Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Landscape Photography

I took a phototography class from JR Cowell on landscape photography. Something totally different than doing everyday portraits. We met downtown Wichita at the Keeper of the Plains. Sadly I've lived here all my life and didn't even know how to get there so I googled it.

Yes..that's a piece of my hair in the image above...should have worn a headband knowing it was a windy day.

I learned the following...
1) I've been holding my camera upside down for the last 5 years
2) I shouldn't be squinting with one eye open thru the view finder
3) I can now use my left eye open...very new concept and hard to break old habits
4) It can get very heavy toting your tripod, camera bag, 3 lens, and a bottle of water around town on a hot day
5) You don't have to be looking thru the view finder to take the shot...leaving it on the ground is an alternative
6) What types of things to meter from
7) Be patient for bystanders to get out of your photo unless you want hippies and spandex in your photos
8) I've never shot at f/16 until today
9) Be open to your surroundings and what to look for
10) Always clean your lens and remove dirt and black spots before the shoot....learned after I uploaded all my pictures from the 3 hour shooting and found the same black spot on each image. Guess my eyes aren't as good as they used to be.


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