Silhouette time

So, as I sit here and type this I am wondering how much you know about taking pictures. Do you have a point and shoot, a DLSR, or just your camera phone? Are you the type who just snaps away for the sake of memories or do you think about lighting and composition and posing along with capturing the moment? No matter, my point is, is that everyone sees photography in a different way. To me capuring a moment in time and haveing it look just as beautiful as I remember it, is what it’s all about. I have always been passionate about photography but when my children came a long my passion kicked into high gear. This may be true for many of you as well. But somewhere along the way, from using my moms old Olympis SLR back in high school and developing my style in a dark room to my first DSLR 4 years ago and many, many point and shoots in-between, my photographs be came just pictures. I wasn’t happy with the result of my shooting. What I envisioned in my mind wasn’t what was downloading to my computer. Then, by chance happening, an opportunity came along to really learn how to use my camera. So many things clicked for me. Finally I was able to take that nice camera and start using it to it’s full potential. The person who helped me and still helps me to this day is Amy Earl with Simply B Photos. To say she is amazing would be an understatement. I love everything about Amy. Her style, her teaching abilities and she is just an all around wonderful person. If you are looking to learn how to take beautiful photographs with your camera I would highly suggest taking a workshop. Even more so, I would suggest one of the Day with Amy workshops. Amy also does online classes and photoshop Elements workshops.

All that being said, this post is about (or supposed to be about) silhouettes. I have long struggled with getting just the right settings to produce a gorgeous silhouette. At the PRO Workshop that I attended in Florida Amy was able to easily show me and the other students just how to get the job done. Her sweet son, Josh, was our subject and let us shoot away into the sun to our hearts content. At one point because of the setting sun three of us photographers where lined up like little ducks, in height order, getting just the right shot. You would think with a house full of photographers that someone would have captured the moment, but no. We were all to busy telling Josh what to do and getting those shots in the setting sun. So, I hope you enjoy these images. We had a blast taking them and Josh was a super model. Doesn’t he have the best profile ever?!

November 16, 2012 - 12:35 am

Amy Earle - YOU ROCK!! I’m so glad you were able to come down!! And I LOVE these images of Josh!! He’s going to love them even more! THANK YOU!

November 17, 2012 - 12:32 am

Tonya Lupton - What awesome photos! I am taking the beginning photo class with Amy Earle this weekend and you are so correct….Amy is a wonderful teacher. Feels like I am “talking” to an old friend verses a teacher. Photography has been a part of my life since I was approx 11 years old. I find that I use a lot of Amy’s techniques without even knowing why. Now, I can’t wait to get out and take the type of photos my mind sees.

January 22, 2013 - 7:39 pm

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