Photo Challenge 10 – Self

This weeks photo challenge 10 is on the topic “self”.

Self

For me that’s rather tough. I am more critical of photos of myself than others. I don’t know how you are, but that’s how I am. That’s why it’s a good idea to take a lot of photos, instead of just one.

Try different angles and settings.

Props

Try different props, like scarfs and hats. I hardly ever wear hats. But I tried several different ones with caps, hats and scarfs and without any of that. Chances are that you’ll find one that you really like.

Lighting

Make sure you have good lighting. Sit besides a window for instance. Choose one that’s not in the sun, but rather a north facing one, than a south facing one. The direct sunlight can be really harsh. Which means that you have really deep shadows. And most likely you will be squinting, and that does not look good at all.

Post Editing

If you have Lightroom or Photoshop, go ahead and try some edits. Maybe you’ll find one that is really good and it’s good practice. I did some edits in Lightroom for this photo. I tried black and white also, but didn’t like it as much as the one you see above.

Photo Challenge

I created the 52 week photo challenge at the beginning of the year. Each week there is a different topic and a different photo to be taken for practice. You can read more about the photo challenge here: https://anikamcfarland.com/photo-challenge/

Facebook Group

For all of you who want to join in the fun and need some guidance and/or want to share your pictures, I set up a Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1701572876529588/

Phone Photography

I made a blog post about how to take better pictures just with your phone. Go check it out right here: https://anikamcfarland.com/phone-photography/

Your Turn

Now it’s your turn. Show me your pictures. It doesn’t matter where in the challenge you are: Week one, or week ten. Just post some pictures or join the Facebook group.

 

 

Photo Challenge Week Seven ‘Under’

Sorry for the long absence from blogging. I have been editing this website and hope you like the changes. The blog is now in a different place, and you can always access it through the Menu.

‘Under’

Here is my photo for week seven of the photo challenge for week seven with the subject ‘Under’.
For this challenge I chose two dyed eggs. I dyed both years ago and the small bottom one is a chicken egg for size comparison. I placed it under the large egg for this challenge picture. The large dyed egg has a moon, the sun and a star on it. I chose the moon side.

These dyed eggs such as the one on the bottom are also called psanka, which means to write or scribe. These eggs are Ukrainian Easter eggs. I learned how to do them from a friend, who is very talented in doing them. She taught me this years ago and I haven’t dyed one in years also, but still keep the ones I have done and the tools to do them.

Photo Challenge.

I created the 52 week photo challenge at the beginning of the year. Each week there is a different topic and a different photo to be taken for practice. You can read more about the photo challenge here: https://anikamcfarland.com/photo-challenge/

Facebook group.

For all of you who want to join in the fun and need some guidance and/or want to share your pictures, I set up a Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1701572876529588/

Phone photography.

I made a blog post about how to take better pictures just with your phone. Go check it out right here: https://anikamcfarland.com/phone-photography/

Your turn.

Now it’s your turn. Show me your pictures. It doesn’t matter where in the challenge you are: Week one, or week six. Just post some pictures or join the Facebook group.

Photo Challenge Picture 5 & 6 – Love & Family

Since I did not post last week I combined pictures 5 & 6 of the photo challenge with the topics “Love” and “Family”.

I took this picture of my dogs Ice and Raven playing with my phone and edited it with Snapseed. They are what I love and they are family. And clearly they love each other, too. Ice is a little ruffled from playing. I am glad I got at least one picture where Raven wasn’t all blurry. She’s has high puppy energy and loves to go fast. She’s now seventeen weeks old. We got both of our pooches at the local humane society.

Photo Challenge.

I created the 52 week photo challenge at the beginning of the year. Each week there is a different topic and a different photo to be taken. You can read more about the photo challenge here: https://anikamcfarland.com/photo-challenge/

Facebook group.

For all of you who want to join in the fun and need some guidance and/or want to share your pictures, I set up a Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1701572876529588/

Phone photography.

I just recently posted about how to take better pictures just with your phone. Go check it out right here: https://anikamcfarland.com/phone-photography/

Your turn.

Now it’s your turn. Show me your pictures. It doesn’t matter where in the challenge you are: Week one, or week six. Just post some pictures or join the Facebook group.

 

Photo Challenge Picture Week 4 – Window

This weeks photo challenge was the subject “Window“.

This Weeks Challenge.

I had a hard time finding the right setting for a window picture. The challenge seemed to be simple, but was less easy than I thought it would be.

The right moment came eventually. I was playing with Raven, my puppy, and Ice, my grown dog, when something outside startled Ice. He ran to the window as he usually does and stuck his head through the curtains to look outside.  That’s when I took the picture. It was rather spontaneous. And taken with my phone camera.

Phone Cameras.

Phone cameras are great for taking snap shots like this. They are usually close by and don’t require any settings other than to push the release button.

Though there are plenty of ways to improve your photography even with a phone camera.

I posted some tips and tricks this past Tuesday about it. Head over there and read it if you haven’t yet: https://anikamcfarland.com/phone-photography/

I have a favorite app that I am using, called snapseed. It’s a fun and easy way to make edits to your phone photos.

The 52 Week Photo Challenge.

If you don’t know which photo challenge I am talking about, you can read more about it here: https://anikamcfarland.com/photo-challenge/

I also have a Facebook Group you can join, if you want to have support with your photos: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1701572876529588/

Your Turn:

Now it’s your turn. What did your photos look like of the photo challenge? I would love to see them!

Photo Challenge Picture Week 3 – Dessert

Here is my photo challenge picture number 3 for the 52 week photo challenge with the subject “Dessert”.

A Celebration.

My husband just celebrated his birthday and wanted an ice cream cake. So I went out and bought him this one. And took the great opportunity to take photos of it. Certainly we ate a slice right after I got done taking photos, since my husband waited patiently for me.

The Challenge.

The challenge that I faced was that it was close to dinner time and the natural light was getting low. To help with the light I opened all the blinds and curtains and let in as much light as I could. Then I adjusted the white balance to combat the tint of the evening light. Sometimes you might want that golden light, but here it would have been too yellow. I use Kelvin in my camera to adjust the white balance, but yours might have different settings.

More Information.

You can read more about white balance in photography here: https://anikamcfarland.com/white-balance/

If you want to know more about what the photo challenge is about read about it here: https://anikamcfarland.com/photo-challenge/

And if you want to participate and want some extra support you can join my Facebook group here: Anika’s 52 week photo challenge

Now it’s your turn: Comment below with your approach to week 3 “Dessert”. I’m looking forward to seeing your photos!

 

52 Week Photo Challenge

Today I want to introduce the 52 week photo challenge.

So what is that? The photo challenge is to take pictures every week on a given subject. This helps practice photography, keep engaged and last but not least to have fun! I don’t know about you, but I need the practice. This way you don’t even have to come up with a subject for an entire year.

I will be participating here every week as well and post my pictures, tips and tricks on how to get the most out of this challenge. I also set up a Facebook group to help you along and give you feedback. Click here to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1701572876529588/

 

1. New Years Resolution

Post pictures of what conveys your number one new years resolution best.

2. Snow/Cold

Any picture of frozen leaves, snow pictures, snowflakes, ice etc.

3. Dessert

What is your favorite guilty pleasure treat? Lets see it.

4. Window

This picture must contain a window of any kind.

5. Love

What is love to you? What or whom do you love? Hearts are welcome, too.

6. Family

Pictures of your family. Pets count, too.

7. Emotion

Show us the tears, the laughter. Any emotion clearly recognizable.

8. Under

Anything under something.

9. Bokeh

As described in an online dictionary: “the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image”. Meaning background blur.

10. Self

Give us your favorite selfie.

11. Sleepy

Sleepy person, sleepy pet, sleepy animal. Yawning counts, too.

12. Numbers

Anything that shows numbers clearly, written and shown.

13. Spring

Your favorite spring photo. What is spring to you?

14. Flowers

Flowers of any kind.

15. Musical Instrument

Any musical instrument.

16. Silhouette

A silhouette.

17. Color

Pick a single color. Then photograph something in that color only.

18. Water

Water of any kind. Not frozen.

19. Framed

Use an empty picture frame and take a picture of something behind it.

20. Low Key

Dark Color background, the subject only lit sparingly.

21. Summer

What represents summer the best?

22. Shadow

A shadow with clearly recognizable features of what it’s of.

23. Sunrise/Sunset

A sunrise or a sunset.

24. Simplicity

Simplify. Not a bunch of things in the photo, but one or a few.

25. Reflection

A reflection of something.

26. Artificial Light

Anything photographed with artificial light.

27. Handmade

Show us something handmade. Or somebody creating something handmade.

28. Landscape

A landscape photo.

29. Negative Space

Negative space is the area in a photo that surrounds your main subject.

30. Bugs-Eye-View

Get low to the ground and show us a photo from that perspective.

31. Close-Up

A close-up or macro photo.

32. Black & White

Anything in true black and white. No sepia.

33. Just For Fun

What do you do just for fun? Not necessarily a hobby.

34. Change

What is change to you?

35. Hobby

Your favorite hobby.

36. Rules of Thirds

Use the rules of thirds in your composition.

37. Food

Any food.

38. Letters

Recognizable letters.

39. Fall

Show us your best picture of this season.

40. Leading Lines

Show us a picture of a leading lines composition.

41. Pumpkins

Any kind of pumpkin.

42. Spooky

Something spooky.

43. Morning Routine

What’s your morning routine?

44. A Snapshot

Candid photo. Unedited.

45. From Above

Anything with a high vantage point.

46. A portrait

Get permission if you want to post. But take a portrait of somebody.

47. Detail

A detail of something larger.

48. Patterns

Clearly seen patterns.

49. Holidays

What do you celebrate this season?

50. Centered

Anything centered in the picture.

51. Movement

Anything with a lot of movement shown.

52. Long Exposure

Use a night photo with long exposure.

This is it. You’ve made it all the way through to the end! Congratulations!

If you want to join the photo challenge Facebook group click here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1701572876529588/