My Photography Homework

A dear friend offered me photographic lessons; needless to say I jumped eagerly at the opportunity!  I have had SO much fun and am eternally grateful to Moira for teaching me the full capabilities of what my camera has to offer.  Only manual mode shooting for me from now on!  I still have to work on my technique a bit but have the basics under my belt, now it’s just practice, practice, practice.   I thought you may like to see a few of the photos I took for my last weeks homework which was all about using natural light.

Another friend graciously agreed to be my model for the morning.  We had loads of fun and there was much hilarity with me telling her not to move a muscle or to drop her chin a morsel, to turn her head just a smidgen to one side or not  to move anything but her eyes in one direction or another.  We did land up with a few “deer in the headlights” looking shots but also managed to get a few that were good for my homework.

For a bit of fun, I started my day off with a self portrait.

A side lit portrait

A front lit portrait

Portrait using a reflector to reflect light onto the models face

Have a look-see at Moira’s blog to appreciate her fabulous photography.  I will be able to take brilliant photographs like that soon too!


50 thoughts on “My Photography Homework

  1. Lucky you having someone to teach you, I’m a little better after the workshop at the Indaba, but I have more ‘misses’ than hits if you know what I mean?

    • Moira’s lessons have been absolutely incredible! I know she will be offering lessons from Marchish next year. Alternatively, I could jump on a plane and come spend a day or two with you teaching you what I have learnt. 😉 Have a great day. 🙂 xo

  2. What a gorgeous model you found, those eyes! and lovely shots, the self portrait is a winner, the gee jaws and the eye.. you are working hard at your craft and it is paying off. i am going to have to stop being so lazy.. c

    • Aah thanks C! I am still very much a novice and think it will take a while to hone my skills – I am however having a world of fun! 😀 I don’t think you are lazy at all – your photographs are always phenomenal! Have a beautiful farmy day and stay warm. 🙂 xo

  3. Nothing makes me happier than to see great photographs these days. And these are great, Mandy. Bravo!! I love them!! Natural light is wonderful, and you’ve made great use of it in these. Gorgeous!!

    • Hi Linda, hope you have been well. Thank you for the lovely compliment! Not sure how I managed to get my header to change. Think it should go back to “normal” with the next post. Have a beautiful day. 🙂 xo

    • Kim, you are more than beautiful, thank you! I will send you an email with my address details. I was in a store the other day with my aunt and saw the most exquisite glass shoe ornaments which I would love to send you for Kay’s tree but sadly they are quite heavy and I would be so upset if they broke on route to you! Have a beautiful love filled day. 🙂 xo

  4. How lucky for you to have someone willing and available to give you photography lessons, Mandy! You sure have taken the lessons to heart. These photos are wonderful and I cannot wait to see more. 🙂

    • Thanks so much John! I cannot believe there is so much to learn about taking a photograph. The bug has definitely bitten hard and I have my camera out at every opportunity! I loved your post today. So great to be able to brag that I know somebody who has met and been blessed by the Pope! Have a lovely day. 🙂 xo

  5. Mandy! These are beautiful! You’ve got a real talent for portrait photography, I think! I hope you continue to take lessons of some sort.. these look professional! It’s nice, also, to have a hobby other than cooking/baking:D well, sometimes! xx

  6. Mandy I hope you are taking note of what a lovely friend you have, ha ha ha ha ha! As I said before, these are beautiful shots, you are a star pupil, go to the head of the class immediately! Thanks for mentioning my blog on your blog. Mwah! Got the pastry, got the fresh mushies, will report tomorrow on the chicken pie. Mwah! ♥

    • Ooh head of the class – WOW, think I shall celebrate with a glass of bubbly this evening, thank you very much my special teacher friend! Hope you know I expect pictures of this incredible chicken pie you are making this evening. 🙂 xo

  7. How wonderful to have a friend teach you…and she’s a good teacher, but you have a lot of obvious talent, Mandy! Your pictures are lovely, and I can’t wait to see more. So glad you’re having fun with the camera!

  8. How awesome to have someone to help you. I got a Canon Powershot 40 zoom for my birthday last May & keep meaning to read the manual but of course that never happens. Then I just missed a 1 day class that they were offering at the voctech school which was specifically for automatic cameras with lots of other features . I’m hoping to catch the next one in the spring but in the meantime I’ll have to check out Moira’s blog. Sounds like you’re having fun with it.

  9. I’ve checked Moira’s work… wow beautiful and how nice that you got to learn from her! I wish to take some photography lesson one day too. Portrait seems a lot more difficult than food photography and you did such an amazing job!!!

    • Moira takes beautiful photographs! I find lighting the most difficult regardless of what I am photographing Nami – it’s been wonderful to learn all that I have from Moira – it helps knowing what to look for and what measures to take to get a good shot. Have a lovely weekend. 🙂

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