Katydid Photography Studio is happy to announce the newest member of its team, Chris Lind!
A word from Chris: Hello, I am so excited to be here at Katydid Photography!
From the moment I could flip the pages of magazines, I have been captivated by images. By 1996, I realized that photography was a passion while holding a cardboard camera, and by 1999, I had built my first darkroom in a small bathroom. While the process of making a photograph has come a long way since then, I find that making images is still a celebration of life, of beauty, and of the journey.
Kathy is a master of her craft and dedicated to beautiful, quality portraiture. Did I mention that her photo classes are informative and fun? (Yes, you can enjoy learning to take your camera off auto!) Kathy puts her heart into all things photography. She cares about her clients and that shows! I am happy to be here at Katydid Photography, and I hope that we can help you celebrate all that’s beautiful in your journey!
Here at Katydid we really enjoy our classes. I am rather new to coming to them and I have seen first hand what Kathy does and the connection that she has with her students. It is really great to watch and see as people are learning. Not only are there the times that Kathy is talking about camera stuff, she also makes people laugh, and this will make people feel comfortable in her studio to ask questions and to know that they will be answered.
Last night was the last night of our four-week class Digital Camera Class Part II. This is the class where it might be the most difficult as we jump out of “program” mode and move into manual. This was then compounded with the use of a flash. I think that the student have a pretty good grasp on what they learned (check the student Facebook page).
It is sad to see these people who I have watched learn to really use their camera graduate and sent out into the world. Though we don’t just let these wonderful students go and that’s it, we want to see them grow, but we will miss their need to have candy tossed their way. I have really enjoyed myself and can’t wait to see the next class that comes though the studio.
Would you like to add some punch to your images? Then try a polarizing filter. A polarizer is the one filter every photographer should have handy for landscapes and general outdoor shooting. By reducing glare and unwanted reflections, polarized shots have richer, more saturated colors, especially in the sky. Be aware that you must turn the filter ring to where the image looks its best. Also you will lose approximately one and a half stops of light coming thru your lens. The filter is a neutral grayish color and cuts down the amount of light coming into your lens. Therefore do not leave it on when you are taking inside photos.
If you own a compact point-and-shoot camera that does not accept filters, don’t fret. My husband uses this trick. If you have a pair of quality sunglasses, then simply take them off your head and use them as your polarizing filter. Place the glasses as close to the camera lens as possible, then check their position in the LCD viewfinder to make sure you don’t have the rims in the shot. The exposure meter will read the sunglasses and your photos will look more saturated in colors, especially good for bright sunny landscape photos.
A polarizing filter is also great to cut glare when taking outdoor photos during the daytime. It cuts glare, so if you are photographing a car show and want to see the color of the car instead of the reflections on the metal, try turning the ring on the filter and you will see the glare diminish. Great for shooting thru glass and water also.
You can purchase a polarizer filter at your local camera shop or at B&H Photo thru the internet. Make sure you know your lens thread size which is shown on your lens as a #mm or look for the circle with a line thru it and that is your filter thread size. Every lens you own could be different thread sizes so be aware that you may have various thread sizes for each lens.
When photographing newborns, keep a space heater close by. To photograph a bare naked butt, slowly take off the diaper and let the cold air hit the baby before removing it completely or you will often get a surprise! Have mom in the picture cuddling with her baby. Watch for lighting and expression before shooting but always be ready.