Play photos, Act I

Remember when I told you how I learned to take pictures of things in motion? Well, now, I can take pictures of things when the lighting is horrible. And they turn out well! Who knew?

Everything I’ve learned about photography I’ve basically taught myself. Yes, I took a photo class in college, but that was kind of a waste because I got bad grades on all my assignments – which is bull because that picture of the egg on the floor of my dorm room is AMAZING, my sister has it framed and hanging in her room. B- my ass.

Anyways. In the past four years I’ve been working at a weekly paper, I’ve had to take my own pictures – which they don’t tell you in school because they figure you’ll work at a daily where people are hired JUST AS PHOTOGRAPHERS. Don’t get me wrong, I like taking pictures. A lot. I’m glad I get to do different things besides writing all the time because it keeps things changing and keeps them fun. I just wasn’t prepared to be a photographer when I started my first job out of college. And if you look at my pictures from that first year or so at that paper, you’d be like, “UM, YOU WERE RIGHT, YOU SUCKED.”

I’m 99 percent convinced that photography is mostly about luck. A co-worker (who is awesome at photography) told me once if you were seeing it and your eye wasn’t behind the lens, you were missing it. Watch stuff through the lens and get to shooting. The rest of the photography process is based on focus, lighting, your subject and whether or not you have shaky hands, which effects the whole focus thing.

In the past couple years, since I’ve been at a job where people actually take awesome pictures and could help me out a little bit, I’ve learned a lot. My co-workers have helped me out with settings and f-stops and ISOs and all that stuff I should have retained from Basic Photo, but didn’t. And with lots of practice and covering several different types of events, I’ve gotten better, I think. Hell, I even won a couple photo awards. So, chew on that, photo teacher that gave me a C.

This past weekend I shot photos of a play at a local high school. I got some good shots, I think. So many, in fact that I’m gonna show you some now, and show you some later. ENJOY!

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Gardening is for girls

Yesterday I went to one of the local elementary schools and shot some pictures of students planting tulips in honor of Red Ribbon Week. Everyone got to plant one, but while the girls were interested in talking about the flowers and seeing if they could have a turn to plant another bulb – the boys were more concerned with the number of worms they could collect.

Because, hello, worms are SOOOO much cooler than flowers….

Look at all these worms
Up close and personalCollecting worms

Little pioneers

Here’s some pictures I took on Pioneer Day at Dad’s school. They’ve had the event for several years now, but this is the first time I’ve gotten to spend the day and they needed some pictures taken throughout the day, so I helped ’em out with that too. I took 200-ish – so this is just a sample.

CANNONS AND GUNS

PreparationCannonEarplugsWLKYLocked and loadedGunpowder

LIFE ON THE PRARIE

Shaving stationLaundry

CookingDancerPanning for goldLittle soldier

ALL DRESSED UP AND LIL’ LINCOLNS

ChiefsListening
SurprisedAbe
CompetitionThese beards are itchy