I’ve had several people ask me for tips and tricks for photography. Professional, hobbiest, or individual with a camera, this is one thing that is VERY important to know!!!
I’m going to try to make this short and simple.

When photographing a subject (anything from a cake, to a building, to a chair, to a person) changing your position may completely change the look of your image!

Here’s an example.

See this picture here?

This is a beautiful little dead flower, it makes you think of deep woods. The photographer must have walked a mile in the woods before they saw this little flower and they were able to capture this cute little sad image, right?
Actually no. This little flower is a dead little garden flower. Surrounded by grass, other dead flowers, and neighbors…

When taking a picture of this great opportunity to tell a story with it.
When you capture it in the wrong position, you lose a great story.

See this picture here?

This is the exact same flower from straight on. I’m eye-level with it shooting it.
It’s still a cute(ish) flower I guess, but really? The neighbor’s house?
A lot of people will tell you “Don’t worry about the background, no one notices it.” I’m sorry to say, but they’re wrong. People really DO notice it. (Especially other photographers. :P *laughs*)

So, you say, how do we change the position with this flower?
Let’s try it from another position, let’s try shooting down a little so we change the background to the grass. (Grass looks great with just about anything, right?)

See this image?

Still the same flower, just a different position.
It’s still bland and boring. The grass is distracting, and the flower just looks skinny, long, and very 2 dimensional.

When you’re dealing with the 2 dimensional/flat look, you definitely want to find another position to add dimension and life to your image.
In this case, let’s try shooting almost straight down.

Now we have this image!

This is a great position because you now have a less distracting background AND great dimension to your image.

Change a few settings, edit the colors a bit… and voila!!!
You end up with this!

And this…

And this!!!

All from the same position!!!

See how a simple change of position makes a world of difference?
I barely moved a foot. My body stayed in the same place, I just moved around to capture it differently.

SO, the next time you’re out shooting something or someone and you are just not liking how it’s turning out. Try changing your position! :)
Even after you’ve found “THE” position, keep changing it up and try a few new angles! You can never find too many different angles.

Happy shooting!
~Danica

Coming next…
“Auto VS Manual!”
Not a deep explanation on Automatic VS Manual, just some quick and basic examples of the difference between the two.

Decisions, decisions, decisions! SO MANY CHOICES! :D
I now know how some of my clients feel trying to choose which pictures they want to print off the most.

I’m about to print off some of my own images to put up on my walls. I’m especially looking at 8×10 sixes. (I’d LOVE to put up a 11×14, but that means I need to decide yet another one!)

I have to go through all the pictures I’ve taken in the last while and deciding what I specifically want on my wall. *sighs*
Do I print off pictures of my family? Do I print off flowers? Do I print off pictures for the color? Or for their simplicity?
SOOOOO many choices!

So, I guess I’ll let you guys vote! PLEASE help me decide!
Which pictures should I post? Please vote for your top 5 (or so) favorites!


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I know, I know… so many choices. (See what I mean?!) I can’t decide on my own! I at least brought it down to (what I THINK is) my top 28! ;)

So… Any help would be much appreciated! :D :D :D

Thanks all! You’re a sanity saver! ;)
Blessings,
~Danica

Is your mom really awesome?
Yeah, mine is pretty amazing too. ;) (Of course, the fact that she’s had 7 kids, runs a great house, makes some awesome meals, and still has one of the sharpest sense of humor that I know doesn’t even begin to touch the surface of how amazing she is.)

Well, if your mom is pretty amazing, I bet you’d like to have a chance to give something back to her to bless her with. (Hey, you’d better agree with me on this, you never know when your mom could be watching you! :P Mom’s have a way of showing up at random times, and knowing exactly what you’re thinking.)
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Alright! Now to this week!
Again, I’m sorry that I didn’t get last week’s up before now.
Update: Well, we’re all much better. Those horribly nasty and brutal colds are gone, and life is back to it’s normal busy pace. :) Praise God!

The other day I was out with a local fellow photog who has built up a thriving wedding photography business, and just spent time with her getting to know her and talking photography. As I’m finishing my last/senior year of University I’m wanting to be able to fully dive headlong into photography and she gave me some amazing tips on how to get my business really going. It was really encouraging, she is just brilliant when it comes to photography and business.
It was really odd to think that she’s just 2 years older than me!

But enough about me, here’s this week’s 365 pictures!

112/365 - Little Jane Horner (HBM!!!!)
Another Bench Monday. This week’s theme was “Little Jane Horner who sat in a corner”.
I liked the colors. :)

113/365 - A New Moon?
:P Can you guess what this is?
*laughs* Most girls can, most guys have absolutely no clue.
I saw this lovely tulip, tried to shoot it on black and thought it reminded me of the New Moon cover, so naturally, I had to capture a New Moon remake shot.

114/365 - Light Through the Petals
Amazing magnolia tree that I caught while out on a walk.
How can one resist such a lovely looking tree?
Thankfully, I caught it just in time. The very next day I walked by the same tree and most of the petals are on the ground.

Captured on our walk
As lovely as these flowers are, I would never want one in my back yard. They stink to high heaven! I was grateful to shoot them quickly and walk away. :P

Captured on our walk-
Another tulip, they’re finally in season! I’m so grateful that they’re growing all around us again.
This one was just too pretty to not shoot. ;)

Today I had a photo shoot of Holly, but I’m still editing those. It’s only 10:45 and I’m already exhausted, so I won’t be doing any more editing tonight.
I’ll try to post the final edits as soon as I’m done. Hopefully that’ll be tomorrow.

Also- I’m going to be giving my website and blog a new look! (FINALLY!) That may take a few weeks, so please be patient with me, dear friends.
I’ll be giving away some special photo shoots, and some really good discounts on shoots in the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for them!
You can keep in touch with me here: Danica Clark Photography Fan Page on Facebook

Have a fantastically blessed day everyone!
Through Him,
~Danica

I can hear Music Man’s “Wells Fargo Wagon” song playing in my head as I wait eagerly for Spring Flowers!!!
They’re coming full steam ahead into my garden!!! *woots* :D

Here’s some quick sneak peeks…

I’ll be posting a whole lot more soon, I have heaps of posts to… uh, post! :)
So be prepared, I will inundate you with new blog posts like crazy. Just let me finish Spring Cleaning first. *laughs*

Hope your day is as sunny as mine!
Blessings all,
~Danica