Over the last few days, I have enjoyed showing you the photos I took of my quilts at the local Botanic Garden.
This last set was probably my favorite!!
There is a small sculpture garden called the “Garden of Imagination” and it features children enjoying the nature around them……
I decided this would be the perfect staging area with the “children”……
And the teacher deserved a quilt as well……
While in this area, I was approached by a woman from Chicago who was on a teacher’s retreat. She was also a quilter and we enjoyed a few minutes of discussion about our passions!!! As always…..quilters are the BEST!!!
Now, let’s change tracks and talk about the reason that these photos turned out so well!!
A few months ago, I purchased an online I-Phone Photography course from the “I-Phone Photo Academy.” I am leary of purchasing these sorts of courses, but I had seen a lot of very well-done, FREE, videos from this company and decided to give it a try.
I am SO glad that I did!!!
The first several lessons were about the photo functions that are specific to the I-Phone and I will need to watch those videos over and over again to get them all in my mind.
The rest of the videos have been about framing photos, about looking at the subject from different sides and angles, and about taking photos that are perfect as they are taken…..without cropping!!!
The photos that I have shown over the three days have only a minimal amount of cropping and I am happy with that new insight!!
I will share the first tip that was presented in the videos because it was KEY to taking all of these amazing quilt pictures!!
It’s all about how you hold the camera!!!
His suggestion is that, if you are right-handed, you hold the camera in your left hand, with your thumb and little finger on each side of the phone…..
He suggests carrying the phone in this position when you are looking for photo opportunities……
When you are ready to take a photo, lift the phone up and use your right thumb to press the shutter button…..
It sounds silly, but it is a much more comfortable angle and the camera is held super steady so you don’t get out-of-focus pictures.
But, back to the course……
Emil Pakarklis is an excellent host for this series. He films in beautiful Latvia and his quiet manner gives information that you need, in a way that is easy to learn.
I would HIGHLY recommend the course to anyone wanting better photos from their phone!!
Now I just need to get to my studio to make more quilts so that I can have more quilts to photograph…..
It’s a vicious…..but enjoyable.…..cycle!!!!