DAY 2 of the HERA Photography Workshop was thankfully a bit less bleary eyed. We got to meet at 7 instead of 6:30 a.m. Oh, yay. We leisurely conferenced over coffee and bagels before riding up Little Cottonwood Canyon for the agenda of shooting macro images.
To get water to look like a veil, slow down your exposure (test 1/30 or 1/60 of a second) and have a steady hand or tripod.
Tip #11 – Be conscientious about little things poking into your photo from the sides. Also the ‘hotness of the background can take away your focus. I.e. watch out for sun flares in the corners of your image.
We rallied back at BD for the final individual critique and a little slideshow of our work. I can’t believe that I actually saw improvement in everyone’s pictures. Even mine.
I now realize that Lisa was abusive. Her attempt to be funny without ever explaining why a picture ‘fails’ (in her mind) would only stifle someone’s desire. It helped nothing. To be fair, she didn’t know those pictures were mine. It was part of a photo scavenger hunt contest. But what I’ve learned after this weekend is that everyone has potential and everyone can improve with feedback that emphasizes the good and points out what could be better. Take lessons from someone who can nurture as well as teach. It’s not about who’s better but being your best. Everything you see is one click away from being a compelling photograph. Read all about the type of images you want to take, bust out the camera and start snapping away. And make sure you sign up for clinics like the one during HERA.
I got a handy little device in the mail just before the HERA workshop started. Though it feels weighty I suppose the Capture needs some beef to keep your camera secure. You attach a plate to the bottom of your DLSR or Point n Shoot where you normally screw in the tripod, then attach the clip to where ever- a belt loop, shoulder strap, messenger bag, etc. The camera slips into the clip. You press a little red button on the side to insert and release the camera. There’s also a place underneath the camera plate to screw in a tripod so you don’t have to keep taking the plate off.
I had no trouble trusting the system.
The Capture enabled me to use both hands to scramble around boulders and through dry creek beds without having to worry about my camera swinging out from the neck strap and slamming into something. Plus, when I wanted to shoot, I wasn’t digging through my pack to get out the camera. $80, http://peakdesignltd.com/