Sunday, July 15, 2012

Getting comfy outside the comfort zone

So many blogs have shared tips on photography and most of them start with "Get out of AUTO mode." Yikes. I thought to myself "My AUTO pictures are just fine, thank you very much."

Then Cathy, of My 1929 Charmer, returned from the Haven Conference and posted what she learned in a photography seminar. Easy as pie! It was broken down into Do this. Do this other thing. Go take pictures. Well, maybe a little more complex than that, but simple simple simple. 

I've been practicing with the manual mode and getting better at it. My camera is pretty old - the How-To mentions F16 but I can only go up to F8. None the less, I am still getting better shots.

This is a shot I had considered to be pretty good at the time.

Here is a new shot done on the manual setting.

What fun! I went around the house and took a few shots before heading outdoors.

I have a thing for metal and glass and I love looking at the light reflecting through.

This awesome mirror was found on a junking trip and many months later I came across the hand mirror. I had them both for quite a while before I realized how much they complimented each other. Now I have 2 more mirror duos ready to hang. Well, one's a trio.

And then I went outside. 

I'm giving you a sneak peak at a couple nightstands that are almost ready for my booth. I thought nightstands would be nice with my coffee dresser so here they are. Almost. 

I'll finish the nightstands and show what the second one says in a couple days. Meanwhile, knock yourselves out guessing!


  1. Visiting from The Dedicated House link..I am a new party participant and always like to look at the blog party links that linked up last so they get love too! Of course your photo caught my eye. Go figure! lol~ LOVE the chest with the tea quote. Have a nice week :)

  2. Hi Daena: What lovely pictures. I too like the glass objects on the mirror with light shining through, especially the glass doorknobs in the ice bucket--so beautiful.

  3. I am not a pro photographer but yes, I have photography in my blood. can I tell you that it is actually quite easy? She is right, Cathy. Just go ahead and keep clicking. Try and harness as much natural light as possible. Thats it :) I like them high key but we all have definitive styles, dont we :)

  4. Your pics are fabulous. I need a few lessons. Love the glass knobs in the bucket, and the gorgeous mirror. Stunning. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  5. Wow, I am so happy my post helped you as much as it has me on photography. It really is about playing with the shutter speed. I now use my tripod a lot more, since this really helps with clarity! Your photos are pretty, and now will match your fabulous and creative painting projects. Thanks for the shout out! So glad you shared with Sunday's Best!

  6. Very nice photos and loving the fantastic mirror! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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