will find some place to go to, by the photos you see here today:
Photo by Mark Basarab on Unsplash
Taichi Bagua 特克斯县 – Photo taken by Zongnan Bao
mountainous valley with evergreen forest against misty sky
Photo by Krivec Ales on Pexels.com – EUROPE
antelope canyon
Photo by Paul IJsendoorn on Pexels.com – Slot Canyons, Zioins National Park, Utah
woman in green kimono standing near a river
Photo by Yaroslav Shuraev on Pexels.com – JAPAN
great wall of china
Photo by Paulo Marcelo Martins on Pexels.com – CHINA
drift wood on seashore
Photo by Christina on Pexels.com – ALASKA
brown wooden house on green grass field near snow covered mountain
Photo by GaPeppy1 on Pexels.com -WYOMING
assorted color houses beside body of water
Photo by Frans Van Heerden on Pexels.com – Beautiful Italy
building surrounded by parking lot under clear day sky
Photo by David McBee on Pexels.com – KANSAS
ethnic father and son standing on beach
Photo by Julia Volk on Pexels.com
taj mahal india
Photo by Sudipta Mondal on Pexels.com INDIA
architecture building dark dusk
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com – BELGIUM
landscape photography of snowy mountain
Photo by Jens Johnsson on Pexels.com – CHILE
photo of rock formation near sea
Photo by Efrain Alonso on Pexels.com – MEXICO
sydney opera
Photo by Rijan Hamidovic on Pexels.com – AUSTRALIA
51 DIFFERENT SUBJECTS ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY, AND DURING THE WEEK, ONE PER DAY IS BEING COVERED IN THE BLOG. LOOK AT THE PAST FEW WEEKS TO SEE THE DIFFERENT SUBJECTS. THIS IS THE PLACE TO GET GREAT INFORMATION ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY. TOMORROW’S SUBJECT: AN EMPTY ROAD. LEARN HOW TO TAKE PICTURES OF EMPTY ROADS!
tower bridge
Photo by John Smith on Pexels.com – GREAT BRITAIN
photo of houses
Photo by Evgeny Tchebotarev on Pexels.com
city road people woman
Photo by Lenny Furman on Pexels.com – FLORIDA
zebras on zebra
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com – AFRICA
bird s eye view photography of lighted buildings
Photo by Ethan Brooke on Pexels.com – KOREA
white concrete building under white clouds
Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Pexels.com – USSR
bridge lampposts body of water and buildings during day
Photo by Amy Burry on Pexels.com – SPAIN
photo of hot air balloons on flight
Photo by Adil on Pexels.com
wood dawn landscape sunset
Photo by Todd Trapani on Pexels.com – MISSISSIPPI
photo of ships
Photo by Michael D. Camphin on Pexels.com – PANAMA
green island in the middle of the lake during daytime
Photo by Ketan Kumawat on Pexels.com – NEW ZEALAND
rainbow mountains under white clouds on sunny day
Photo by Hector Perez on Pexels.com – ARGENTINA

Yes, it’s that time of year when you go traveling. This is a beautiful world, and I hope you all get out to enjoy it.

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TAKING PICTURES OF “SOMEONE YOU LOVE”

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Today’s subject on the list is “taking photos of your “someone you love”.

When taking photos of the people around you, it involves some real feelings, at least that is what we all hope. Your family, your girlfriend or boyfriend, your baby, your parents, and on and on. So many people to think about when you are thinking of your loved ones. One thing I want to mention right now is that you NEED to take photos of your loved ones regularly. One of the most tragic things you can have happen, is to lose someone, and then not have any good pictures of them to remember them by. Please plan on taking photos of your loved ones.

Here are some good tips to taking pictures of your loved ones:

  1. Take serious photos, like portraits, of the people you love for a real remembrance of them. Tell them you need to practice taking portraits.
joyful adult daughter greeting happy surprised senior mother in garden
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2- If you have older people in the family, especially get some close-up photos of them. And tell them how much you love them. It will bring a smile to them.

family of four walking at the street
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3- Have someone help you take a picture of your own family, doing something you like to do, or enjoy. This way you capture your own family. Don’t forget that.

4- As a photographer, you too need to have your photo taken. I know I always took photos of the family, but, later on in life, there was no pictures of me, because I was always taking the pictures. I was the one behind the camera.

five women laughing
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5- When you have family together, have your camera ready to take photos. Get those moments of the family having fun, laughing, really seeing the love you have in your family. Take a lot of photos, because then the family will expect that there will be good photos taken, because you take a lot of pictures.

wood bridge cute sitting
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6- Pets can be a very important part of a family. If you have pets, get the photos of the pet interacting with the family member. Then you have photos of the family member and the pet, and that is a winning photo, years down the road.

child sitting on bench with dog
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7- Take photos at school events or other events that the family might be involved in. Those are just memories to keep forever.

family preparing food in the kitchen
Photo by August de Richelieu on Pexels.com

8- And then don’t forget about your own special loved one, your wife, husband, or significant other. Make this picture special that you will hang on the wall.

smiling woman with red hair
Photo by Tomaz Barcellos on Pexels.com
Photo by behrouz sasani on Unsplash

Conclusion:

When taking pictures of your family remember to include them in happy activities, and then be prepared to take photos of them in their best moods. Take close up or single photos of everyone in your family so you will always have a recent photo of everyone in your family. And finally, don’t forget to get a picture of you as well.

HOW TO GET GREAT PHOTOS OF DOGS OR PUPPIES !

photo of dog inside mailbox
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51 Different subjects of photography…. and I’m going to do them all. Here is the complete list, so you can see everything I’m going to cover:
TODAY’S SUBJECT FROM THIS LIST ABOVE (LEFT SIDE): A DOG OR A PUPPY!
two yellow labrador retriever puppies
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Taking pictures of your dog or puppy is a truly rewarding thing to do. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like their dog. If they don’t, they shouldn’t have one. But, these pets are truly “mans best friend”. They don’t care if you are feeling sad or happy, they are always happy and ready to lift your spirits.

There are several tips on how to get GREAT dog and puppy photos. Follow along with these tips:

  1. Know your dog’s personality or character. Also, with that, there always seems to be a time of day they are really “zoomy” and they are all over the place, and when they do that, you can generally see a “smile” on their face. If you can find that time they are so playful, take some photos of them at that time.
  2. If you are taking photos of them during “zooomy” time, then make sure you are using a fast shutter speed, and if you can’t get that, move your ISO setting up to 800 or even up to 1600 so that you can use a fast shutter speed.
dog with ball in mouth jumping over a fallen tree trunk
Photo by chepté cormani on Pexels.com

The photo above shows what great photos you can get by using a fast shutter speed. You are probably laughing already when your dog is in “hyper” mode, so, get that to remember them by. FAST SHUTTER SPEED, AND HIGH ISO.

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3- Get down on their level to get the best photo. Everyone sees dogs from the top. The photo will be much better if you can get down to their space.

white short coated dog
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4- Be resourceful in getting the best image of your pet. The one thing I used to do when taking portraits of any dog, is when they were sitting still, I would make this small “squeal” with my voice, almost like a high pitched howl, but, kind of quiet. The dog would just stop doing everything to see where that noise came from, and I would get the perfect pose every time. It seems so cute, that they almost always tipped their head to the side, like one ear is better than the other. But, this is somewhat like I would get:

Dog Portraits - Mark Hewitson Photography of Thame, Oxfordshire
Photo by Mark Hewitson Photography

5- Choose the right location to take pictures of your dog. Your dog is more comfortable where? Inside your house? Out in the backyard? Your dog will react more normal, or not so scared, if they are also in their happy place.

black and tan long coat dog
Photo by Binyamin Mellish on Pexels.com

6- Bribery can go a long way for dogs. Always bring some treats so they will get rewarded for their great showmanship or good behavior. And, it’s not a bad idea to get a photo of them while getting rewarded:

dalmatian sitting white surface
Photo by Kasuma on Pexels.com

7- If you have a good relationship with your dog, then I really like to do a photo of the dog with the owner or spouse, or child in the family. This brings out the tenderness of the relationship between owner and the pet. It can truly be one photo that will be on the wall….

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Photo by U Sushi
Photo by Tamara Bellis on Unsplash

Conclusion:

Enjoy the things you do with your dog, puppy and take pictures of them at their level, and you will be much happier with your results.

Make it a challenge to photograph “something boring”

photo of woman sitting on grass field
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51 Subjects on photography, and I am going to do them all. The one on the list today, is to take a photo of something boring, and make it interesting:

Taking photos of something you consider boring, is certainly a challenge for anyone. I put this photo above, because I think Golf is so boring. How can anyone watch that. However, I could enjoy going on the course and getting great photos of the scenery. Most public and private golf courses have incredible scenery. It’s certainly a reward for the golfers. I am not sure they even appreciate it like us photographers.

green grass field beside body of water under blue sky during daytime
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com ——- What a beautiful photo of a golf course. They have an amazing amount of beautiful scenery. Too bad the sport is so boring (at least to me).

Now, take a moment to think about things that are boring to you.

Here is a list I found from Google, that lists boring things:

  • Being stuck in traffic.
  • Standing in line.
  • Being on hold.
  • Junk mail.
  • Slow internet connections.
  • Listening to politicians.
  • Watching TV adverts.
  • The routine of everyday life.

Do any of these subjects hit home with you. What do you find boring? I know some people who are still in school may find certain subjects boring. I did. So, in relation to photography, how do you make this a challenge? I looked at the most boring thing, and discovered that golf is boring, but to get out on the course and take photos of a golf course can really be beautiful.

Let’s take a look at the list above and see how we can take a boring thing, and apply something photographic to it.

  • Let’s take another one I hate, and that is : BEING STUCK IN TRAFFIC !

I have been thinking about this a bit, and decided I could take pictures of the scenery around me, using a photo from the street, like this below:

Photo by Chase Charaba on Unsplash ——- Washington Boulevard in Ogden, Utah, looking toward Ben Lomond in summer 2020. Photo by Chase Charaba. @ChaseCharaba on social media and YouTube.

I was surprised to find a photo from my photo sources of a street that I am familiar with. Mount Ben Lomond in front of us, with the street view.

While you are stuck in the car, consider some tasty snacks for the drive. Click on the red link and see what great snacks are available now. So many delicious things to choose from.

Another idea would be to take photos of good looking cars I might like:

I do like a good looking sports car, wishing I had one, and I can see that taking pictures of one, and hanging it in my office. Try something like that.

I know some people think that reading is boring. How do you make books a piece of photography art? Here’s an idea I like, and you can do this with several other “boring” things.

Take the book, or books, and make a still photo, like this:

Photo by Alina Nichepurenko on Unsplash ——- This is what you can do with boring books, Make them into a special “still photo”.

Conclusion:

Taking photos of boring things is a challenge. Why would we even want to do this type of challenge? Because it will excercise some creativity in your mind and you may come across some skill you didn’t know you had, plus, create something unique. If you want to try this, we would love to see your photos, and we can even post them on this blog, to help with the 51 photo subjects.

Tips on photographing your favorite fruit or vegetable !

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51 Different subjects on Photography! And I am going to do them all. Check previous blogs for subjects done.

Taking photos of your favorite vegetable or fruit, and still be creative, is a challenge. This photo above of the tomato, is technically a fruit, but used as a vegetable in most servings. (The tomato is the edible berry of the plant Solanum lycopersicum,commonly known as a tomato plant. – Wikipedia) To me, this is one of my favorite fruits or vegetables. There are many varieties of tomatoes, and I am growing in my own personal garden, about 8 different types of tomatoes, to see if one tastes better than all the rest. If I find I like most of them, then next year I will grow a nice tasty variety.

But taking pictures of tomatoes is an art. There is two ways to take this photo. 1- to make it look real yummy, I like the photo above, because the photographer had some water splashed on it, to give it that freshly picked, washed, ready to eat look. If that is the way you like it too, then notice it is placed on a dark background. That makes the tomato stand out than letting your eye wander to something else. Plus, it is a very nice photo to hang on the kitchen wall for decoration. 2- Get a photo of the tomato on it’s vine or plant, such as the one below:

Let’s look at another favorite of mine: the Pineapple. Funny name because it doesn’t look like anything from pine, and it doesn’t look like an apple, nor grows like either one.

Oh, mmmm, that looks so good. (The pineapple[2][3] (Ananas comosus) is a tropical plant with an edible fruit and the most economically significant plant in the family Bromeliaceae. — Wikipedia) To get a photo of any fruit or vegetable, get a plain backdrop like you see with the pineapple, and the tomato (above). That seems to be the most popular way of getting a good photo. For some people, it might be hard to get a photo of the actual pineapple plant, because it is a tropical plant. But, other ways to get photos of the fruits, is to show it in the bowl, ready to eat:

But, how do you take a photo of a very small fruit or vegetable, if that’s your favorite? I would recommend you either get a macro lens because it is designed to focus extremely close to the subject. And they make a macro lens for cell phones now as well.

The other idea, of course is to use close-up filters. This is a very inexpensive way to get close to the subject. I would recommend you get a set of 4 close-up filters so you can get as close as you need:

Make sure you get the right size for your lens.

And here is a couple of pictures of small fruit, using either close-up filters or a macro lens.

close up photo of a cherry fruits
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com
close up photo of stacked chocolates bars beside raspberries
Photo by Lisa on Pexels.com
Conclusion:

If you are taking a photo of your favorite fruit or vegetable, get as close as you can, with a plain background is the ideal way to do this. Or, like the photo above, use the fruit alongside other things you are going to eat.

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Tips on how to take pictures of a baby or toddler :

Photo by Daniel Thomas on Unsplash
THE CHALLENGE IS OUT: THERE ARE 51 SUBJECTS IS PHOTOGRAPHY. THIS IS #4 OF 51. WE WILL DO THEM ALL.

There is nothing more beautiful and more precious, than photos of babies or toddlers. Everyone loves them, everyone loves the pictures of them. But, there are certain guidelines in getting GREAT PHOTOS of your favorite baby or toddler. Let’s go through them:

  • Make sure you have good light on the child. Lighting is critical to get a good photo of these precious little ones.
  • Get down to their level. If you take pictures when you are standing all the time, you will only get the tops of their heads.
  • Get close up of their faces, and special features of the child. Those baby feet are just amazing.
  • Get photos of their growth through this time of being so little
  • They seem so angelic when they are sleeping. A photo of them sleeping is amazing.
Photo by Ádám Szabó on Unsplash

This photo takes care of a couple of the points here. Check the lighting on this photo. Light from everywhere, shining down on this beautiful child. Make sure your light is soft and diffused and just light from everywhere. And this is just precious to catch the baby asleep too. This is what looks angelic, and definitely a keeper in the baby books.

Photo by Picsea on Unsplash

Getting down to their level will mean everything about the photo. You are now in their world. The details of their motions, and growing up is there to keep forever. Make sure you get down on your knees, or even lay down, will make the best photos.

Photo by freestocks on Unsplash

Getting some special photo of their chubby little hands is always a great photo. They grow out of this cute little baby fat, and it is something to always remember. It will also be fun to show this to the child as they grow up.

Photo by Manuel Schinner on Unsplash

And don’t forget to get a “perspective” photo of their cute tiny feet. Putting your hands around their little feet, or even putting your feet up next to theirs, is a photo everyone will enjoy.

Photo by Jonathan Borba on Unsplash

Another great idea is to get a “happy photo” of mother and baby. It’s so fun to see them both enjoying each other.

Conclusion:

Make sure you take a look at a lot of baby or toddler photos, and take pictures similar to your favorite photos. This is one subject that is sure to get you lot of good points if you follow these steps.

DAY 9 OF 10 – LEARNING BASIC PHOTO SKILLS: “INCORPORATE COLOR”

exterior of shabby pharmacy building in mediterranean country
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Day Nine: “A Pop of Color” — Incorporate Color

The colors in our photographs are evocative and rouse emotions within us. Color can elevate a mundane image into something beautiful and intriguing, and can tell a tale within the frame.

In this image of a door in Malta, the two shades of blue brighten an otherwise nondescript scene, and also add layers of story and perspective: Who lives in this building? What’s behind that door?

Today, pay attention to how color affects your image. Let color be the star!

Today’s Tip: Keep it simple: experiment with only one color.

Day Nine: “A Pop of Color” — Incorporate Color

In today’s featured image, the color blue is whimsical yet strong. Sometimes, blue looks and feels soothing and serene, but it can also look and feel cold and apathetic. While other shades are eye-catching in their own ways, here, the blue works well. A red door might change the mood of the picture, for example, and signal excitement or danger.

As you look through your viewfinder today, think about how a color makes you feel. Calm? Agitated? Energetic? Somber? As you focus on one color, consider these tips:

  • Choose a bold shade against a neutral background, instead of several colors competing for attention in a scene.
  • Look for a strong color within a basic composition of uncomplicated lines — your pop of color will stand out more.
  • Continue to experiment with POV as you shoot your color-as-subject — the color may transform as you move.
  • Don’t ignore soft, pastel shades — colors like mint and pink can make statements, too.
  • Juxtapose pastels with black and darker shades.
  • When in doubt, pair an accent color with white — you’ll see its impact immediately.
A green door against a white wall in El Albayzín, Granada. Photo by Cheri Lucas Rowlands.
A green door against a white wall in El Albayzín, Granada. Photo by Cheri Lucas Rowlands.

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DAY 8 OF 10 – LEARNING BASIC PHOTOS SKILLS: “ZOOM IN”

Day Eight: “Treasure” — Zoom In

Objects, places, people, moments — we all cherish something or someone. Anything deeply meaningful to you can be a treasure.

A treasure can be grand, like a precious heirloom, or teeny-tiny, like the first plump blackberry of spring atop a tart:

Or perhaps it’s the vintage coat passed down from your grandmother, your once-in-a-lifetime trip through the Himalayas, a quiet space in the woods, or your children. What’s your treasure?

Today’s Tip: Get close to your subject. Use the zoom function in your camera, or physically move closer to it. Often, our goal is to capture as much of a scene as we can. This time, zoom in on your subject or a particular detail to tell a more interesting story.

Day Eight: “Treasure” — Zoom In

So far, we’ve focused on establishing shots, horizontal and vertical images, and getting comfortable with moving around and experimenting with point of view. Today, get close to your subject.

Dragonfly resting on a branch in Ubud, Bali. Photo by Brie Anne Demkiw.
Dragonfly resting on a branch in Ubud, Bali. Photo by Brie Anne Demkiw.

As you photograph your treasure, consider photographer Brie Anne Demkiw’s tips on macro photography:

  • You may need special equipment to get a great close-up shot — not every camera can do macro photography. Simple point-and-shoots and iPhones are limited to how close you can get.
  • Try going abstract. Play around with how shapes, colors, and textures change as you get closer to your subject.
  • Experiment with shooting objects outdoors — shoot on a cloudy day for better lighting. Shooting outside on a cloudy day may impede your exposure a bit, but, for the real close shots, I recommend a tripod.

If you want to get real close, you will obviously need either close-up filters, or extension tubes for cameras. (click on those links). Or, if you have a camera that will take interchangeable lenses, a macro lenses will do the job very nicely.