Black and white Cat on bed

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.

san francisco cityHave 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

Want to suggest a photo prompt for a future Seen From A Different Angle weekly challenge? Let me know in the comments below. Really I want your input.

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Happy cloud spotting!

 

 

 

Not all those who wander are lost little girls

I am constantly finding things that I want to photograph. It could be a plant, a cool space or the way the light is at a certain time of day. For example I was taking out the trash and noticed the amazing pink sky, ran in the house grabbed my camera (yes the big dslr) and drove to the park so I could capture the beautiful sunset before it disappeared behind the bank of fog rolling into the bay.

This week we are off on adventure. Be on the look out for things, places, objects, interesting light and even people. It’s all about discovery and the journey. Think of this quote, “Not all those who wander are lost,” by J.R.R. Tolkien as you look around this week . So go wander and show us all what you find by posting your images to Instagram with hashtag #wpmyview.

Want to see what others find this week? Check out the gallery of tagged images in this gallery,. We have  have almost 1000 images. On Sunday, I pull together pics to be featured on my Instagram feed, so be sure to follow me @shuttershelly.

Want to suggest a photo prompt for a future Seen From A Different Angle weekly challenge? Let me know in the comments below.

I’m still collecting email addresses to find out if you are interested in having photo guide and inspiration at your fingertips? You’ll get a confirmation email in your inbox/junk mail confirming you have signed up. Click the URL to confirm and then I’ll know you’re interested.


 

 

kids playing leap frog near lakeWho doesn’t love a summer’s day? How about a warm evening when you can walk around without a sweater on? As we reach the mid-point to the summer season, it’s time to showcase all the summer goodness. Think about all the fun summertime activities you can be capturing: swimming, hiking, camping, bar-b-queuing, squirt gun fights, eating watermelon, riding bikes, flying kites, walking the dogs, playing Frisbee, listening to a concert at the local park, going to the county fair, licking an ice cream cone, drinking a cold beverage on a patio … just to name a few.

There’s more daylight hours, so use the longer day to get out of the office and go for an evening stroll. Oh the joys of summer!

How to play along

Snap and share your pics on Instagram with hashtag #wpmyview. All images tagged with #wpmyview are collected into this gallery. Towards the end of the week your hashtagged image(s) may be featured on my Instagram feed, so be sure to follow me @shuttershelly.

What to suggest a photo prompt for a future Seen From A Different Angle weekly challenge? Let me know in the comments below.