I love taking pictures of people. It’s so much easier and more interesting for me. But I also think that it’s a good exercise to practice taking photos of non-people (yup, I’m just going to lump it all together into one category).
A couple of months ago I took myself on a photo walk downtown. It was FREEZING and I didn’t last for very long before heading into a coffee shop for a little warm up. But I did snap a few pictures and was reminded how much more thoughtful you have to be about the composition and mood you want to capture when you’re taking a non-portrait. Not that you don’t have to think about those things for portraits…but if you don’t get it just right in a still or landscape…well then you just have a picture of a meaningless object…and it is starkly apparent.
Here’s one from that walk…(the dude you seen in the background was totally showing off for the camera, so I guess it’s not technically a non-portrait…
And here’s one from this afternoon…the sun was out and Coen was playing happily in the sandbox, aaaahhhh.
This Saturday, Jamie and I are going to a Flickr meetup at a vintage drug store (they are closing down the shop for 3 hours just for us to play around with our cameras!) and I am SUPER excited about it. Weeee for learning new things and meeting new people!