(Admin Note: You can follow this weekly series on the blog pages of www.LizotteStudios.com. You can find this first weekly tip here)
I’ve been getting a lot of questions from friends and family lately about how we take some of the pictures we do, what camera should they buy, and in general, how can they use their camera better.
I’ve decided to put together some really easy tips for learning to take incredible photos, even with a very simple camera. I’ll publish a new tip every Monday. If you follow along and try the things we talk about, you’ll see a major difference in your photography in just a few weeks. None of my tips will take more than 10 or 15 minutes to learn, and I promise I’ll make it fun. Even the homework assignments. Yes, I said homework…but it will be fun. Read more... (608 words, 1 image, estimated 2:26 mins reading time)
Beautiful blue and red orb.
Would you like to learn first-hand how to paint with light? I offer free classes at libraries, schools or other institutions within a 40 mile radius of Galion, Ohio.
These short (90 minutes to 2 hours) introductory digital photography classes teach a fun and easy long exposure technique called Light Painting.
The instruction is tailored for the average person who is used to using a point and shoot camera. The talk includes a 30 minute PowerPoint slide show followed by a short question and answer session. The remaining time is spent involving the attendees in a live demonstration of creating their own light painting photos. I will also bring some sample tools that can be used for light painting.
These classes are offered free of charge, and class dates are flexible. Ninety minutes is the optimal amount of class time for this presentation.
If you’d like your local library (or other group) to present this class, please forward them the link to this post. They can use my contact form to arrange for me to present this class. Read more... (279 words, 1 image, estimated 1:07 mins reading time)
[ Update January 15, 2013: I published this article as an "instructable" on instructables.com on December 20th, 2012. I was notified today that it won a prize as a runner up in a photography contest! How cool is that? Go check out the instructables website if you need to find a 2nd home for your inner geek!]
Domes. They’re beautiful. Would you like to know how they’re made, and how you can make your own easily?
All you need is a simple dome tool. This consists of a circular shape with lights around it, and an axle equal in length to the radius of the circle. That sounded complicated, didn’t it? How’s this: It’s a bicycle wheel with holiday lights around it.
It doesn’t have to be a bicycle wheel, but they make the best example. Below, you’ll see two photos (front and side) of a quick little dome tool I made from one of my wife’s cross-stitching loops. I put some battery operated LED Christmas lights around it, added an “axle” that you can see in the side shot, and that’s all it took to make the picture above! It only took me about 15 minutes to assemble. Read more... (383 words, 2 images, estimated 1:32 mins reading time)
My wife and used our Lite Writer Minis to make these photos.
Light painted flower