Christmas going to church
by Tanua Riley
(West Monroe, LA)
I took my grandson downtown Monroe, LA to do a photo shoot. It was late in the afternoon and I really wanted to do it a lot earlier in the day, but it was not possible that day.
I would love to get into photography, but just cannot afford it.
I shot this with a Sony H-7 on automatic mode and fixed the lighting and stuff on Picasa. Just wanted an opinion on what I have done so far.
The one statement in Tanua's post that really stood out to me was "I would love to get into photography, but just cannot afford it."
Photography doesn't need to be an expensive hobby. In fact, the whole philosophy of this site is built around the quality of the photographer, not the equipment.
To put it another way; if someone sat me in a racing car, it wouldn't make me Lewis Hamilton!
Practice, experience, having a keen eye and an ability to 'post process' will help anyone take better photos. And to be completely honest, I think you have done a wonderful job here!
From your post it would appear that the scene was set up a little. And you know what, there's nothing wrong with that at all. If you have a picture in mind, why not stack the odds in your favour and plan the shot a bit first?
Surely no-one believes professional photographers don't plan, do they?
Things that are good about this photo are the extreme angle used. This gives the photo greater impact. You can read a photography tutorial on shooting angles here.
Also good is the bright red of Tanua's grandson set against a colourless background. Tanua used the tools in Picasa to do this, and the result is similar to colour popping.
Colour popping is where a scene is taken in colour, converted to black and white, with the exception of certain colour areas which are masked off. You can read more about colour popping here.
All in all this is a really nice photo, there is little I would change.
Thanks Tanua for the submission, and please, please don't think you have to spend lots of money on your photographic hobby!
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