In January I began participating in Shoot Along, a 52-week project for parents who simply want to take better pictures of their children. For me, participating is a great way to hone my skills and more importantly, make sure I photograph my own family too (the struggle IS real). Every week participants receive instruction on a new concept or skill to practice, along with editing videos and other photography tips. Shoot Along is a great way to invigorate your creativity, whether you are new to photography or a seasoned pro. I love the inspiration. While I haven’t exactly completed all of these assignments on time – or even in the appropriate weekly order – I am caught up and so grateful for the accountability. Here’s my progress for the first 17 weeks of Shoot Along 2016. Two-thirds to go and I can’t wait to capture it all.
Week 1 – Rule of Thirds
Week 2 – Reflecting Light
I used a reflector to capture this multi-generational picture. That’s my mom, grandmother and daughter … so really four generations were present 😉
In the image above, the light is reflecting onto the kids from the television. This room was otherwise completely dark. I shot this at a really high ISO of 25,600 pushing my camera’s low light capabilities as much as I could. You’ll notice a lot of grain in this picture which is totally normal for such a high ISO. This is the reason for the photography term “embracing the grain” which is exactly what I did.
Week 3 – Aperture/Controlling Focus
Week 4 – Shutter Speed/Reducing Blur
Week 5 – ISO
Week 6 – Perfect Exposure/Focus
Week 7 – Details
Kate has the most gorgeous eyelashes and freckles. Details.
Week 8 – Symmetry
Week 9 – Pattern
Patterns are everywhere in our world. Just look around. I found mine on the baseball field … maybe because we spend a lot of time staring through this fence.
Week 10 – White Balance
Colors change in every different lighting scenario you encounter. I prefer natural light which is why I challenged myself to work with the artificial lighting in our kitchen this week.
Week 11 – Faces
Week 12 – Contrasting Subjects
This is my neighbor’s gorgeous yellow peony. I love the light vs. dark contrast. I took this picture yesterday … a mere 5 weeks late, but well worth the wait 😉
Week 13 – Candids
Week 14 – Horizons
Week 15 – Low Light
The picture above was another late addition to my set. Kate had some homework to finish before school yesterday and as I walked by, I thought there’s my low light shot.
Week 16 – Low Depth of Field
Week 17 – Foreground Framing
Thank you for taking time to view my Shoot Along progress. You can see more of my personal photography favorites in my Personal Portfolio.
Abbe McCracken is an award-winning photographer serving Charlotte, NC and the surrounding areas of Matthews, Ballantyne, Weddington and beyond. She specializes in joyful family and children’s photography. Abbe is a member of the National Association of Professional Child Photographers and is the 2015 winner of Charlotte Smarty Pants’ Best Family Photographer, Hulafrog South Charlotte’s Most Loved Family Photographer and Charlotte Parent Readers’ Favorite Family Photographer.