Today is Day 1 of teaching Kya photography, and hopefully one day she can become a successful fashion photographer…pretty sure she is will. Anyhow, I recently picked up Roberto Valenzuela’s Picture Perfect book and read his Prolog explaining how he created this book and the importance of completing each lesson. I took this to heart and really wanted to continue reading through the first section to get to the next exciting part, but instead I lent it to my father in law, Steve for him to check out, since he is an artist. Why? Because, I actually wanted to complete each task before I allowed myself the reward of reading the next little bit. So, it has been 2 weeks and finally I made time to actually start looking for geometric shapes in the environment. Well, I had been since I read it, but this time a camera was involved.
The camera was in my daughter’s hands this time. I thought it would be awesome for me to just look around and “see” differently than I typically do when I am shooting. Not that I don’t look for these things, but on a paid job I never try something new. I also want to pass on my knowledge to Kya, so she can benefit in life and have an amazing skill that will surpass mine. See Kya, my goal in life is to make you better than me…Isa too! I know you both will be!
Anyhow, to get these shots Jesse and I sat Kya down in the living room for about an hour and taught her how to operate the Nikon D7000, our family camera. She caught on pretty fast and we were ready! Not to mention that she looks at my photography all the time and is always open to telling me what she likes and doesn’t like about it, which I love. So, she already has a pretty good idea of what a good photograph consists of.
We headed down to one of my childhood fave spots that my parents used to take me as a little girl for ice cream. Plus, I know there are lots of geometric patterns there and this would make our challenge that much more obtainable! So, all four of us looked for geometric shapes and patterns in the environment and took turns talking about what we saw. Then I would quiz Kya and ask her where her subject should be for great composition, where she should meter for the shot, and any other little thing I could think of. We also worked on problem solving and using natural reflectors.
It was an awesome day and I think that she might of enjoyed it as much as I did! My fave picture she took is the 18th picture down. I gave her very little input for this image and she created some crazy stellar composition! Makes me super excited to see what she does next!
Isa and Jesse hooked us up with some yummy honey sticks for the local organic grocery store. That def helped while we just hung out waiting for Kya to get her composition and exposure. It did take about 15 minutes per image, after I explained to her what I saw. That might seem like a long time, but I didn’t mind at all. I was enjoying every moment of it and watching her figure it out. Plus, it is super crazy…she was able to produce what I had visualized and explained to her in camera. Couldn’t be more excited…super nuts!
I did choose her best images and edited them for her. Thought it would be nice for her to just take on one task at a time, that way she can really practice one thing at a time. We are still working on geometric shapes in photography, and continue to do so until we complete Roberto’s suggested lesson.
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