The Joy In It

Photography 101

I've always liked to take photos, and I love my digital camera(s); I even think I have a fairly good sense of composition and balance in putting together a shot.  BUT I really don't know anything about the technical aspects of photography.  So I'm taking a photography class at the Kalamazoo Art Institute this summer.

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Being in a photography class allows you to Kinnear people . . . pretty much whenever you want!

Anyway, I struggle to understand the technical stuff.  Some of the others struggle to understand composition.  And it's always interesting to watch people react to critique!  (The class ranges from the "aw, shucks, it was nothin'" kind of photographer. . . to the incredibly defensive "artiste" kind of photographer!)

This week's assignment was to photograph one object from a variety of perspectives.  I chose a barn (which is, surprisingly, located in the middle of my very suburban neighborhood).

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I think it's an interesting subject.

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And the light was really nice.

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I was able to capture the barn from many different perspectives!

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But you never know what the instructor will think!  Last week I submitted this shot. . .

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and he LOVED it!  He got a little flabbergasted, and exclaimed, "What IS that?"  Oh, just a little knitting project. . .

PS - Yesterday, in the comments to my Grandmother's birthday post, Lee asked to see my Grandmother's wedding photo.  Here it is:

G & G the early years 

But, as Grandma explained to us at her party, they didn't have a ceremony.  They were married in the middle of the Depression, and opted to use their money to establish a household, rather than spend it on a "frivolity."  So, no dress.  But the brooch is pretty cool!


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What a great wedding photo - the dress! The brooch! And their sweet, serious faces... Your grandmother is so pretty and your grandfather so handsome. Thanks for sharing.


I love that your Grandma is still alive at 100. I work with a woman who's grandmother-in-law just died at 115. When her son died at 89 the obit read, "Suvived by mother.....!!" She was the oldest person in Minnesota and maybe the US but I can't be positive. How wonderful to be "with it" and able to enjoy friends and family at such an age!

Great photos and I can certainly relate to your interest/need to learn the technical side. You will be so happy you did!

denise copeland

I've admired the photos of your garden! (and you Grandmother's wedding phoo is beauiful - I love the soft gloy color as well as her dress.) Your class sounds wonderful and the photo of the barn door is wonderful. I visited the Kalamazoo's Art Institue web page and was very excited to read about their current shows of Georgia O'Keefe; especially the show Through the Photographer's Lens: O'Keefe and Her Circle. Your course as well as the entire exhibit sounds like an incredible adventure.


very cool shots - and what an amazing Grandma! She must have the best stories!

PS - the frosting looks fine!

Lee Cockrum

Thanks for posting the wedding photo! The brooch is very nice! I actually really like to hear that people choose to get a solid start in their married life rather than go into debt for a huge wedding, I think it is a good sign for their future.

I love your barn series. I just got a Nikon D90 for my birthday, and I am just beginning to get a handle on some of the things I can do with it. I would love to take a class, I took a B/W class about 9 years ago. I had never been in a dark room before that, and I am SO glad that I did it before the digital scene took over.

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