Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Been thinking alot about photography lately… trying to figure it out.  It's like the lost catacombs of Egypt - it's a total mystery to me.  I love reading blogs like The Vintique Object, who make it seem perfectly natural and easy.

I have talked to some friends about vantage points, angles and composition but all I can seem hone in on is that I like bokeh and dreamy pictures.  I don't know what that means or how to classify it in photography-speak. But one of the main reasons I firmly believe in the power of Instagram.  It makes someone like me feel empowered. But these type of pics certainly don't translate into magazine-qual interior snaps.  I suppose those are in a class by themselves, though.

Have you ever let your eyes unfocus and seen some little floaty things cross your field of vision.  That's what bokeh reminds me of.  And I like the out of focus look.  Lends well to imperfections and I like imperfections.  Like a beautiful girl with crooked nose or a bowlegged surfer boy.  I think it makes them so much more interesting to look at.  Eva Longoria is pretty, but after a while, there's nothing to study.  At least for me.

And I found some prints on etsy that communicate what I like quite well.  Sometimes it's best to not speak but show.  I can't fathom buying prints of animals I don't know personally but I thought these were lovely and if I didn't have a barnyard full, I'd buy 'em!

And some fabulous kids room {or my room…} prints in the same vein.

What's your favorite type of photography?  Do you take pictures well?  How did you learn?  Any advice for an amateur all-around bad picture taker?  You all never disappoint, so I can't wait to see what you dears say. Group therapy :)


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  1. Such beautiful photos. I love all kinds- hard to narrow down a favourite- vintage fashion shots perhaps? I think I'm pretty good and taking photos- my advice would be to look though the lens until you see an interesting angle and then snap...afterwards, brighten the shot up on your computer or open up the lens to let lots of light in- photos always look better when warmly lit...in my humble opinion anyways:)

  2. I have nagged a few of my friends about cameras, Janet @ House Four is an amazing photographer. I am about to purchase the Canon Rebel. I long to take better pictures, and this summer is the perfect time to learn.

  3. Gorgeous photos, Bethany! I still have a LOT to learn, but I like studying the composition of photos I like and I always hear...practice, practice, practice! I'm about to get up enought courage to take mine off 'auto!'

  4. I love the photos shown here. A good and easy to use camera is what you need. I also use the Canon Rebel (the t2i) and I love it.

  5. I take a lot of pictures, but I am far from a good photographer. My next purchase is going to be a good camera, but for now my iPhone will do.
    Happy Tuesday.

  6. Thanks for the mention, Bethany! I also don't consider myself a good photographer so studying good photography and asking myself why I like it is basically the best tip I can give since I only have a point and shoot to work with. One thing I notice about most of these photos you've chosen is that they all have a good amount of negative space and that the subject is off center and not completely within view of the frame.

    You should give that a try with your camera. I bet you come up with some good stuff!

  7. I love to look at photography. I like super sharp vivid photos. My finance husband has a minor is studio arts and did lots of photography in his younger days. He's tried to teach me, but when I start hearing words like aperture, I find my ADD brain quite unable to focus. Pun intended. Sorry : )

  8. UGH!! This is one of my needs right now. My husband bought me a new Nikon for my birthday last year ... and I am feeling very inept at it. I need to take a class. I just want crisp, clean, dreamy photos ... is that asking too much? I think not!!

  9. I've been working on my photography skills, too. It would help if I had a better camera, but not too complicated to use!


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