Photographs are a significant part of my blog, and taking photographs is quite time consuming when you figure in the time composing say a vignette, or a garden or floral photo, or even a room. I have only been blogging months, not years, but I have received a lot of e-mails asking me how I get the nice photos I do. Thank you very much for the compliments. I have always enjoyed photography and am self taught. In my family I was always the one behind the camera. I took after an Aunt, who gave me my very first camera. The digital camera has increased my love of photography 100 fold, and it helps to have a good digital camera, and thanks to KBJ I have one that is suitable for what I do here on the blog. I still have my very first digital camera, and it is still quite suitable for everyday shots, but this camera has spoiled me. I rarely use my iPhone camera.
So to answer a frequent question-what camera do I use?……I now use a Sony NEX-6. It is user friendly, is lightweight, is comfortable to hold, it has the ability to let me photograph in low light fairly easily, photograph the width of most rooms without distortion, among many more features. I still have a lot to learn about using this camera, but I have to say I was not disappointed to have given up my original thought on what camera I wanted.
I thought I would share with you, by taking you through my thinking when I take and then edit and select photographs I want to use on the blog. I wanted to create an autumn vignette in my foyer using only what I had on hand. It was going to sit on a walnut gate leg table that sits against the foyer wall. Folded down it is only about 6 inches deep. For most of my indoor photographs I use a tripod or a monopod which I really like a lot. In low light situations, the shutter speed is slow, so the only way to avoid blurry shots is either to have a very steady hand (nope for me) or using a tripod.
I have shared a simplified version of the process. I take on average about a 75-100 photos to come up with 10 or so decent one. Some times I go back and forth from the computer to retake even more. Sometime I luck out with the light and I know exactly the shot I want to get, and I end up taking less. The most frustrating part of blogging for me is the time it takes to edit and upload the photos into the article. Time consuming to say the least. The photos above took about three hours to compose, take, edit, upload, and another hour and a few minutes, to write this post. That being said, on the whole, I really enjoy doing it. I have learned when I take inside or outside garden photos to do them at certain times of day to avoid fighting with the sunlight as well as artificial light. I am also accumulating backdrops and other photo items to help make for higher quality photos. It is an ongoing learning process.
I hope I have answered some of the most frequent questions adequately. If not, ask away. This vignette is done. I also completed one for the kitchen table that I liked so much, I have left it there. Originally it was just to illustrate how to style and compose the actual vignette. Will post on that as well. I am waiting for darkness to I can take some candlelight and low light photos. Hope you are enjoying your weekend. It is still raining………Laters, charisse