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Friday’s Bits and Bobs

http://leannecole.com.au/workshops-and-classes/social-snappers-photography-excursions/It has been an amazing ten days, and I have to say I am writing this with my eyes hanging out of my head.  I am so tired, and really looking forward to just hanging around the house today. Of course, there are things that have to be done, and I am looking forward to some time alone with my photos.  I haven’t really had a chance to play with any and see their potential, but hopefully things will settle down now.

Tripping to New York

I have been meaning to tell you for awhile, but haven’t had a chance, but it looks like I could be going to New York next year.  I have a sponsor who loves my work and often gives me very generous donations, and they have decided that I photograph Melbourne so well, then they want me to leave my comfort zone and see how I would photograph New York.

I am so excited. It won’t be until around May next year, but that is good.  They are paying for my airfare and my accommodation, and in return they want me to help them with their photography and give them some of my images.  I think it is a great deal.  I have started planning where I am going to go and what I will see, what I will take.  Such an amazing offer, like a littlemurders-heidelberg-theatre-dress-rehearsal-9dream come true.

Books of Poetry

This isn’t really about photography, but since there are many writers that follow my blog, well I had to add this.  My daughter, Klara, has written a book, it is a book of poetry, and she has self published it.  She is so excited about it, and she wanted me to tell you about it.  The book is called Thorns and if you want to support a young writer, then please go and take a look, maybe even purchase a copy.

Videos and Such

I’ve been doing a Online Photography Course with a woman and she recently sent me a video of her photos that she had taken while on holidays.  I was so impressed with it and now I want to try doing some myself. I did try one, the link and name of it are here, Six Months after the Fires. I did it with Lightroom and the quality of the images isn’t too good, but it was fun to try and most definitely something I want to do again.  I love the idea of making video/slideshows with my images.  So I am doing lots of research to see what is the best way of doing them.  Any hints and tips would be very much appreciated.littlemurders-heidelberg-theatre-dress-rehearsal-6Software for video is not something I have, but I am thinking of purchasing Camtasia Studio 8.  I tried it once before for doing video tutorials and really liked it, but the price was a bit much at the time. However, now that I am doing the Online Photography Courses I think it could be good.  The course I’ve been doing with this woman has been mainly directed by her and what she needs.  I started off by helping her get more familiar with her new camera and to take better photos.  Now with one session left, she wants to do more editing, so I am hoping I can use the Camtasia software to record our session so she will have a copy of it.  It has been great doing the Online course, I love it, and so interesting to meet people from the other side of the world.

Teaching

This has been going well, and I had my second person this last week that was from out of town and wanted to do a One on One with me while in Melbourne.  It was littlemurders-heidelberg-theatre-dress-rehearsal-14a very early morning, we met in the city at 6am.  She wanted to do markets and produce, so we headed to the Queen Victoria Market.  It was fascinating to see it so early in the morning as they were setting it up.  I really enjoyed it and I hope she did too.  I think one of the things I love about these is that each person wants something different, so I am always doing different or new things.  I have another session booked for this Sunday morning, a new person, and we will be doing completely different things again.

Outings and Insurance

I am still pushing the Social Snappers, not getting many people signing up, which has surprised me.  I thought so many women would love the opportunity to have outings organised for them. I have been trying to work out if I should advertise the idea of the insurance aspect.  I think insurance is something that many of us don’t think about.  I don’t know how many times I have seen photographers going out to take photos and they chuck their bag down on the ground and don’t worry if someone trips over it.  Do they have the insurance to cover them if someone hurts themselves?  I do, and because people are out littlemurders-heidelberg-theatre-dress-rehearsal-8with me as my students, then they are automatically covered by my insurance.  I don’t know if it is worth pushing that concept.  Apparently Australia is one of the most litigious countries in the world and I am so glad I am covered.

Theatre

The play, Little Murders, that I have been photographing at Heidelberg Theatre Company, started last night.  It has been a surprising play for me, and one that I have enjoyed watching.  It is funny, but also very sad.  I have photographed it a few times along the way, but last Tuesday night I did it for the last time, and it was one of the final dress rehearsals, so the photos in this post are from that.

I hope you enjoy the small snippets of the play, I will be putting more photos on my Facebook page if you want to see more.  I’m off now to relax, hope you get to do the same.

 

 

Weekend Wanderings – Lessons in Melbourne

The post is a little late today, and it isn’t what I hoped it would be.  I have just finished on Skype doing my first Online Photography Lesson.  A little different to how I do them normally, but I just have to think a little differently and the class is more individual, so suited more to what my client feels they need to learn.  Today was about learning how to use a new camera and a different lens. Today I will have to come up with some lessons to email to them.

Speaking of lessons, I know you know about the One on One I did the other day in Melbourne, but today I thought I would show you some of the photos I took during that lesson. I know I normally show some photos of the area around where I am, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to get out, it has been a busy week, and a very wet week, so much rain.  Looks like the skies are clearing so I should get a lot more photos this coming week.

LeanneCole-melbourne-emporium-20140606-0102One of the things that my client said that she was having trouble with was taking photos when there is a lot of light and a lot of dark, so I tried to think of places that had those and helped her work out how to do them. There is a new shopping centre in Melbourne, it is The Emporium.  I have taken photos of it before with my phone and instagram, but this was the first time I had had a chance to take some with my Nikon D800.  It is an interesting building with lots of shapes and lines everywhere.  I wouldn’t mind going back and just wondering, but use my 14-24mm lens.

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On the same theme we went to Centre Place.  I think photographing this small dark laneway is so hard.  You have all the dark areas at the bottom, but then you have the bright spots at the top.  It is a challenge, especially at the time of day we were shooting.

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I have been enjoying how close I can get to things with my 24-70mm and love testing it, and who can walk past the cakes in the window of the Hopetoun Tea Rooms in the Block Arcade without taking photos?

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We went to Hosier Lane and found an artist doing his work on the wall.  I took a few photos, and it was good practice for my client to see if she could take photos of something moving.

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One thing she wanted to learn to do was panning.  So while we were waiting for the sun to go down to do some night photography we headed to the road to try our hand at panning.  It isn’t as easy as it sounds, and does take a lot practice.  I’m not bad at it, but I did it for many years when I was photographing the cycling.  Though when I look back on my early attempts, I am a bit embarassed.  I am going to get a post up on the News Blog today or tomorrow on panning for anyone who is interested in learning how to do it.

She learned a lot and said she got heaps out of the session.  She did email me to ask me to explain a couple of things, which was fine, I think that is fair enough.  You can’t be expected to remember everything in the one day.  I should make a list and then send an email afterwards, I think that would be a great idea.

This is what she said about the One on One Photography Session

“You certainly didn’t confuse me, you have a very practical and easy to understand approach. I am going to sit down and look at the photos today and make a few little notes, so I don’t forget what things you told me.

I felt like I really got a lot out of our session, but I will just have to get out there snapping I guess to get the practice.”

I was so happy to read that.

I am going to put the rest of the images in a gallery for you now.  I will a caption with each one so you know where they are.  I hope your weekend is going well. The sun has come out today here and the sky is blue, lovely.

Weekend Wanderings – Melbourne at Night

It is becoming very popular with my Practical Photography Class to spend the last week’s class in the city doing some night photography. It is by far the best class, and so many students really look forward to it and enjoy the evening so much, and this last class was no different.  I am getting so much better at planning where to go, making sure they get some great images.

This last class, I wasn’t sure how it would be.  We decided to go on Sunday, less people, but all day Sunday it rained.  Even as I was getting on the train to the city and getting off, it rained.  As we went for a coffee to start with, it was raining.  Not heavy rain, but enough to be annoying.

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Our first stop was in front of the Casino. I had planned that we would be there for the 6pm gas show that the casino does every night.  Though I suspect some nights it is better than others.  I don’t know if it was because it was Sunday or because it had been raining, but it wasn’t great.  The above shot was just before.

The rain stopped for the rest of the evening and it turned out to be a fantastic night for night photography.  The clouds hung around and gave some wonderful skies, I liked the way the light from the city bounced off them.

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Then the gas fires started and it went off.  One, there in the middle, wasn’t working, and didn’t give it great symmetry.  It was very disappointing really, though it was good to know that we were in a good spot for capturing them.

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We thought of taking more reflections, but there were still so many people around it was hard to get the footpaths with the reflections on them.  Melbourne has become such a busy city, it always seems like there are so many people around.

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There were a couple of Black Swans in the water on the river.  They were so hard to photograph in the dark.  I had to turn my ISO all the way up to get any shots of them.  They move around constantly.  I have seen them there before, there are also two that have been hanging out in a park near here too.

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I think I mentioned yesterday that I had a One on One Photography Session with someone yesterday, and part of what she wanted to learn to do was take some night photos so after doing some other things around the city we headed down to the river.  It was wonderful being back there, though the biggest difference between last night and last sunday, were the buildings, there were so many more lights on them last night.  They really lit up the skies.

I am going to include a gallery for you now. I will put as the title, Sunday, for the ones taken last week, and Friday for the ones taken last night.  I hope you get to see some night skies with your camera this weekend.  Happy Snapping.

Weekend Wanderings – Landscape Photography Classes

All around the world on the weekend there are people teaching photography classes and people taking them.  Here is no different to anywhere else and yesterday I was teaching my new students landscape photography.  There is a place I take them in Eltham, and while not the greatest place in Melbourne, it is close to where I teach and they get to take photos and experiment.  I help out, but I can usually get a couple of photos myself.  It is good for them to see me doing this as well, I think.

LeanneCole-landscapeclass-6951These gates are usually where I start.  They are so old, yet so out of place for where they are.  They do seem to imply some sort of old world grandeur that now is long gone. I don’t know if the gates have always been there and did lead to something else, or are more recent.  It doesn’t seem to matter, it is a great place to start.  It is contained, so they don’t wander too far.  Every class I have taken here have seemed to enjoy photographing here.  They stand afar, apprehensive to get in close, but you can see that they all want to.  As soon as one does it, they all go.

LeanneCole-landscapeclass-0463It is good for them to realise that they should look all around, up and down, that good images don’t always come from eye level.  Looking up can also give a different view.

LeanneCole-landscapeclass-6990Yesterday we went further a field than we have before and found a lovely spot to take photos where they could all wander around and just see what they could find.  I hung around so they could ask me any questions.  I think it is good to let them go off on their own too, see how they go.  I know in next weeks class there will be lots of questions once they have looked at their photos and maybe didn’t get quite what they wanted.

LeanneCole-landscapeclass-7011It was nice for me too, to photograph somewhere new and see what I could get.  I will try this week to take some of these photos and do more to them and see what else I can bring out.  Turn them into fine art images, as opposed to just straight images with little processing, which is what you have here.  I like to show them the possibilities of what they can aspire to, if they so wish.

LeanneCole-landscapeclass-6969I am also trying to show them that there is the big picture and also the smaller one.  I am trying to do more of this myself and so I try to encourage my students to take in the details.

We were lucky with the rain, it did rain a little, but then it went away and we had a great time.  It poured all afternoon, but we were all home by then.  I am going to give you a gallery now of more photos. Some taken yesterday and some taken in my last landscape class.  Happy Wandering.

Weekend Wanderings – From One End to the Other

Last weekend I went into the city to do some night photography shots, most of you know this already, as I took my class in for a night photography class.  It was the final class in the course and it was a great way to finish it off.  There were 10 of us with our tripods and camera gear going along the Yarra River for our night shots.  Each week we approached something new to help them learn how to use their cameras.  My classes are very practical, I always think you “Learn by Doing”, so taking photos is an important aspect of what I teach.  I haven’t seen what they got when they went out, but I have been working on the images that I took.

LeanneCole-citylight-1404054981_5HDR-2You have seen a few of them already, and there aren’t that many more of them.  I am happy with what I got.  One thing I did with my class was to let them know they should do more on their own.  I would set up my image and then do 5 exposures for HDR and if they needed help my camera would be fine taking its photos while I helped them.  It worked really well.  I felt more like the person who was keeping them together and moving them along when the time was right than the teacher.  It was a lovely relaxed class.

We started down at Docklands and ended up near Flinders Street Station, not quite to it. We ran out of time and then had to rush to get the train.  I don’t think anyone minded.

Then yesterday morning I went into the city very early in the morning.  The sun was coming up, but thought I would take some photos along the Yarra River again, only daylight ones.

LeanneCole-city_5013-10hpmWe have had so much rain, and I was hoping that if it had stopped raining that maybe, fingers crossed maybe, the Yarra River would be still, and look at that, it was.  I have seen it much calmer, but this wasn’t bad.  Unfortunately the rowers started coming up and down, with their coaches in motor boats and that stillness disappeared.  It was lovely while it lasted.  I love seeing all the buildings reflected in the water.

Nearly all the night photography images are HDR images.  They were all done using the Nik Collection HDR Efex.  It seemed to work much better for the night shots than Photomatix.  Most of the morning shots are straight images, except for two, the above one and one of the bridge.  I used Photomatix for these two, as it seemed to be better for the day ones, softer.  All images were taken with the 14-24mm wide angle lens.

The gallery will have all the night images I have processed, the image I used for the MMC is here too, but the colour version.  I will also put the morning images.   Some of the morning images that I have done were taken at the same spots I did the night shots.  I should have done that more, it would have been interesting comparing them.  If you are interested in my classes then please go to my website, www.leannecole.com.au.  Enjoy your Sunday.

Learning to Teach

One of the reasons I decided to pursue a Fine Arts Degree was so at the end of it I could do an additional course and learn how to teach.  I thought it would be a good way to earn some money as I pursued my art career.  Well the additional course didn’t happen, but teaching has.  I started teaching kids how to do art, but after about 2 years, it stopped happening for various reasons.

Then almost two years ago I decided that I should teach photography.  Someone I knew at the time suggested I contact Living & Learning Nillumbik in Eltham.  It has been a great experience for me, and the staff there have really nurtured me through the whole experience.  I really love teaching, but I have had to learn some things along the way.

Some of things I’ve really had to work on is believing in myself, believing in what I know and sharing it.  Not always easy, the first that is.  I also recently learned something which was new, that I need to be careful showing my images to my students.  If we go out and take photos and then I show them what I do, it didn’t occur to me that some of them would be put off, or decided that their images were no good.  So in last weeks class we did architecture and went to the local library in Eltham, fantastic building.

LeanneCole-classes-20140315-2860As a single building to help teach people how to photograph architecture, it is great. (In all my classes the class takes photos) There are lots of lines, shapes, and interesting art works all around it.  It was fun doing a small demonstation and then letting them all just go and take photos.  I walked around and made sure that they got help if they needed it.  I did get a chance to take a few photos myself.

After the class was finished I didn’t show them the images I had taken.  I decided to let them wait until after they had shown me theirs, which they will do this Saturday in our next class. I did, however, ask them if they would like me to process one or two images and show them what I would do to them?  The idea was to do it during the week, which I have now done, and then show them to them on Saturday.  I will probably do the original and then the processed one, so they can compare.

I thought I would show you what I have done here today.  I am going to put them in a gallery for you.  Well in a minute.  I just wanted to say that I do love teaching, and it has been a surprise to me how much I enjoy it.  The class I have at the moment are fantastic.  It is my first time doing a short course like this, and it is just wonderful.  I hope they are enjoying it as much as I am.  I am excited that my next course for next term is also filling up, if anyone is interested, go to my website for details.

Here is that gallery.  Oh, and before anyone asks, it was a very overcast dark day.

Emotion Coming Through

On Saturday when I taught my class I got some many fantastic photos of my model and so I have prepared two more for you today.

LeanneCole-thea-20131116-1449I do love this table, it is quite amazing.  I also love this pose, though I do wish her eyes were different.  I love the feeling of the image, is she just lying there because she is feeling depressed, or is there more too it.  I did tell her to pretend she was dead, as though she had been poisoned.  I think the image could convey many things.

I know a few people have asked me how I edit my images.   I don’t want to do a tutorial on it, but I am looking into software that I could do a screencast of it and then make it go faster for you, so you don’t see everything, but you get an idea of how one of my images comes together.  I don’t know much about this kind of software, but if I find out I might try it.  Though would prefer it to be free, so if anyone knows anything about software, screencasts for Windows, I’m all ears.

LeanneCole-thea-20131116-1561I was trying something different with this image.  I told her to pretend she was terrified sitting in the corner, and then I worked on making the image darker.  I wanted to convey a scared girl trying to hid in the corner at night.  The original image was so white, so it took a bit of effort to get it like this. I am not sure the scared part really came out.

I am really happy with where my images are going.  I do feel like I am growing as an artist and the work feels more like my own, rather than me imitating what others have done.

The weather has been horrible here, but we are finally seeing some better weather.  I really want to get out and some preparing images for the compositing, so this week looks like the first time I can do that.  So fingers crossed it holds and I can get on with it.

As I did the other day, the before and the after shots, one after the other.

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