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Zoom Motion Photography – LBD Photography

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Learn by Doing Photography #27 – Zoom Motion Photography

This week give your zoom a go to see if you can create some motion in your picture! This one is fun to practice! I didn’t use a tripod, but next time I will try using one. For this picture we went on a walk and looked for flowers to  try this technique on. What a came how with was a ton of blurry photos. This one was the best out of the batch. You need a real steady hand and smooth zoom motion to keep your subject in focus and the surrounding areas zooming in. The only way to get good at this one is practice and practice….

Give it a try! My settings for this one were 0.3 seconds at f/18

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How to shoot the zoom motion effect:

1. Keep the camera as still as possible
2. Play with the shutter speed, right around 1 second seems to be pretty common, but all will be a bit different
3. Since you have such a slow shutter speed you will want to look for low light situations
4. Now try zooming in and out slowly

Very detailed video on how to shoot a zoom blur effect.  Mike Browne did an amazing job at really explaining how to get a really interesting photograph with this technique.



Next week on Learn by Doing Photography Assignment #28 – Smoke Photography

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Pictures of Pets – LBD Photography

Learn by Doing Photography #21 – Pictures of Pets

This past weekend we had the privilege of watching our friends dog Roy for the weekend.  All four of us fell in love with this guy, he was perfect!  Kat wanted to introduce him to the entire neighborhood. So we walked and walked, we made the rounds and introduced our friends to our guest for the weekend.  We walked to the parks and played and walked to the store just to have a destination on our walk.

I had fun taking pictures of my kids and Roy as we walked. I practiced walking backwards while they walked towards me. That set of pictures didn’t really turn out. It’s hard to walk and photograph at the same time!

This week pick up your camera and take a picture of your sweet puppy, cat lizard or whoever your sweet love is! If you don’t currently have a pet, then call a friend and ask if you can take a picture of their pet!

Learn by Doing Photography – Practice your photography skills with weekly photography assignments. I will post a new assignment every Friday, you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!

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Tips of photographing your pet:

1. Keep the eyes sharp.
2. If possible use natural light.
3. Capture the personality, if your dog sleeps all day capturing him yawning, if he runs all the time try to catch him in action.
4. Try different angles and techniques maybe you want to try a silhouette or a panning motion.
5. Think about your background, try to find something with out to many distractions.
6. Get in close – you hear that one all the time, but it’s true!
6. Be Patient.

Do you have a tip to add to the list? If so let me know, I would be happy to add it!

I found this video by VideoJug talking about how to photograph your pet

 

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Next week on Learn by Doing Photography Assignment #22 – Photographing Waterfalls



LBD Photography – Leading Lines

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Learn By Doing Photography Assignment #13 – Leading Lines

Leading lines refer to the composition technique where the lines lead your eye into the image. You hear about composition rules all the time, but do you always follow them? There is so much to think about when taking a picture… Is my exposure right, is my shutter speed correct, sometimes we forget to look at the composition, at least I do.

This week look for leading lines. You don’t even have to have your camera with you. When you’re running errands or out for a walk just look around for leading lines.

On our walk this week I went out looking for lines and found my sweet girl at that end of that line!

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This is a quick video talking about How to Use Leading Lines – by Mike Browne

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Next Week Learn by Doing Assignment #14 – Star Trails!



LBD Photography – A walk around the block

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Learn by Doing Photography Assignment #8 A walk around the block. Today is an easy one… Just pick up your camera walk out your front door. Walk around the block or down the road. Take a tour of your neighborhood and see what gems you find.

For me, I surprisingly found something I didn’t expect to see this crisp morning, spring!

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The between seasons is always so exciting to me as the first buds appear  so do my first thoughts of summer. As the snow starts to melt away and the sun starts to make an appearance warming my body, my soul even on the coldest winter day. Thoughts of gardening, long summer hikes, trips to the pool and park with the kids, water balloon fights that leave us chilled in the summer sun, ice tea sipped in late afternoon and so much more…

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I hope you find something lovely on your walk today!

Next Week Learn by Doing Assignment #9 – Seeing the Steam!

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Learn by Doing Photography – Love

Assginment # 55 – Love

This week is going to be simple. Pick up your camera and take a picture of something you love. It could be your kids, your family, one of your pets or your favorite ice cream. If you’re having trouble getting everything done this week then take a moment to reflect on some pictures you took this past year. Think of those special moments you had with the ones you love.

Of course two big loves in my life are these two guys, of course I have a ton of pictures of the two of them. So this task proved to be harder for me than taking a picture this week. I ended up wandering down memory lane, thinking of all the things I am thankful for.

My heart melted when they I saw them, gosh when did they get so big!

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When looking for photos I came across this one I took in the same spot, just four years ago.

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My little baker… This is about her 4th master piece. Where she takes to the kitchen and starts baking. Adding a little of this and a little of that until it looks like the perfect consistency for cookies or cake or whatever tickles her fancy. Luckily she uses lots and lots of cinnamon, which makes the final result not too bad!

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Cade went fishing this summer with his grandparents, and came home with a bag full of fish. But this year he waned to cook them.  He floured them up, pan fried and finished them off baking in the oven with fresh lemons, dill and white wine. They were the best… It makes me smile to think how proud he was that he not only brought home dinner, but cooked it as well.

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Cooking is always fun… today they made an apple pie together. But our favorite thing to cook together would be crepes. We have two good flipping pans and they toss them up in the air like pancakes to flip them over. Many end up on the floor, but they’re both getting pretty good at it now.

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She still looks at her big brother with that same love in her eyes. Well… most of the time:) They’re brother and sister and with that comes a bit of sibling fights.
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Oh my sweets… I love you!