I have a vintage flatware obsession.
These are my favourites. I have no idea what the pattern is called but if you know, tell me because I’d like to get some more.
This really wasn’t supposed to be a post on my supposed flatware obsession ( although I do have one ) but I had this photo and … well now I’m trying to revolve a post around it.
Here … maybe I’ll talk about cameras. Because I have a photo of one of those too.
The above shot is what the vintage camera looked like when I took my first shot of it. Which is great if you’re going for a washed out dream sequence sort of shot. I was not. That sort of shot was “in” a few years ago. Now? Darker, moodier shots are all the rage.
Practice makes perfect.
And so do lessons. I have a little more practicing to do by the way.
You may not see all the differences in the photo of vintage camera, but I do. Now.
As you know, I’m offering a course on blogging next week. 5, hour long lessons, every evening next week with Quistic. (use the code DOINGSTUFFVIP for a $50 discount) And I thought it was important for some reason that you all know that I too take courses. I gather up all of my money and pay someone else to show me what they know.
In this case it was Donna Griffith. Donna is the photographer who has shot my home for the past 3 or 4 magazine shoots at my house, including the beautiful feature in this month’s Canadian Living. So since I know her, and I knew I liked her, I asked her if she would consider coming to my house to give me a photography lesson. It wasn’t cheap, and it shouldn’t have been. She’s a professional photographer will valuable skills, tips and tricks. I learned as much from her in our 4 hour lesson yesterday as I did in an entire semester long photography course.
She showed me how to ignore my camera metering, use black cards instead of white bounce cards to create darker, more dramatic shots and about one katrilbillion other things.
I’ve paid for photography courses, Photoshop courses, blogging consultations, marketing consultations and a business consult. I have no idea if other bloggers do this sort of thing, but I do.
Why do I do it? So I can take a photo of my dinner in almost complete darkness with no flash and still have it come out like this.
Is it the best food photo ever? Um, no. But it’s probably one of the better ones ever taken in complete darkness. By me.
The Art of Doing Stuff is about learning new things. Learning to laugh at your own stupidity. Learning to let others laugh at your stupidity. Learning that just because you don’t know how to do something doesn’t mean you’ll never know how to do that thing.
So I have a fall assignment for you.
If you have ever at any point had any interest in something but didn’t do anything about it … sign up for a course. Take a whole semester to learn how to fix your car’s engine. Take a class on how to make jewellery. Learn photography, gardening, tax law, poetry writing, dog training, cooking, at home dental surgery. Whatever.
My family is what you’d call class crazy, my mother Betty, in particular. She alone has taken courses in stained glass, doll making, hat making, quilting, sewing, purse making and I believe if you search long and hard enough you’ll find a brassiere in her drawer, hand made by her. She learned how to do it in a class. Of course it was a class on jewellery making, but she was bored so she whipped up a bra.
I understand that you can’t commit to this sort of thing RIGHT this very minute but think about it. And let me know what you think you might like to take a course in.
I’ll go first. The next course I’m going to take is advanced Screen Printing.
Now you go …
Have a good weekend!