Photography Bug

I have the photography bug and if you own a digital SLR camera one of these days you’ll get it too.  I don’t think I realized that behind the camera is me and I’m the one who determines how that photo will look!  I always thought it was the camera.  If you want to learn photography take an online class at Lynda.com.  You’ll get an understanding of your camera, settings, lenses and so much more!   Mooch has offered to demonstrate…

Here’s the original photo shot in aperture priority so the background is blurred.  Enlarge the photo and you’ll really be able to see!

Here’s Mooch softened and cropped using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software

Oh my I really should have cleaned her eye.  No problem I can do it in Photoshop!

Here’s the photo after the white balance was adjusted using the auto setting in Lightroom.  One click and the yellow cast is gone.  My gray cat is back!

Then I went outside to practice shutter speed.   Mooch loves to watch our humming bird feeder.   She does this little “chatter” thing when she’s bird watching.  If you have a cat you’ve probably heard it.  It’s kind of like a vibrating meow!  Strange.

The hummers really put on a show!   I set my camera to shutter priority and a fast shutter speed and ta da I captured them in flight!  I think we have at least 3 humming birds, maybe more.  They were moving so fast I couldn’t tell!

One of my resolutions this year is to learn all I can about taking photos.  If you have a digital SLR pick up that camera and practice changing the settings. It’s so much fun!

Have a great Tuesday everyone!

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  • Mary on Lake Pulaski - Love the hummer photos Anne! I miss them being at my feeder and am glad you are keeping them fed!! I don’t see any here in FL.ReplyCancel

  • Anna - Wish my Enzo loved the lens as much as Mooch. I believe that in a former life he was famous and was hounded by paparazzis and thus hates the camera!ReplyCancel

  • badlandsquilts - Thanks for sharing… I do not have SLR camera but do need to use it better!ReplyCancel

  • JUdy Currie - Those pictures were fantastic – shows what you can do if you apply yourself and have the will to “get it done.” I will check into the SLR cameras. JCReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - Mooch is so beautiful I don’t think it’s possible to take a bad photo of her. I’m amazed at the “stillness” of the hummingbirds. Great photo play.ReplyCancel

  • DeAnna - Hummers are fascinating. If you sit very, very still, they’ll buzz up to you and check you out. They especially like it if you’re wearing a print with red flowers. :D

    Mooch is precious!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy C. in Utah - Anne, I love the photos and the little demonstration was very cool. Our digital camera is so old we can’t even buy a photo card for it anymore…we have to download the pictures to the computer then delete them from the card, LOL. I especially love the hummingbirds. I miss mine so much during the winter. Last summer when I was recouping from my surgery, I would take my stitchery out by the hummingbird feeders and watch their antics as I stitched. Of course I found myself doing more bird watching than stitching. I can’t wait for April to roll around so I can get my hummers back. Hugs….ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - I’ve just bought a Canon 7D and I have so much to learn though. I haven’t got Photoshop yet but hope to soon.ReplyCancel

  • chrisb - Well done your photos are great. I will have to try a bit harder to figure out how to work mine ha. My Rabbits prefer Choc is progressing having such fun making it. xxx Chrisb.ReplyCancel

  • mimi'sdarlins - Anne, your pics are beautiful! I’m also fascinated by my cats and hummingbirds, great subjects! I recently got a new camera but haven’t had time to sit down and learn all it can do. It’s amazing how many features it has…and a touch screen. Even my Photo Library has adjustments I can make to my pics. My dh is an avid photographer and does work for non-profit orgs, so I get lots of direction from him.
    I hope you gave Mooch some tasty treats after she posed for you :-)ReplyCancel

  • Ferne - Wow! I have take so many hummingbird pictures that when you look at the picture the little guy is gone, because they are so fast and my camera so slow. Maybe it is time for a real camera! Thanks for the link!ReplyCancel

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  • AnneMarieke - Mooch is just too cute! Love your pictures, Anne.ReplyCancel

  • Tracee - Brilliant photos, thanks for this info. Maybe a follow up on how best to photograph your quilts & craft items. My pics of finished masterpieces never show the items at their best. xxReplyCancel

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