Archive for April, 2011

April 29, 2011

Zack Arias recap on CreativeLIVE

by z.lynn

Zack opened his class with his favorite quote from famed photographer, Edward Weston. It goes something like this:

“The fact is that relatively few photographers ever master their medium. Instead they allow the medium to master them. A new lens to new paper to new gadgets, never staying with one piece of equipment long enough to learn its’ full capacities. Becoming lost in a maze of technical that is of little or no use since they don’t know what to do with it.”

He spoke about how there are some people out there using a $20k camera and taking some horrible photos. There are some people using point-and-shoots taking great photos. He suggested using Flickr to research what others are doing with their cameras and to see where you can improve

His point was that as photographers, before going out and getting more gear, we must know how to use the gear that we have. It is not necessary to buy every lens or new thing out there. Practice what you have until you know without a doubt what the outcome will be. The “lens is your viewpoint, you should know your output based on practice.”

Today’s agenda covered the camera, lens, subject and composition. He discussed:

  • that camera bodies will be moved out of use more quickly than anything else. Lenses, flashes and cables stay. Buy a camera, not megapixels. Its’ not about the quality of the chip, not the quantity of the megapixels.
  • his considerations for body purchases: (in order of importance) full frame vs cropped sensors, ISO performance, AF performance, ergonomics, megapixels. “Buy a camera, not megapixels. It’s about the quality of the full-sized chip not the quantity of the megapixels”
  • that you shouldn’t compose photos around AF points. Focus, then recompose
  • the basics of aperture and shutter speed and stated that we must memorize the reciprocal relationship between them like multiplication tables
  • the 3 types of metering available in-camera: evaluative, center weighted and spot
  • how perspective changes when using wide-angle lenses vs telephoto
  • how your subject should trust you and you must know their needs and expectations and meet their needs but exceed their expectations
  • the benefits to doing homework on the subject first – if they are a band, listen to their music; if they are on Facebook, look on their wall – this helps you to be able to create a common ground and make the subject comfortable in front of the camera
  • how his ability to talk to people was directly tied to him paying his rent
  • the notion that every successful photographer is a people person
  • how he likes to think of posing as ‘body language’
  • some techniques in the area of composition – rule of thirds, negative space, balance, juxtaposition, etc

He covered some of the basics today but reminded us that this is essential information that everyworking photographer should know and be practicing.  The tips and reminders that he offered like committing to memory the aperture/shutter speed reciprocals and setting specific goals to meeting new people each month will help me greatly.

Thank you Zack and CreativeLIVE for another great of session of information!


April 26, 2011

tuesday’s tip…communication!

by z.lynn

Effective communication within a relationship is essential.

I was fortunate enough to marry a wonderful man in the fall of 2009. I love him dearly and we have wonderful times since we have a lot in common. However, no matter how much we have in common, there will always be differences between us. I can’t stand that he leaves the toilet seat up or that his idea of cleaning is throwing bleach everywhere and letting it work its ‘magic’. Ugghhhh!! SMH!

The differences between you and your spouse may take many different forms. It may be something as simple as whether or not the toilet paper goes over or under on the roll (over, right??). However, that difference could make you and your spouse like polar opposites when it comes to how you spend and save money, for example. Either one of those differences can cause frustration, stress and major arguments.

The only one ‘easier-said-than-done’ way to handle these differences is to communicate, effectively. Communicate with each other –  not mommy or daddy or coworker or friend about what your spouse is not doing. And this communication should begin as soon as you start dating. Major things like whether or not to have children or your view of money must be discussed before you say “I DO”.

Dating? Newly engaged? Wedding date set? It’s never too late to start communicating effectively to ensure the longevity of your marriage.

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Have a Great Day!

DISCLAIMER: all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my personal views and offer suggestions and information based on my own research, experiences and beliefs. i am not a licensed therapist. this is in no way an attempt to diagnose or treat any issue that you may have.
April 26, 2011

like the wind…

by z.lynn

my running shoes have been getting abused lately!!

boot camp (bc) last week…. ran/walked 2 miles today… bc tomorrow… bc on thursday…gurney on friday! LOL

April 20, 2011

36:365 in love with body care

by z.lynn has some nice all natural alternatives to deodorant, body scrubs and lotions. Their deodorants don’t have any harmful aluminum or parabens. I just purchased their ‘Elite’ est version (in the photo above).

April 20, 2011

35:365 misty

by z.lynn

i made sure to pull off the side of the road one night to capture the misty rain, all i was missing was a hot cup of tea.

April 20, 2011

34:365 shower scene

by z.lynn

April 20, 2011

33-365 bright lights

by z.lynn

here’s a few 365 photos you have missed…

April 20, 2011

i did it!

by z.lynn

i got up, got out of the house and made it through the boot camp this morning! i’m super tired (only had 4 hrs sleep last night) and will probably be sore later but I FEEL GOOD! YEAH for me!!

i showed the hubs my muskulls (muscles) and since my arms look like garden snakes compared to his pythons, he was not too impressed but congratulated me for following through on my exercise plan.

setting a goal and meeting it is SUCH a great feeling. short term goals work better than longer ones for me as i tend to get distracted or disinterested with the amount of work required to achieve the goal (LOL); and thus fall of the proverbial wagon. 🙂

my next short term goal is to stick to my healthy diet today, walk/jog tomorrow and then attend another boot camp session on friday! i think i can, i think i can, i think i can. (why is it that my daughter is 9 and i still refer back to her favorite programs from when she was 2 and 3! i caught myself singing the Elmo song the other day!)

Here is a quick pic of the sunrise on the way back home:


have a great day!

April 19, 2011

The best laid plans of mice and men…

by z.lynn

all stacked up and ready to go… the goal is to get up and show up to workout at a 0530am boot camp…my workout gear is ready, but am i?? yes, i am…let’s do this!! this plan will not go awry!

here’s hoping that my gardening gloves provide some protection from the ground and my stinking bootleg pedometer actually works this time! LOL


Have a Great Day!!

April 10, 2011

not so sick saturday

by z.lynn

having now come out of my PMS/sinus/pollen-ated cloud, it’s time to get back to work.

of course, there’s plenty of laundry to do, not to mention just general cleaning! yea for me :-/! why is it that when mommy is down and out, nothing gets done around the house??!!??

well, before i whip the house back into shape, i’m going to enjoy a little time off – by choice.

today, i caught of my favorite photographer’s CreativeLIVE workshop. she was amazing, as usual! after a hot shower i enjoyed a glass of a great merlot+cabernet mix from yellowtail wines, as i finished this post.

although i’ve been ‘out’ a bit, i am happy to have kept up with my photo a day challenge. i will be posting them soon.

and. . . the re-organization of the house begins tomorrow!