I spent the weekend in southern California splashing in the pool with my cousins. One set of cousins were in town from New York, another group drove up from San Diego and all the Angelenos converged, so we could spend time together like the good ole days when we all lived a block apart.

It was an epic pool party. We had relay innertube races and diving competitions. Then switched to our favorite childhood summer pool activity – the toothpick game. One person places a toothpick between their toes and jumps into the deep end, while all the other participates sit on the side of the pool’s edge, kicking until the person who jumped in is on the pool deck. Then the hunt of the floating stick of wood can begin. If you see the toothpick you jump in and try to grab it. Of course others almost always follow you in to splash it away.

As we played a wave of nostalgia came over me. We used to spend hours and hours water logged playing this game in my aunt’s pool two blocks away. One round after the next. Applying different tactics to out wit, out see , out splash and out swim the other participates. This took up most of my summers as a youth.

It’s about this time in the year that we all begin to feel a bit nostalgic for more summer days as we slide towards the fall. So it’s the perfect prompt for this week.

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Shooting Ideas
When see something or are a part of something that triggers a fond memory … take out your camera and capture it. This Ferris Wheel in Seattle reminds me of the LA County fair – the sounds of the fun zone, the sand creatures my brother I used to make, the P.Nuttles we used to munch on, the miniature train set up, the info-vendors, the horse racing, the crafts and the flower building.

Sharing

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How to See Other’s Images

Our image gallery is growing every week. Have you checked it out? Head on over to see what others are finding and be inspired. To check out the images on Instagram, click the star icon, select the hashtag tab and type in #wpmyview. All the tagged images will appear for you to scroll through and enjoy.

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It’s time to learn. Whether you’re off to school or watching a YouTube video to figure out how to do something, we are all in a constant state of learning. I am no different than you. I want to learn new things too and I want to learn how to do something better, quicker, smarter and more efficient.

As a business owner, I’m consistently learning as well. I spent last Thursday and Friday watching Tara Gentile on Creative Live teach Market, Launch and Sell Your Next Big Thing. It was great. She broke down how to think through the launch process, how to write your pitch and why email marketing can be a game changer for connecting with your audience.

So this week, I want you to show off your smarts like the girls above. (Aren’t they so cute, like our prompt from last week? There is a post coming soon from this awesome Target, back to school, kids fashion shoot.)

Shooting Ideas
Capture where you’re learning. Maybe it’s in classroom with a teacher, maybe it’s at the library, on your couch with your tablet, on your computer in the office, reading a book in bed, absorbing a magazine article on an airplane, reading the newspaper at the kitchen table, or building something new with mom in the backyard.

Take a picture of what you’re learning: how to change a bicycle tire, how to fix your Jeep (shout out to my cousin Aaron), how to add and subtract, how to paint, how to throw a pot, how to read the histogram on the back of your camera, how to blow a bubble with gum, how to sing a new song… you get the idea, right?

Sharing

Post where you’re learning, or what you’re learning to Instagram with hashtag #wpmyview for all of us to see. All images tagged with #wpmyview are collected into this gallery. And please share the photo prompt with all your friends using the Repost app. Because sharing is caring and it’s fun :)

How to See Other’s Images

Our image gallery is growing every week. So much cuteness from last week to check out and can’t wait to see what you’re learning this week. Head over to the  gallery and see what others are finding and be inspired. To check out the images on Instagram, click the star icon, select the hashtag tab and type in #wpmyview. All the tagged images will appear for you to scroll through and enjoy.

Be Featured on My Instagram Feed

On Sundays your hashtagged image(s) may be featured on my Instagram feed as part of the #FabFour, so be sure to follow me @shuttershelly.

Sign Up to get the Blog Posts via Email (then you don’t have to remember the url)

You check your email multiple times a day on your smart phone, but you probably don’t remember to check the blog on Mondays to get the weekly photo prompt. So, why not have the blog posts and photo prompts come you? Simply enter your email below and confirm that you really want email from me, then every Monday you’ll get a message from me in your inbox with the weekly round up from the blog and of course the Seen From A Different Angle weekly photo prompt.





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Oh the cuteness! This week we are in search of all things cute.  Just look at Pepper above, isn’t he just so… cute? Many of you may be sending your little ones off to school this week. And that would be a perfect cuteness photo opportunity.

Look to apply various form of composition we practiced a few weeks ago here and here, and change up your point of view too.

Sharing

Show off your cuteness captures by posting to Instagram with hashtag #wpmyview. And please share the photo prompt with all your friends using the Repost app. Because more is merrier :)

How to See Other’s Images

Our image gallery is growing every week. I think we are closing in on 1100 images. That’s a hundred more images than last week. Let’s keep the image party going.
Head over to the  gallery and see what others are finding and be inspired. To check out the images on Instagram, click the star icon, select the hashtag tab and type in #wpmyview. All the tagged images will appear for you to scroll through and enjoy.

On Sundays, I pull together your images  to be featured on my Instagram feed, so be sure to follow me @shuttershelly.

  • ajira - August 18, 2014 - 10:07 am

    Yay cuteness! :D

When Kaya contacted me, she mentioned the casual ease of her family. If her two boys could they would be in athletic neon colored basketball shorts everyday. And she warned me that her husband may be a bit difficult to work with, as he’s not a big fan of getting his picture taken after a battle with a photographer at their wedding many years ago. After learning about these keys points, I asked about things the family likes to do together, places they like to go, activities that they are all engaged in. Finding things they like to do as a family creates a sense of comfort and helps to ease unwilling or timid subjets into the photographs.

The family loves spending time in their backyard, going to baseball games, playing games and hanging at the beach. So, our session started with shenanigans in the backyard and finished at the beach where Steve proposed.

I like incorporating things that are special and unique to the families into their sessions. It makes the sessions feel more relaxed and allows the kids and parents to adjust to a camera being around more quickly.  So involving this families trampoline, swimming pool, bubble gum and a fun game of whiffle ball was totally their style.

A few days before the session Kaya and I worked out some refined casual looks that would work for the family. We built the looks off a cute blue top she had and filled in the boys looks with a few items they had and a couple new things I sourced from the Sean White collection at Target. For Dad we kept it really simple, a new white polo and his favorite cargo shorts. I had to veto the 1989 Lakers Champion t-shirt, though. Sorry Steve.

On the day of the session I arrived early to find Steve and Eli practicing their fantasy football draft picks.  I had no idea this was something that needed to be practiced. We chatted about their teams, their strategy for their picks and sports overall. Once the teams were built it was time to swap clothes and head to the backyard to play.

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I had a great time capturing your family. Can’t wait ’til November for Eli’s bar mitzvah. I know we’ll have just as much fun.

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Have you ever laid on a blanket on top of a grassy hill and watch the clouds pass over head, pointing at various ones shouting out, “a rabbit” or “a dog” or even “Homer Simpson”? Well, this week I encourage you to slow down and enjoy the extra sunlight hours. Before we know it, the sun will set at five o’clock which won’t leave time to bask in the glow of summer after work hours.

Get outside and be still for a few minutes. Feel the warmth of the light hit your face and peer up to see the changing shapes in the sky. Then point your handy camera to the sky and snap away. Of course if you’re traveling this week by plane, you can peer down on the clouds, much like my aerial view of San Francisco above. Clouds come in all shapes and sizes and provide texture to the endless blue. They catch the beautiful colors at the end of the day, turning the horizon into a painterly canvas.  Check out these past prompts for more cloud inspiration: weather, what’s up, and rule of thirds.

Shooting tip with a SLR/DSLR:

When focusing on the blue sky, you’ll find that to achieve the deep blues you need to under expose for it. That means understanding your camera’s metering. When you look through the viewfinder you see a number line, like a ticker, -2…1…0…1…2+ There will be a little ^ that will appear, noting the overall exposure. Now you’ll also need know the metering mode that you’re camera is using. There are generally three types: evaluative /matrix, spot and center weighted.

What does that all mean? It means that depending on the meter mode the camera determines the exposure differently. Evaluative/Matrix metering takes into consideration the entire light in the viewfinder. It’s looking at every pixel and determining the exposure. Spot metering only takes into consideration the light in the center of the frame. This is where the center focus point is located. Center weighted is a wider radius than spot metering, but again the camera is determining exposure based on the light in the center of the frame and no where else.

So go get your camera manual and figure out how to change your meter mode. You’ll see that by taking a image using the different meter modes, changing nothing else, will most likely result in three differently exposed images.

You will also need to use your camera in a professional shooting mode, such as Av, Tv, P or M. All of these modes allow for you to adjust your exposure by changing either the shutter speed, aperture, or ISO. I recommend using Manual mode, so you can have the most control. Again consult your manual about adjusting ISO, aperture and shutter speed. As you adjust one of these items, it will adjust the exposure and the ticker on the number line inside the viewfinder will move either towards the minus or plus side. To underexpose you want the ticker to move towards the minus side.

Sharing

Show off your cloud animals by posting your images to Instagram with hashtag #wpmyview. And share the photo prompt with all your friends by sharing this post and using the Repost app.

See Other’s Images

We have crossed the 1000 image mark!!!! You guys rock. So head over to the  gallery, and see what others are finding and be inspired. On Sunday, I pull together pics to be featured on my Instagram feed, so be sure to follow me @shuttershelly.

Suggestions for future

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Happy cloud spotting!