One of the hardest and ongoing lessons is teaching composition and students needing to take multiple shots of a subject.
So often they are satisfied with the first image they shoot.
Today in the Photography classes, I asked the students to choose two objects and combine them in a new and different way to create a more interesting image.
I showed them the first photo of the two objects i selected as an example-
I shot the first with all the cluttered background of the classroom. The second one was to be cleaned up- not show the environment. No backpacks, chairs, notebooks, pencils, computers, students.
Here’s the DON’T
I picked up the student camera from a table
overexposure with the setting
and a student’s finger holding the piece of paper as background to block the clutter is visible,
but the objective is closer to being met.
Roll of tape and a rubber dog.
Trying to encourage them to keep at it and try something different. Try different angles and distance. Change the light.
Self- portrait in the array of objects collected on disposable wedding cookie tray at the end of the day.
and Man on Time
Will share some of the compostions of the students when they pick their best.
Not sure what the exact percentage might be, but many people really aren’t thinking they’d like their photograph taken. (Brides and homecoming/prom goers are definite exceptions)
Maybe people don’t mind taking it of themselves on a phone at a cool venue to share but sometimes you’re just not “feeling it”
Last year I received the Awkward Family Photo® Game but those photos can’t be recreated easily, even with intention.
Granddaughter Anna (11) likes to try with her siblings, giving them directions. We have fun but it doesn’t always rhyme.
Henry the Airedale adds some excitement and action, creates a blur, while sporting his Christmas tie.
The shot just before the one above
Christmas morning candid with the available light of the tree
Christmas night Laura and James were leaving and it was WAIT, let’s make Mom happy and let her take our pic”
NYC Tourist Gallery-Dog Lover Sweater, Grand Central I Love NY Tourism Window, Paddington Ad, The Crowd at Rockefeller Center and a Couple More Christmas Windows
One more gallery of New York City. I’ve been home a week.
By looking at the photographs, I’m still enjoying the time I had with my sister.
I was a tourist for sure!
the crowd at Rockefeller Center last Sunday
Another Killer Heel in a Store Window
People like to photograph the Christmas windows.
Market in Grand Central
The train display at the Transit Museum in Grand Central
Transit Museum Train Display
When one of the grandkids sees something when they’re out and about and thinks-
“oooh, a good one for Grandma’s Blog”, takes a picture to send to me, I like to share it.
Good to encourage their “seeing”.
I told Anna I’ll help her start a blog of her very own. I think she has a great eye. She could start once a week, not daily.
Two years ago Anna took the photo of the pick up truck filled with mannequin legs, headed “to the dummy store.”
A November day, three years ago, my sister Mary and I were visiting the family in Ohio. She was walking with her two great nephews and youngest great niece and Murphy the Airedale (RIP Murph we miss you) to greet Anna as she came home on the school bus.
The adventure may not seem epic in scale compared to some of the other entries, but when you’re almost 3, 4+ and 6, walking the dog and riding scooters down the block to welcome your big sister( 8) home is pretty exciting.
I like the feel of the wind, the weather, the line of the five of them, making their way to the bus stop at the end of the road.
Tampa Florida is his birthplace.
You’ve seen him sport the orange and blue in the scarlet and gray Buckeye Country.
Michael Joseph is 9- August 21st.
Last single digit birthday. An avid Lego® builder, likes to play chess and is a good swimmer in the pool.
Happy Happy Birthday Michael.
love, your Grandma
Michael has been featured on the blog many times but today is his day. In fact this photo was my first post on the blog
And just last weekend he did the WipeOut Obstacle Course at Ohio State TWICE!
The girls and I went to Aunt Lala’s today. Uncle James was at work.
Aunt Lala did the girls hair.
Then we hung out with Penny the Golden Doodle on the front porch and the girls loved the porch swing.
Anna and Penny traded bandanas and headbands. We had a relaxing summer afternoon.
Trying to not think about my return to school on Tuesday.
I used Laura’s sewing machine to stitch up the legs, arms and tails and now the two monkeys for Anna and her friend are ready to turn, stuff and stitch by hand. The socks were on Clearance for 93 cents at Target last year. I bought way too many thinking I would make a ton of monkeys.
Happy Birthday Laura.
(Didn’t Erika coin your nickname, Lala? )
What is the definition of a “lap dog”?
A dog who is able to sit on your lap.
Penny is a lap dog.
I am so excited you are here in the Burgh. Good timing on the wedding weekend so you get to come to Pittsburgh.
You always called it CLOUD CAKE.
We’ll add some fresh berries and ice cream.
Without the shades this time. Thanks. love you lots.
Happy Birthday dear daughter. Love. Ma
Monday morning started out foggy but as the day wore on it burned off.
And darn if I don’t have another Ailanthus tree to cut down and try and get the roots out. These supposed trees called Tree of Heaven are definitely invasive. Ugh.
Monday morning fog from the front porch
When I got to the Mellon Park fountain for a photo shoot, I saw a wedding bouquet and an abandoned fan with the names
Rae and Nick 8-2-14
And then right in the middle of the shoot, I met Margaret a 7 month old Giant Schnauzer named Margaret and I gave her owner a postcard with the blog address and said to email me and I’d send the pic. What a distinctive looking dog.
Margaret has a lot of creative energy. You can just tell. She is still a pup but about 70 pounds!!!
Well, Giant Schnauzer. A lucky dog to be a rescue.
Another view of the abandoned bouquet at the fountain.