I live in a family where my lack of photography skills is a frequent source of amusement.
Keith, my husband, has mastered his DSL (is that EVEN the right term? I don’t even know. That’s how bad I am) camera and takes awesome pictures of birds (we enjoy bird watching together, though he’s way more into it than me. I just like walking in nature).
And then there’s me.
Here’s one I took this weekend where I was trying to be artistic, but the lighting isn’t quite right.
I’m in the middle of two huge photo projects: the first is that I want to get good at Instagram over the summer. I enjoy photos; I just can’t figure it all out. But I’m going to have fun trying! The other is that Katie is taking ALL of our old family photo albums and scanning the pictures. I want to digitize everything.
But as I’m going through all the old photos, I see so many that could have been better. And for my daughter’s wedding in July, I want to be ready! I just didn’t document the kids’ early years that well. Thankfully the girls have documented their teen years just fine on their own, but I’d like to start capturing memories that have the right feel a little bit better. And I want to make sure that I can always FIND those photos again, too!
So I am launching myself into the Ultimate Digital Photography Bundle that starts today–for one week only! I got a hold of the books early–last Friday–just to take a look, and I’m absolutely loving it. There are three tiers, depending on what type of photographer you are: Beginner, Intermediate, and Professional.
Like most of you, I’m just a beginner. But the beginner ebooks and ecourses are so much fun.
There are books on composition (like what goes into making a good photo, and where everything should be), lighting, exposure, depth, and so much more. There are ecourses for your Nikon camera and ecourses for your Canon camera (we have a Canon. I think. That’s how bad I am).
One of the things I think is so cool is this ecourse on Metadata:
It helps you learn how to insert code into the actual raw photo file so that you always know who is in the photo, where it was taken, the date it was taken, and the subject. That way if you’re ever trying to find “all photos of Johnny when he was 3”, you can just search for it. It teaches you what keywords to use and what to do with them. I’m so excited about that because of my project to organize all of my photos from forever!
And here’s another one that my daughters are really excited about: iPhone Only Photography.
It shows you how to use your iPhone to take amazing pictures, and then what editing software to use to make them even better. It’s a really long book–200 pages–so it’s a major course in and of itself. I’m working my way slowly through it, and by the end of the week I hope to show you an updated landscape photo with the sun peeking through the trees–like the one above–that’s so much better! Taken just with my iPhone, of course.
There’s also a great resource on how to capture those unexpected memories, which every mom is going to want. Those lovely pics of your kids laughing, or even having a meltdown, are irreplaceable. I wish I had more of them–but you can!
Then my husband is so excited to work through the ones on shadow and light to figure out how to use his camera better.
Seriously–there is so much for everyone. And it’s such a great deal!
There’s even better news! Everything in the bundle has a combined total value of $555, but for this week only, The Ultimate Bundles Team is selling the entire bundle for just $37 – a discount of more than 90%! What’s more, they’re also throwing in a FREE copy of FX Photo Studio Pro software from MacPhun (which provides stunning filters and photography effects) worth $29.99!
The next generation is going to be all about photography. Our lives will be documented on social media, and we have the ability to really capture amazing photos that will last for generations. Technologically, this is such an exciting time to be alive because anyone can master this stuff! And the equipment is so much cheaper than it ever has been.
The bundle sale ends June 29 at midnight EST, so don’t wait to pick it up!
I’m going to try to work through some of the assignments in the iPhone Only Photography book over the week, and keep you updated. I hope you like my progress! And if you want to join me, just click here.
Remember, there’s also a bundle for Intermediate photographers, with lots more on lighting and black and white photography, and for professional photographers. When you buy one of the bigger bundles, you get all the resources in the lower bundles as well. So when you buy the intermediate bundle, you also get all the ebooks, courses, and bonuses in the beginner bundle.
No blurriness, no exposure nightmares, no bad angles. Just perfect, happy memories!