Saturday, February 6, 2010

Photography and iPhoto Books

After getting my Canon Rebel for my birthday I took a few courses to get familiar with the functions of the camera and refresh my memory on basic photography techniques. This last class I did was called "Photography of your kids" It was a 3 hour class that touched on a lot of things.

One thing I learned is a technique called 'panning'. It's pretty much keeping focus on and moving in the same direction as a moving object. It's great for kids and animals. The only thing is tricky is that the path of the moving object has to be a straight line or predictable. So riding a bike, swimming these are easier. It's a bit harder to predict the movement of kids playing tag or soccer. The result is a blurred background and a sharp focused subject.

I also learnt flash manipulation, light reflection aperture and shutter selections. I can't wait to use them with the Bunny. I think we are going to spend a lot of time taking pictures.

Which brings me to the other part of my title, iPhoto books. There are all kinds of photo books around right now. Being a Mac owner introduced me to the possibilities that iPhoto offer. I thing the one I love the most is the ability to have an ongoing book that I can update at my own pace. I don't have to start and finish an entire book in one sitting. I create one or more pages at a time and save the entire project until I am ready to print. I think this will really help me create "A day in the Life of" book for Bunny. Sort of like a yearbook that I can work on at my own pace.

See I've tried scrap booking. In fact I have a whole load of scrap booking supplies, I just can't ever find the time to sit down and actually get it done. I'm hoping with the iPhoto photo book I will be able to keep better track of our child's life.


2 comments:

KOS! (Keep On S'myelin!) said...

I've been looking to take a photography course (I just got a new camera at Christmas). Where did you find the course?

Have you tried Blurb? It's my favourite site for making photo books!!!
http://keeponsmyelin.blogspot.com/2009/09/blurb-book.html

Jess said...

new rebel owner too! great idea to take a course, i need to find the time!! i find that the only downfall of a digital camera is that most pictures stay stored in my computer....so every year i make a photo book and document birthdays, vacations, holidays and just a collection of all my favorite pictures....and blogging helps me capture the day to day stories. hope you are feeling well!