The Excelsior Springs Branch is pleased to present another batch of pictures from members of our Photo Fun group. Photographer and frequent traveler David Foxe provided the picture for this blog. It was taken in Savoca, Italy.
Here is the second photo for this month from our Photo Fun group at the Excelsior Springs Branch. Michelle Hale took this picture of her two dogs playing tug of war over a piece of clothing.
Photo Fun meets once every other month, and it is open to photographers of all levels. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 5th at 6:30 p.m., and it will focus on taking pictures indoors. Ask a staff member or contact the branch at 630.6721 for more information.
Here is the third photo for this month from our Photo Fun group at the Excelsior Springs Branch. Donna Collum took this picture of a beautiful sunset in Liberty, Missouri.
Photo Fun meets once every other month, and it is open to photographers of all levels. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 5th at 6:30 p.m., and it will focus on taking pictures indoors. Ask a staff member or contact the branch at 816.630.6721 for more information.
Was there life before Instagram? I can hardly remember. I've always enjoyed playing around with photography in a very amateur way, and as soon as I jumped into the smart phone world with an iPhone last year, Instagram was the first app that I downloaded. Now it's making the news. Facebook just purchased the app for $1,000,000,000. (Yes, that is a BILLION dollars!) Instagram must be doing something right.
Tips for Taking Pictures Indoors Part #1: The Flash
Taking a picture indoors can be tricky. One of the biggest challenges you can face is lighting. Sometimes, there is simply not enough for a good picture. Most cameras today come with a built-in flash that can be set to go off automatically if you want it to. This gives you an easy way to bring some much needed light to a photo. However, it can also create too much light or form an unwanted light reflection. Either of these occurrences can ruin your picture. So what do you do?
Tips for Taking Pictures Indoors Part #2: High ISO
The next part of our series on indoor photography will focus on using a high film speed or ISO indoors. ISO stands for International Organization of Standardization. The most common settings are 100, 200, 400, 800, and 1600. Many cameras available today will allow you to switch an ISO setting quickly.
Tips for Taking Pictures Indoors Part 3: Using Outside Light
Here is part three of our series on taking pictures inside. The last two blogs focused on using the flash indoors and high ISO settings. This time, I would like to focus on using outside light to help you get a good indoor picture.
The picture you see above was taken inside an apartment. However, I made sure to position the objects of the picture within the sunlight that was shining through the window.
Tips for Taking Pictures Indoors Part 4: Some Quick Tips and Tricks
For the last entry in our series on shooting pictures indoors, I would like to share a number of quick tips and tricks that I’ve learned over the years.
1: Try shooting in black and white. The picture of the cat you see above was taken inside with no flash. Before taking this picture, I’d taken several others in color, and none of them were turning out right. On a whim, I set my camera to shoot black and white and finally managed to get a good cat head shot.
Come in and check out the beautiful photography of Peter T. Vanderhoorn, Sr. A Smithville resident and a native of the Netherlands, Peter has an interest in travel and photography. He is displaying a collection of photographs from the Netherlands as well as the United States.
My favorite is "Bicycle Shop Pink Special" featuring a row of pink bikes in Holland. What's yours?
Each month the Lee’s Summit Branch Photography Forum picks a theme, and the members go out and take pictures of that theme. The theme for July was downtown Lee’s Summit. I am so excited to share with everybody the pictures that were taken. We have selected a dozen photos to display in the Library. Come check them out on the far wall opposite the front doors.