Still Life Photography, Styling, and Basic Photo Editing

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Slides from my session at AWBU in September 2014. We covered basic photo skills, including the following: - Photography in Everyday Life, Travel, Blogging, and Working with Brands - Positioning and Lighting - Handy Tools - Photo Styling and Props - Mobile Apps - Basic Photoshop & PicMonkey Skills

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<ul><li> 1. WelcometoS*llLife Photography,Styling,andBasic PhotoEdi*ng withMelLockcu @MamaBuzz </li></ul> <p> 2. MamaBuzzmamabzz.com 3. BasicPhotoSkills PhotographyinEverydayLife,Travel, Blogging,andWorkingwithBrands Posi*oningandLigh*ng HandyTools PhotoStyling&amp;Props MobileApps BasicPhotoshop&amp;PicMonkeySkills 4. PhotographyinEverydayLife Greatphotosallowthememoriesoflifetoliveon.Remember siLingthroughyourgrandmasphotoalbumswhenyouwerea kid?Photosoffamily(bothnearandfar),familypets,farm animals,babies,kids,vaca*onsortripstodistantplaces,trees, owers,schooldays,thefamilycar,tripstotown. Photosareawindowintothepast. Photosallowustovisuallyshareourstorywiththenext genera*on.Itsimportanttothinkaboutthemomentsyouwant tocapture,themessageyouwanttoconvey. 5. Example:WhiteOnRiceCouple.com(@WhiteOnRice)Youreyesare yourlens,yourheartisyourshu0er.Youwanttocomebacktoyour photoandremembertheamazingdinneror;meyouhad.Thereisa storywithinthemoment.Themoreimperfectitis,themore meaningfulitis. 6. PhotosinTravel Travelphotosnotonlyallowyoutore-livebeau*ful, fascina*ngmoments;theyallowyoutostorytelland possiblyexploreevenmoreaLerthetrip. 7. PhotosinBlogging Photosmakeyourcontentevenmorevisualfor yourreaders. Photosbringanaddedmeasureofbeautyto yourwri*ng. Goodphotosdrawtheeyesinandmakereaders wanttoclickonthatPinorwanttoreadmore. 8. PhotosinWorkingwithBrands Photosallowyoutomorevisuallypromotea brand,butinarelevantwaythatalsoconnects withyourreaders. 9. Posi*oningandLigh*ng Wheredoyoutakeyourphotos?Posi*oning andligh*ngplayanimportantroleinhowa phototurnsout,nomaZerwhattypeofcamera youreusing. 10. Takeadvantageofnaturallight.Posi*onyourselfnexttoawindowordoor,or evenoutdoors.Abackdeck,aporch,aconcretesidewalkcanalladdcharacterto thebackdropofyourphoto. Makesurelightiseithertoyourbackorside. Move!Dontjuststayinthesameposi*onwhentakingaphoto.Movearoundthe side,getdownonallfours,sit,stand,getuponachairifyouneedto,capturethe photofromabove.Justmovearoundandcapturetheobjectfromdierent points. Takephotosfromdierentangles,meaningmove,*lt,andangleyourcamera. Experimentwiththisstep,andyoullbeamazedatthebeau*fulshotsyoull capture. Ifphotographingkids,getdownontheirlevel,seewhattheysee. Getinspira*onforphotoposi*oning(andstyling)onsiteslikePinterest, FoodGawker,andmore.Personally,Pinterestisoneofmyfavesforinspira*on. UsetheRuleofThirds.(Resource: hZp://digital-photography-school.com/rule-of-thirds/) 11. HandyPhotoTools GorillaPod-hZp://joby.com/ ASHUTBWirelessRemoteShuZerhZp://amazon.com(forSmartphone) RemoteShuZerforCamerahZp://amazon.com TripodwithPan/TiltHeadorBallHead Reectorhelpslightupyourphoto.PocketReectoron hZp://photojojo.comorlargersizesonhZp://amazon.com ReectorStandhZp://amazon.com Olloclip4-in-1LenshZp://photojojo.com LightBoxorlightboxtentphotographsmallobjects,evenligh*ng, portable,changebackgroundcolors,liZletonoglare,etc. BackgroundsorBackdropsFindvinylbackdropsonhZp://etsy.com, hZp://amazon.com,etc.WelltalkmoreaboutbackgroundsinProps&amp; Styling. ResourcesforPhotoToolsincludePhotojojo,JOBY,Amazon,B&amp;HPhoto, etc. 12. PhotoStyling&amp;Props Greatphotobackgroundsincludewood(especiallyagedwood),an olddoor,concrete,atable,agedpaint,therightvinylbackdrop, etc.Evenifyoudonthaveanolddoororwoodtofallbackon, youcanalwayspurchaseorcreateavinylbackdropthatlookslike whatyouwant. Useeverydayobjectsanddierenttexturesasphotoprops fabric,scrapbookpaper,teatowels,wood,dishes,kitchenutensils orbakingpans/racks,vintageitems,basketsorcrates,books, frames,etc. Findpropsatan*questores,thriLshops,clearanceaisles,etc. Lesscanbemore,especiallywhenitcomestofoodphotography. Messycanbegoodat*mes.Itdependsonthephoto.Ifyouthink itwillconnectwithyourreaders/followers,capturethemoment! Inthinkingaboutfood,keepafewcrumbs,lettheingredients meldintothesideofyourdishsome*mes. 13. PhotoStyling&amp;Props Stayawayfromitemsthatwillmakeyourphoto lookyellow.Certaincolorsjustdontgowell together.Makesureyourecontras*ngyour itemswellenough,astohaveareallywell blendedphoto. Findyourownstyle,ands*ckwithit. 14. MobileApps Ofcourse,Instagram Snapseed-Allowsyoutocrop,brighten,sharpen,addcenterfocus,adda drama*clook,andmore. Camera+-Allsortsofltersandscenesyoucanusetoenhanceyour photos.TheLabpor*onoftheappallowsyoutorotate,ip,straighten, *nt,soLen,sharpen,blur,adjustthetemperatureandsatura*on, brighten,adjustshadows,andmore.Amazingapp. CameraPlus VSCOcam Whitagram moreBeaute2 PSExpressPhotoshopformobile. WordSwagAddtexttoyourphotowithallkindsofdierentfonts. TypoInstaAddtextandframestoyourphotos. Dip*cGreatappforcrea*ngcollages. PicS*tchcollages FlipagramTakeyourphotosandcreateavideo,musicandall. 15. BasicPhotoshop&amp;PicMonkeySkills Takingabitof*metoeditphotoscandenitely improvetheclarity,look,andfeelofthose photos.PhotoshopandPicMonkeyaretwoof themostwidelyusedphotoedi*ngtools amongstbloggers.Justafewbasicstepscan leadtoamajordierence. 16. BasicPhotoshopAc*ons Crop Re-size Shadows/Highlights Brightness/Contrast Vibrance/Satura*on Exposure Sharpen 17. PicMonkey Easilyaddtextorfrillstophotostomakethem morePin-worthy. 18. SimplePhotoTipstoRemember Ver*calphotosdotendtobemorePin-worthy.Youmight thinkaboutcrea*ngaver*calcollagewith3-4large, horizontalphotosthewidthofyourcontentspace.Serious Pinnerslovethesetypesofphotos.Theyespeciallycomein handywhenshowingthestepstoarecipeoracraL. (Example:DamnDeliciousonPinterest- hZp://www.pinterest.com/pin/6544361933992358/) Whenusinghorizontalphotos,makethemthewidthof yourcontent.Largeandbeau*ful! Nameyourphotoswithdescrip*ve,relevantkeywords. AddtheAlttextandashortdescrip*onforSEOpurposes. 19. Resources DavidMolnarsiPHONEONLYPhotography eBook-hZp://iphoneonlyphoto.com/get/ TastyFoodPhotographyfromPinchofYum- hZp://pinchofyum.com/tasty-food- photography IHeartFaces-hZp://www.ihearraces.com/ 20. LetsConnect! BlogMamaBuzz{mamabzz.com} TwiZer-@MamaBuzz Facebook-facebook.com/mamabuzz InstagramandPinterest-@mellockcu Google+-MelLockcu 21. Ques*ons? More*psandtrickscanbefoundinmyeBook BlogDesignElementsofSuccess:HowtoMake YourBlogStandOut. hZp://www.mamabzz.com/blog-design- elements-of-success </p>

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