One of the best sessions I took at Blissdom was the session Me Ra Koh taught called “Shoot Like a Woman Pt 1 & 2.” I have to admit I was not originally going to go to this session because I really didn’t think it was for me. I was going to take a writing session. My room mate, Emily, told me about Me Rah and said that id I had the chance I needed to go to the session.
I walked into the writing session a just had this feeling that I should go to the photography session so I left. I am so glad I did. Emily was right, Me Rah was awesome. She started off by telling her story. It was a beautiful one of strength, courage, sadness, happiness, and triumph. It as all inspiring. Then she started sharing her photography secrets. She share so many that I have not even thought of now would have. I am still learning, but I think anyone with a DSLR is still learning, my camera and I loved the little tips and tricks she gave. She also said this which has really stuck in my mind:
A camera gives you:
In other words your camera is a vehicle. With your pictures you will be able to bring healing to someone, freedom to another, and so much more. She talked about using your camera to tell the right here right now story. It was such an empowering session. I would love to see her speak again (but wow check out her prices!!!).
So to save you the money, I will share with you the suggestions Me Ra gave us to change our photo’s overnight.
- turn off your flash
- use center focus only
- take pictures in a parking lot (grass will suck up the light)
- be willing to miss shots to get the great shot
- fill the frame with the whole story
- find the best light (sun first thing in the morning or at sunset) 3
So with this advice I went outside to take pictures of my girls. I used AV and manual. I only spot edited with picnik (so sad it will be going away).
Tell me what you think? Do you have any photography tips that seems to work for you?