This is second post of my thoughts, comments, what I have learned… etc. from Otto’s (In Flow) e-workshop, Finding Your Photographic Voice. Before I start, I would like to ask you a favor. It took me seemingly forever to encourage my husband to start his blog and he finally did. So far, he only posted one photo. If you have time, would you please visit Wei Chen Photo? A little encouragement is good for everyone. Thanks.
How I feel, so far…
Every week, I am anxious to receive a new lesson and find out what our assignments are. After reading the assignments, I admit, the first thought coming to my mind is: “What am I going to do?” Three or four hours later, usually, I start having some ideas and start shooting. Some of my original ideas aren’t good enough. Then I come up with different ideas. In general, as soon as I pass the initial panicking moment, I enjoy it a lot! 😉
I often have to read the lesson twice or three times to get it (don’t ask me why). Even after reading it several times, sometime, I’m still not sure. So sometime I submit a photo, not because it is a good photo, but because I have question about the photo. The purpose of taking this workshop is not trying to impress my instructor, but trying to learn.
My Experience for Lesson 2 (second part 😉
One assignment is to photograph bold color and the other is delicate color. Suddenly it seems to me that, 99.9% of my photos are between bold and delicate. Am I right? I don’t really know. All I know is that I searched around my house, and visited our downtown for any bold color, and I didn’t find it. I guess Midwesterners are not bold color people. For example, the following photo… it is in between, right?
My Experience for Lesson 3
Lesson 3 is playing with shutter speed, depth of field, and gradient. I have used SS mode, Aperture mode less than 10 times before and always wanted to experience more like taking photos with every speed… etc., but I never did it (being lazy). I appreciate this lesson, because it motivated (pushed?) me to do the right thing.
One surprise I got is this following photo, which was shot at 1/500. It is very different from what I saw with my eyes. We can easily be fooled, I learned.
Every PC monitor is different. A photo looks great on my PC, may look too dark, or too bright on yours. Isn’t that true? If so, there is nothing we can do, right?
Following that line, is there any way I know how my picture will look like in printing? You have to adjust your photo for the specific printer, right?
THANK YOU!!! And have a great day!