Friday, January 12, 2007

Learning to use my camera

I mentioned that I got a new camera for Christmas. It has a lot more features than my old one and I have been trying to figure it out. I like indoor photos taken using available light, so I sat down today to see if I could determine how best to achieve some nice indoor photos.

I am really enjoying this blog, called 3191. It is a collaboration between two young women who live 3191 miles apart—one in Portland, Oregon, the other in Portland, Maine. Each morning each of them posts a photo. Most of the photos are interior shots of small scenes of their everyday lives. The photos, to me, are beautiful in their ordinariness, seen with an artist's eye. It is eery how many similarities show up in their independent photos. I aspire to those kind of photos. I am practicing.

If you look closely you will see that yesterday's house has found a home—at least for the time being.


  1. That second photo is quite charming and I noticed the house even before I read your text about it. I'm loving 3191 too.

  2. The great thing about digital is getting the feedback while one can still remember just what one did. I always had good intentions and a notebook and pen with my film camera, but it was so much harder to learn from a bad photo.

    The top photo is a wonderful example of why still life is used for students in art class to learn about light.

    I too like available light photos. Good thing too, since I love my digital camera, but dislike the built in flash.

  3. beautiful photos Terry. There is such serenity there. I LOVE the 3191 blog! What a wonderful idea they have. Thank you for the link.
    Also I want to say how much I enjoyed your review of the Coos art museum show. What a wonderful and amazing exhibit that is.

  4. Anonymous4:31 PM

    Steph told me not to use my flash for indoor shots. So I often don't and then I adjust the exposure in I photo or Photoshop. I think maost of her great shots for 3191 are done without a flash.