I made this card the other day for my mum’s birthday.
Whenever I visit my home town, I like to visit my Nan and on my last two visits we have spent a few hours making cards. It’s been great fun. My Nan is an avid card maker and she has all the gadgets. Her most recent purchase is the ebosser which we used here on the greeny card stock and to make the pretty pink butterfly.
In workshop 2, we put the technical lessons from workshop 1 into practice and looked at the visual art of composition.
Practising the rule of thirds.
The rule of thirds is a “rule of thumb” or guideline which applies to the process of composing visual images such as designs, films, paintings, and photographs. The guideline proposes that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections. Proponents of the technique claim that aligning a subject with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the composition than simply centering the subject would. – Wikipedia.
See full information on the ‘rule of thirds’ from Wikipedia.
Practising leading lines
Leading Lines are lines that guide your eye through the painting or photograph. – Wikipedia
Landscape photography is intended to show different spaces within the world, sometimes vast and unending, but other times microscopic. Photographs typically capture the presence of nature but can also focus on man-made features or disturbances of landscapes, especially within contemporary photography. Landscape photographers often attempt to document the space as well as convey an appreciation of the scenery. – Wikipedia.
See full information on landscape photography from Wikipedia.
Practising simplifying the scene
I’m guilty of trying to include everything in my photographs but we learnt that, as is often the case, less is more. We were encouraged to zoom in on the subject to remove unnecessary distractions from the frame. Move our feet and bend down to compose the shot how we wanted it. It’s all obvious when someone says it to you but I didn’t realise how much time I spent standing like a toy solider on the spot. Ha ha. We were also encouraged to think about what we were trying to take a photo of, really think about the subject and how it is composed in the shot before taking the photograph.
We had so much fun!
Aperture f/10.0, Shutter 1/400, Exposure 0.67
We learnt about exposure compensation and how we can use this to improve our pictures. It was around 19:00 when we started taking these and the light was slowly fading. I over exposed this shot slightly and I’m pleased with how this one came out.
Aperture f/22.0, Shutter 1/8, Exposure 0.67
Next, we moved onto aperture priority. Our first attempt at controlling a camera setting ourselves! The aim was to keep the subject of the picture in focus and blur the background. The picture of my tripod in the my photography frenzy post is another example of this.
Aperture f/5.6, Shutter 1/320, Exposure 1.00
Lastly, we had a play with shutter priority. I didn’t have great success with this. Some of other people on the workshop had great shots where the waves looked like they were shimmering but everything else was in focus. Nice.
There was quite a lot to take in but I had so much fun. Since then I’ve been practicing a lot! It’s my latest obsession. Everything could be a potential picture!
- Photography frenzy (jennamakesthings.wordpress.com)
Sorry for the radio silence.
The weather has been so nice lately that I’ve spent very little time crafting indoors. Instead I’ve picked up my camera again for the first time in a while.
I’ve always loved taking pictures but haven’t known how to make the most of the many camera settings available on my SLR.
The other week I saw an advert for a series of workshops designed for people like me who what to learn more about their camera and how to take better pictures.
I’ve been to two of the three workshops so far and they’ve been great fun. The first week we learnt about the technical aspects of the camera, aperture, shutter speed etc. This week we learnt about light and composition, the more arty side of photography, and next week a model will be joining us for our own mini photo shoot! I’m really looking forward to it.
I had fun today trying out my new promarkers. I was given lots of new colours for my birthday, lucky me.
I haven’t made much knitting progress in the last week or so but I did spend a few hours updating my stash on Ravelry over the weekend.
I’ve been trying to clear some space in my study, it’s getting a little cluttered in there. A lot of it is my yarn stash which I need to get to it every so often for new projects and things like that, but it’s just taking up space.
So my plan, to update my Ravelry stash so I can confidently store my yarn away in the loft but still see what I’ve got when I need to. Perfect.
It’s finished and I’m so pleased with how it’s turned out.
An experienced eye will notice it’s not perfect. I’ve not done a lot of increasing before but I think I managed to fudge it.
I really like the ridge pattern it creates and it was nice to make something girly for a change.
Now it’s time to wrap it up and send it off to its new home…
If you want to make one of these yourself, you can find the pattern and the my project details on Ravelry.