I took two online classes this month focused on photography for the holidays. The first, "Picture the Holidays" by Tracey Clark, was at BPC. Every day in December an email prompt and inspiration arrives in your inbox. When I signed up for the class, I knew exactly what I’d be getting since I had taken "Picture Spring" in April. I also knew from the outset that this time, I probably would not respond to every prompt, but I thought I might get some ideas for some different photos during the holiday. As expected there are several prompts I didn’t connect to at all, and there are several still on my list to take. I was inspired to look with new eyes at the usual holiday decorations and events, and I’m very pleased with some of the shots. Taking the pressure off myself not to participate daily made this class much more enjoyable. Tracey's classes are a great way to jump start your photography if you're in a slump or looking to try something new. Here are three of my favorite shots with their prompts.
"The Day After"
I signed up for the second class on the spur of the moment, and I am so glad I did. Katrina Kennedy’s “Capture the Holidays” through Get It Scrapped included seven lessons and two videos. This is the second class I’ve taken with Katrina, and I’ve learned a lot from both of them. Each lesson focused on one aspect of taking holiday photos: Lights, the Tree, Ornaments, Presents, Food, Outside (decorations and lights), and Morning (preparing for Christmas morning shots.) The pdf lessons (about 7 pages in length) provide technical settings for your dSLR, settings to try if you’re shooting with a point and shoot camera, and ideas to improve your composition. I found the technical information extremely helpful. Katrina provided the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO for a variety of shots. Starting with her settings, it was easy to adjust them for my particular situation. Her suggestions about using flash on Christmas were invaluable. (See the previous post.) Katrina sells some very helpful e-books at Designer Digitals. The one I like the best is “Get Me Off Auto.” I can also highly recommend her course “Through the Lens.” Earlier I posted a series of food shots I did after reading the lesson on food. Here's one more food shot from this course.