Flash? People?

Before I jump into today’s post, I want to thank so many of you for reaching out to me (and this little community here at Life Refocused) regarding the last two posts. I was deeply touched by your reassurances and encouragement about my recent difficulties with a certain person in my life, as well as my inner creativity-attacking demons. I was also incredibly moved as some of you bravely shared your own experiences of “that person” in your own lives and how you, too, are struggling with love, kindness, and forgiveness. Writing those posts was incredibly vulnerable for me, but also incredibly cathartic. I felt better sharing my feelings and wounds. What was an even greater gift was to learn that my words helped some of you in your own process. Amazing.

Onto some photography talk…My Photo III class started three weeks ago and this course is focused on using electronic flash and photographing people. I’m gasping and cringing a bit as I write this. You see…I don’t use flash. And I don’t really take photos of people. At least not in the traditional sense. I take photographs of parts of people. Like feet. Or hands.

The other shocking aspect of the course is that we will be using shutter priority for most of the assignments. Insert another gasp. Shutter priority?!? No. Thanks. But no. I’m happy living in aperture priority. I want my dreamy, blurred out backgrounds. I don’t want to have my images working around the shutter speed. Okay (sigh). Got my whining out. After all, I’m taking these courses to learn new ways of photographing. Insert openmindedness.

The truth is that I could benefit from some help using the flash in appropriate ways when needed. And I could improve my skills on photographing people. Maybe I’ll even take a photo of someone’s face! Or at least part of their face. The images on this post were taken for the first assignment which did not use flash, but did require moving over to shutter priority and shooting people (with the camera!). And you know, it wasn’t all bad.

There is an art to crafting an interesting photograph that includes a person in the frame. And there is usefulness in knowing how to use the electronic flash in low light situations when you really want to capture the moment. So like casting off the impostor demons whispering messages in my ear, I’m casting off my own Negative Nellies about flash and shutter priority. Let’s see what develops.


About Meghan

Love Warrior. Psychologist. Photographer. Writer. Yogi. Gypsy. Lover of Polaroid, film, and digital.
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8 Responses to Flash? People?

  1. Tanya says:

    I can understand these feelings, Meghan, because like you, I really enjoy working with aperture priority (and photographing landscapes/objects). But hang in there, because I remember some really fun assignments in photo III, including one where you take photos outside at night:) And when human faces were scarce, I substituted feline (I’m guessing you might be able to get Ripken and Parker to volunteer:) You can also continue with the hands photos (or other body parts), as you’ve created some great images already. Have fun with flash!

  2. Jayne Bramley says:

    I agree with Tanya….you have some fun projects coming up!! I often didn’t have a human face so I took pictures of Malone or sometimes I took self portraits so that I could see the effect on skin tone. Just see shutter priority and flash as a new adventure – just like learning to love the tripod!! You will find that flash when used in daylight conditions can drastically improve a photo 🙂 Have fun with your new adventure.xoxo

  3. Laura says:

    whatever develops, it’s gonna be GREAT! love you

  4. Sarah Jean says:

    At least we’re in this together 🙂

  5. Tom says:

    You still managed to get pretty shallow DoF on these shots, so SP can’t be all bad, right?

  6. Tiffany says:

    These are just great pictures Meghan – keep going friend, keep going!

  7. i love that you’re stepping into unknown territory and exploring, it doesn’t mean you have to do it, but it’s nice to explore all the options. right? at least that’s what i tell myself 🙂

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