My sister mentioned a while back that my photographs were less than stellar. I really wanted to get great pictures of the food I made and of the garden. Unfortunately, I have absolutely no “eye.” She sent me links to tips of food photography and I read them so I, too, could take stunning photographs of everything I post. Sadly, photography and the art-disabled don’t seem to go together.
My husband gave me a really nice digital camera for Christmas a few years ago and, at first, I was taking pictures I really loved. This picture of my service-dog-in-training, Remy is one of my favorites!
But pictures of my garden, the food I make, and even of my grand kids are a disappointment. I don’t know where I’ve gone wrong. I am aware of a couple of issues and they’d probably sound silly if I listed them. One or two I could resolve by taking a couple of minutes before taking pictures to ensure I could see what I was photographing.
Another problem is my lack of “props.” The tips pages all suggest using cute dishware, different glassware, silverware, and tablecloths. Great. My dishes are white. Just plain white. And I’m not able to go purchase a variety of props for my pictures. So I’m going to work on the actual photos and worry about props later.
Yesterday I went outside and took a bunch of photos of things growing out back. I got up my courage and stopped using the auto function of my camera. I was going to actually try turning knobs and selecting things in the menu. I’d read about white balance, shutter speeds, and manual focus. It was time to get serious about the photographs.
One thing I really wanted to do (do not laugh at me or I’ll just stop right here) was learn to get something in the foreground in focus and have the things in the background blurred. That seems like an easy thing to do but I always seem to get it backwards.
My first photo was of some Queen Anne’s Lace growing by the wood pile.
It was a success as far as getting the foreground focused and the background blurred! Not a picture that would make it into National Geographic but I got what I wanted.
Then I took some pictures of my wild grapes.
They were okay but the color and brightness were off. It was pretty sunny out but still….
Then it occurred to me. I’m not a professional photographer and that’s why God made Photoshop! I could tweak the things I didn’t like about my pictures!
And it worked! It’s far from perfect but it’s better. I still need to work on improving the original photographs and I’ll undoubtedly still need to tweak them using Photoshop but they’ll get much better.
My next mission was to try to get small details in the photographs.
Enter the bugs on the sunflowers.
It’s not great. The bee kind of blends into the center of the flower but I can find it so I’m happy. Sort of.
The original, pre-Photoshop looks like this –
I wanted every picture to be perfect. But then again, I want everything I do to be perfect and things rarely are when I do them. This is going to take time and practice. I may even have to study the camera manual and find a garage sale with lots of different tableware. Meanwhile, I’ll keep cooking and gardening and hoping that you’ll bear with my pictures while I learn.