Egg, You’re On! Make everyday objects interesting.




Egg You’re On

Photo theme for letter E offered Egg and Environment. The environment would have probably been an easier subject to shoot. It’s a big, wide world out there, but I chose to go a different route and explore the Egg.

I like the idea of finding everyday objects, something simple and ordinary and playing around with it to turn it into an interesting subject.

I grabbed an egg out of the crate, placed it on the floor near the window where light streamed in.

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Make everyday objects interesting.

It was a bit challenging to balance on the smooth floor due to lack of friction, then I balanced it in between the floor tiles that offered a gap to hold the egg, and there you go.

Several shots from various angles later, I settled for this one which I took in a close-up and monochrome.

Well, after all the shooting of the eggy images a natural wish for some omelets gave way and the natural progression of followed.

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It’s Easter in a couple of weeks. Do create fun ways of playing with the eggs.

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Photo Theme – Tips for Shooting the dogs.

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Dogs

No, I didn’t shoot a dog! I meant capturing their photos ūüėČ

Photographs for letter D was not an easy choice to make, so I went with both suggestions ‘dogs and decorations.’

I love both prompts because dogs are just beautiful, intelligent pets that bring comfort and delight to their owners.

The photo theme challenge is not only for practice but to help you build a library of your own images that could be used for your blog posts, for submission to photo sites, for sale et cetera.

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Tips for taking pet photos

Taking photos of pets can sometimes be difficult because they tend not to stay still for several minutes, but with your camera settings in mind and a couple of tricks, you could capture wonderful snapshots worth thumping your chest over.

  1. Make them the center of attraction. You could make a strange sound to draw their attention to you and be ready to take the photo once you’ve got that attention.
  2. Photograph them doing their thing naturally. When you don’t have time to stage a scene, keep your camera handy and wait for your pet to express its quirky sides. You’ll find lots of moments to capture.
  3. Avoid pointing your flash directly at your subject. It gives them the creepy red-eye. If you must use a flash, use a flash diffuser that would make sure you have more natural lighting in your photos.
  4. Explore different perspectives: from the human height, getting down to their level or on the floor, or standing up high and shooting from straight down.
  5. Use your fast shutter speed settings. Knowing that your pet would move before you can whistle Jimmy – their priority is not to sit still for a photo shoot – set your camera to shutter priority and the dial in the fastest speed possible. You could also try your action mode. Increasing your ISO would guarantee a better image no matter what your Fido decides to do at that time.

Decoration

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I snuck in a celebration photo. There’s something about party decorations that just make you feel happy.

It’s the insinuation of good times and memories. So, I guess both go well together.

As against pets, balloons stay in a place, except when they are waving in the wind.

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Shooting Tricky City scenes – Photo Theme

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Adding people to your street shot

Taking street photos is a bit tricky because busy streets are hardly devoid of people going about their business. You need to shoot your images without getting into people’s personal space or being too intrusive.

Then again, people make photos more interesting so applying a little trick would allow you to add people in your images.

When we take photos of non-human subjects, the tendency is to look at our LCD screen to see the immediate result of our shots, however, when taking photos of people in the streets looking at your screen immediately after your shot is not what you should do.

Take the shots you need but don’t move the camera immediately away from your eye. Keep your camera focused on the background around them so that even when they glance in your direction, ¬†it appears as though your focus is more engrossed in the background than on them.

Remember that people are¬†leery of photographers. That’s why you need to be discreet and not in their face except where you have express consent to photograph them – you could always ask when you need a specific shot.

Another way to add people to your composition is to start by aiming your camera above, below or to their sides. Take a shot or two of an image next to them and at the last moment, you move the camera so that they added to the scene.

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Clouds

I couldn’t resist sneaking in two different images for the letter ‘C’ part of the photography theme challenge.

Taking photo shots of clouds is always a pleasure. Though clouds may seem pretty mundane because they are commonplace Рup there in the sky where all you have to do is to look up and see them, their value is not diminished.

They have a lot of character. They are constantly changing in form and place and always fascinating to watch.

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Photography Theme Challenge: Bare Feet Monochrome




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MAY YOUR FEET TAKE YOU PLACES

Bare Feet

For the B part of the photography theme challenge, I chose to shoot bare feet.

As mundane as feet may be and possibly overlooked since we see them every second and minute of the day, they make beautiful subject to photograph because no two feet are the same and a mundane object can be made interesting with specific camera settings.

Every pair of feet tells a story about its’ owner. An excerpt of a¬†previous post of mine below:

Feet! Normal human features that we see every day.

Yet, the feet are the beautiful piece of artwork from the Master craftsman Himself.

They take us on our lifetimes journey’s literally and physically

As we leave our imprints all over the sands of time in pursuance of our dreams.

© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

Camera Settings

The image is in a monochrome setting under the SCN mode. Monochrome setting converts the image directly to black and white.

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The SCN mode stands for the scene or special mode. To get to your monochrome setting, on the dial button of your digital camera, turn the button to SCN. When you choose this mode, you can change the settings by highlighting an option with the multi-controller and pressing set.

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Mode Dial

The first setting you see in the scene mood would say Standard setting that Canon calls the ambience setting. The second setting which you can change in some of the modes says Default setting. It gives you a list of natural colors under specific types of lighting to choose from.

If you are a new/amateur photographer, the SCN modes help you to grow familiar with the settings and the feel of your camera.  With practice you gain more control, become more adventurous with your creativity and explore other modes and settings in the Creative Zone.

Keep shooting.

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Photography Theme Challenge – Abstract




For the first part of the challenge, I chose to create an abstract image out of an object, in this case, lamps hanging inside a shop. I took two separate photos through the shops’ glass.

Abstract Take

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Basic histogram of the first image.

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Second Take 

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Basic histogram of the second image

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Comparing the two histograms, you’ll find similarities and the little adjustments made to make both shots. I took both photos in Aperture priority, popularly shortened as A or AV mode. The AV mode is a setting that allows the photographer to set a specific value (f-number) while the camera selects the speed to match it based on the light conditions measured by the camera’s light meter.

Today’s world of Digital Photography has made it possible for us to check our images immediately through the back of our camera’s or the viewfinder.

Evaluation of images that we take should not only be based on the last image produced because most modern cameras have adjustable brightness and many factors such as light, shade and darkness affect how we view an image at any time.

The Camera‘s histogram is a tool used to check the exposure of a digital image more accurately and it assists you in fine-tuning your exposure to meet the sharpness, motion, blurring, freezing, depth of field and focus that you want.

For quick details of the histogram of a photo, press the info button on top of your camera’s LCD (Canon EOS 70D).

Given that the manufacturer’s of digital cameras’ vary widely, their menus, settings, and display equally differ, so you should consult your manual to gain a better understanding of your camera’s histogram display.

Histogram display on Canon EOS 70D

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With such information at your disposal, this makes it easier to understand and recreate images for desired results.

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A-Z Photography Theme Challenge

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Photography Themes

Using photography themes is a great and fun way to develop your skills and organize your photos.

Why should you take part in a challenge? Sometimes we tend to run out of ideas. Secondly, after living in a place for a while, we develop a mental block and a taken for granted attitude that overlooks possible objects of creativity around us.

We need not look far to turn ordinariness into great images because there are ALWAYS something worth capturing. This A-Z photo challenge will get your creative juices flowing.

There are no hard and fast rules to take part. You can take photos with whatever gadget you have. Simply show your interest in the comments and add the pingback to your shoots so that others can check it out as well.

I will collate all the participants URL and share at the end of the challenge.

Looking forward to seeing your great images. Have fun.

Quick D.I.Y on Adding a Pingback

Simply right-click on the URL you want to copy and share

Click on ‘copy link address’

On your editor, click on the link icon circled in red below

Insert the copied link into the box for URL and the proper text that you want the link to read.

Be sure to click on ‘open link in a new tab’ so that the reader can reach the page without exiting your site.

A-Z List

A. Abstracts, Apple

B. Bare feet, Bicycle

C. Clouds, city scenes,

D. Decorations, Dogs

E. Eggs, Environment

F. Feline, Flowers

G. Gardens, Gold

H. Hands, History

I. Ice, Isolated objects

J. Jewelry, Junk

K. Keys, Kids

L. Light, Learning

M. Macro, monument

N. Night, Nonsense

O. Odd things, orange

P. Pattern, Peppers

Q. Queer, Quick

R. Red, Reflections

S. Signs, Silhouettes

T. Tattoos, Transport

U. Umbrella, Utensils

V. Vacation, Vignette

W. Waterfall, Window

X. Find images with an X in them

Y. Yellow, Yacht

Z. Zipper, Zoo

 




Tips To Improve Your Photography

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Study and emulate the best photographers

Take time to study the best photographs taken by photographers in your field. As simple as it sounds, looking at other people’s work, finding out what it is about it appeals to you, and how it was done, what you don’t like about it and how to avoid that leads to improvement in your own photographing sessions.

A great photo will capture your interest and make you think. Have these pointing thoughts at the back of your mind:

  • What is it about the image that appeals to you. Is it the subject taken, the light, the angle, the composition etc Understanding the elements that work in a great photo helps you think of how to include them in your own photos.
  • What time of the day was the photo taken? Does the light make a difference? What direction does the light come from – back, front or side? Try to shoot during that time frame and see how it turns out.

If possible, dash off a quick question to the image creator and ask pertinent questions that you might have. A lot of times, people like to help and teach.

Enjoy the learning process but don’t forget to go out and create your own fantastic images. Check this link for more tips on photography.

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Pay Attention To Little Details

Your total image is more than the subject of your interest. A quick check of the sides, top, and bottom of your frame to see that everything works well together or if anything is out-of-place gives you a 99.9% chance of capturing that great image.

If there’s something that’s not quite right for the image is it possible to adjust it to eliminate ‘the noise’ that would detract from your subject. The whole photo should be balanced with the right perspective.

Naturally, there are those spontaneous shots that equally turn out brilliantly, but that is not always the norm. Check here for more photography tips.

Quick glossary

Noise: Simply defined, image noise in digital photography is the commonly used term to describe visual distortions in a photo. It looks like grain or splotches of discoloration when it’s really bad, and can ruin your photograph. The noise tends to get worse when you’re shooting in low light.

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Review Your Angle

All humans view the world from the eye level which pretty much limits the perspective that we see an image to a certain altitude.

However, you could improve the appearance of your images by changing your viewing height and place by shooting on your knees, flat on your backside, from a height or on your sides.

These little tricks could turn an ordinarily mundane photo into an amazing image. You can check this link for more tips.

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Read Your Manual Improve Your Photography

I know, I know, camera manuals or any manual for that matter does not make an engaging article to read. They can literally bore you to tears but the truth remains that the manual would tell you a whole lot about your camera and how to get the best out of it.

Just spending a little time with your cameras’ manual could surprise you with the amount of information that you learn from it.

It would save you lots of time wasted on trials and errors and the knowledge would help you each time you photograph.

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