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September 2016

Bringing outdoors indoors…creating your own backgrounds

Fall is here! Of all the seasons it is my favorite. A little coolness in the air, leaves begin to change, football is kicking in gear for all levels, and you just want to be outdoors. The sad thing is after fall is winter and that’s when I stay inside at least 80% of the time. June of this year I wrote a blog about creating photography with limited space and budget by using your kitchen counter and items you have around your home. Now I want to share with you how to create your own backgrounds using the outdoors environment and using them for your indoor photography…bringing outdoors indoors. I’ve learned this technique from Mike Moats Macro Photography class http://mikemoatsblog.com/ last year and never tried it until now.

When I’m photographing items inside I normally use a black or white background. It does get boring. I can go the easy route and open up my favorite software, add color to a plain background. Or I can take my camera outdoors and create my backgrounds. If you have a camera you can focus manually, focus until you have your subject as blurred as you like – it’s up to your liking. (If you have problems setting your camera up to shoot your image blurry, still take your photographs, open in your software and make adjustments for blurriness.) Open your image in your software and print it on plain computer paper. If you decide to use photographic paper make sure it’s matte. Glossy paper will give a shine to your background, which can become a distraction and takes away from your final image. Print out a few and begin using for all types of backgrounds for your indoor projects.

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The samples below are items I have around the house. Both were photographed with available light. The rose is from The Rose Project. I don’t photograph flowers too often but I do know there are a lot of flower lovers and it will be a great indoors project in the winter and other seasons as well.

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The next one is the Willow Tree Sunrise.

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If you’re like me when the cold weather comes and feels like it is staying forever, you still want to take your camera out and photograph something…..anything. In the next month or so I will go out and create more backgrounds. While I’m inside making sure my gloves, hats, boots, etc. are in close range, I will also start looking around for small trinkets that will make wonderful subjects for my indoors photography projects.

Happy shooting!! 🙂 🙂

If you want to see more photographs from the Rose Project click here: The Rose Project

www.demeatriaphotography.com

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Women Photographers Together: learning, working and fellowship

September 10th I participated in the Black Female Photographers 5th Annual Photo Walk. Photo Walk is when groups of people who enjoy photography get together for one day and take photographs. Size, style, make of your camera doesn’t matter…..a day when everyone have the same common interest – photography. In the past I walked in Washington DC, Richmond, VA and the last two in Dallas, TX. Don’t let the name fool you. In other cities men, as well as women, participated.

Our walk took place at Las Colinas Canal in Irving, TX. A list of photographic exercises was created. It wasn’t something you had to do but wanted to do. I believe we all made an effort throughout the day to perform the exercises to the best of our abilities. Some of the exercises were leading lines, layers and depth, frame within a frame and silhouette. I felt this brought us all together in some way. We worked together to understand and/or learn from the exercises. In our own way each one of us shared our strengths and weaknesses. And during the entire walk we fellowship. What I enjoyed more than anything was watching women being photographer’s….in their zones doing what they love to do…creating photographs. As I walked I decided to take photographs of the women as they learned, worked and fellowship.

Thank you Tyson Pough (www.tysonpough.com) for being a great walk leader for Dallas.

Until the next time……Happy shooting!! 🙂 🙂

www.demeatriaphotography.com

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Tyson Pough teaching how to shoot silhouettes outdoors.

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