Lessons in lighting

That’s right folks, it is time for another instalment of this lovely blog brought to you by moi! Yesterday was the day I took my very first photography class! It was fabulous! It is run by the Canadian Photography Learning Institute and it is called Lighting: Principles and Practice. I think, that of all the things I can do to improve my work and as an artist and a photographer is to get a better understanding of the principles and practices of light – I mean light is basically the essence of photography, so here I find myself with a thirst to learn!

The first class was theory heavy, which I admit, I kind of enjoy. We did a few activities to help understand hard and soft light, shadows, and how to create softer light anywhere. We used t-shirts and sheets, and reflectors, and all sorts of fun stuff to achieve this sought after soft light every photographer craves. It was great, and it really showed me how a photograph can change in an instant. I mostly shot my tea cup from starbuck, but the principle remained the same regardless of the subject. I must say, I learnt a lot! I am so excited to go back next week!

As I was leaving the class I could see through the hills the start of an amazing sunset. You know me, so off I rushed to my favourite spot which is about 15 – 20 min away from the classes but only 2 min away from my house and I burst out of my car and ran across the highway to catch this epic scene (though I wasn’t in a good position to get the striking clouds on the other side). I took a few standard sunset shots, but I really tried to get creative here. I knelt down in the tall grass and the wheat fields and took shots of flowers with the sunset in the background and used some grainy textures with some higher ISO to make an antique look. I think the photos came out great! I am really happy with them. So I headed back to my car, a bundle of itching from the 24 mosquito bites I incurred and ended up home! I successfully created my first template with the help of RockMyEdits Photoshop templates and here I am now, blogging about this whole thing! So, with out further interruptions, here are some of my shot! And, not the boring ones of my starbucks container!ImageImageImageImageImage

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Back to basics

Hey all,

So here goes, again! This past year has been a whirl wind for me. With finishing up my BSW starting my business, planning a wedding, moving cities and the list goes on. I have had a hard time getting back to the basics of why I love photography. On Friday of last week ( the 15th) I realized it had been absolutely ages since I had stopped to take pictures for my self – you know sunsets, creatives, and all the fun stuff that people don’ pay me for. I couldn’t believe it! I was shocked that it had been over 9 months since I had taken a random pit stop on the high way or pulled in to some dodgy alleyway.

Well, being me I found myself in a farmers field as I was making this realization and I stooped to take a few photos just as the sun was beginning to set. It was so fabulous! The best thing I have done for myself in a long time. It lead to a whole series of great inspiration and wonderful ideas for future shoots and I found myself in love with my camera all over again. It was such a great feeling. I spent the whole weekend snapping pictures and loving life!

I guess my less was to remember to appreciate the small things and do this for me. I need to continue to do this because I love this, not because someone pays me to do it. So, like the title  – back to basics!

Here are a few of my weekend shots! ImageImageImageImageImage

Hope you all have a great week!

❤ Steph