We all do it. We take tons of photos, try to weed out the bad or not so good ones, but then we are still left with a lot of photos. My solution is to pick favorite photos and then group them by activity/event, but newest favorite way to group is by my favorite season, which is Summer.
The Insta Kit from the Citrus Bliss collection is a great way to cluster small photos and make a collage. I printed the photos to 1.40″, trimmed a piece of cardstock to 3″ to fit inside of the frame, adhered the photos to the cardstock, and then adhered the frames over them. With my photos small enough, I was able to leave a little bit of a border in between them.
With my background pattern paper neutral, I was able to pull in other simple pattern papers, cutting them at an angle, and leaving the middle for my title and embellishments.
For day to day, everyday life type photos, I turn to my iPhone. The quality is amazing. And in good light, just as good as any camera. But shooting in manual mode on my DSLR and learning my camera was a huge help in capturing those photos in low light or with fast movements. There is a wealth of information on specific camera models on YouTube that helped me learn my camera more than the manual for my camera did.
I take photography seriously as you can see here. Besides my iPhone 6 Plus, my equipment consists of a Canon 7d, Tamrom wide angle lens F2.8 17-50mm, Canon F1.8 50mm, a tripod, a gorillapod, external light and diffuser, Lastolite for white balance, a white/gold/silver reflector, and Cowboy Studio lights and umbrella.
One of my favorite pieces of equipment that is attached to my camera strap is my remote. I am the photographer for my family. Anytime, I want to be a part of the photo, I set up the tripod and use that remote. Absolutely love having this. They are sold separately from the camera but worth having.
(50mm 1.8 lens, 1/640, f/3.2, ISO 200 using the remote)
The timers on iPhones are another great way to get you in the photo as well. I used the gorillapod for this photo.
Low light is difficult for all photographers, but using manual settings and being close enough, I got amazing photos to both freeze and still see movement as my daughter danced at her ballet recital.
(Tamron 17-50MM, 1/100, f/2.8, ISO 2000)
Capturing my niece with her newborn in the hospital was difficult because of very low light, and also not wanting to intrude on an intimate time. I was so honored to be able to capture this special moment.
(50mm f/1.8 lens, 1/80, f/2.2, ISO 5000)
My favorite photos to capture are candid. Difficult with a little one wanting to give you a goofy smile all the time or a ballet pose. I try to capture those few moments when I can and looking for creative ways to shoot them. White space in photography is a great way to do that and have your subject be the main focus.
(Tamron 17-50mm, 1/125, f/3.5, ISO 400)
The most important and helpful tip in photography is always having your camera out and ready. My iPhone and my DSLR are always out. Another great tip is to practice. And with digital photography, practicing is so doable. You will surprise yourself with one or more amazing captures. Thank you so much for letting me share my love of photography with you today! Happy shooting!
Collection Used: Citrus Bliss