>> Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I discovered TTV or Through the Viewfinder photography a few years ago and loved it. After spending some time researching how to do TTV and what kind of camera to use, I purchased my first camera through ebay, an Argus 75. Once it arrived, I coaxed my husband into assembling a “contraption” to block the light out with cereal boxes. We spent a whole afternoon driving around town and taking photos. I was hooked.
>> Thursday, June 17, 2010
>> Wednesday, June 16, 2010
After I take my photographs, I load everything on the computer. I pick out my favorites and do some minor work in Photoshop:
- Color correct
- Crop – I don’t crop my photos very often. I like to frame my subject in the camera. Sometimes even though I framed my subject in the camera, it just looks better cropped.
- Convert to black and white – I don’t do this a lot either, but sometimes a photograph just has more pop in black and white. It’s not that I don’t love black & white, I kind of the let the photograph speak to me. If it’s right I’ll do it.
>> Tuesday, June 15, 2010
>> Monday, June 14, 2010
While I truly believe that it’s talent and creativity that creates great art and not the equipment you use, having a nice camera, paint brushes, etc. certainly helps when working in your creative medium. Here are my favorite tools:
>> Saturday, June 12, 2010
Ashley! Thanks to everyone that left a comment. Have a lovely Saturday.
>> Friday, June 11, 2010
>> Wednesday, June 9, 2010
>> Monday, June 7, 2010
This is a week of firsts…first class, first camera, first photos.
I’ve been taking pictures off and on for over 10 years. After you have been doing something for so long, you start to think, how did I get here? Well, this is how my love of photography started…
>> Friday, June 4, 2010
What topics would you like me to talk about?
What do you think of the new direction for the blog?
What do you want to see on the blog?
Please make sure I have a way to contact you. Deadline is Friday, June 11 at midnight. I'll pick the winner on Saturday, June 12. Your comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated.
>> Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Yesterday I talked about the inspirations I plan to share. Here are a few of the other categories you can look forward to:
Reviews: I’ll review printers, equipment, books, etc.
Studio Tours: I’ll share parts of my studio, my favorite equipment and materials
Upcoming Shows: I’ll still let you know about upcoming shows. All shows can be found in the right column of the blog.
Sales: I’ll let you know about sales I’m having in my shop
Photographs: New photographs will still be posted on the blog. I’ve been planning on sharing a few before and afters to show what a photo looks like when it comes straight out of the camera and the Photoshop work I do for the final version.
Stop by on Friday for a giveaway!
>> Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Yesterday I talked about the new direction for Buttons & Pears. Today I’ll give you more details on what I have planned for the blog. I’ll start next week by sharing my discovery of photography and how I got started. I’m going to try and dig up my first photograph from my very first class. I still have every negative and every photo, even if they weren’t very good.
Here are a few of the categories I’ve come up with:
My Inspiration: This is a big one. Inspiration is a large part of creation and comes in many different forms.
Music: I’ll share which artists and songs inspire me. I believe there is a strong connection between what I’m listening to and how my photographs look. It’s not just while shooting the photographs, but in the processing as well.
Other artists: I’m always inspired by other artists. I’ll share artist’s work that I love and I’ll also bring back Flickr Inspiration. There are so many great images on Flickr and I love playing curator. So be on the lookout for Flickr mosaics.
Objects around my home: There are so many things that inspire me and a lot of the time it’s something in my home. So I’ll share what those things are and how they are transformed into a fine art photograph.
I’ll pick back up tomorrow with a list of the other categories.