When I was writing Get Me Off of Auto, I asked her to be part of the team. I wanted her spectacular photos to show off the steps in the book. I had no idea, she was shooting in Auto modes. What gorgeous results she was achieving! I asked to feature her in a special Behind The Lens, focusing on the wonderful photographers who contributed to the book. Kathie is the first of the three.
Her answers left me in tears. I'm so pleased to share her with you!
What do you enjoy most about photography?
There is so much that i love about photography. Of course there is the aspect of preserving memories, but it really goes so much further than that. I think of a photograph as a gift, the gift of a moment that can never be relived any other way, a special way to rewind your life! There is also the joy of taking a great photo, a constant learning and challenging of yourself. An extra special perk of photography are the relationships that you develop with others who share your passion....they get you!
I would never been able to get this shot on auto...the chapter on shooting in the manual mode helped me achieve this.
How has your photography changed since Get Me Off of Auto?
Quite simply GMOA has changed my photography 180 degrees. Before Katrina asked me to be a part of this project I was shooting 99.999% in the auto mode. The few times I ventured out, I either took a photo that was completely black or white. I read so many books and blogs about the exposure triangle....how ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed come together to take the right photo. I might as well have been reading a book written in a foreign language, I just couldn't put it all together. GMOA made it so easy....for once there was someone (Katrina) who was speaking to me in a language I understood. I went from auto to manual and have never turned back, I now shoot 90% in the manual mode with a little aperture or shutter priority mode thrown in when the situation calls for it, and I know what mode to use as the situation arises. That still amazes me!!
Thanks to Katrina's chapter on shutter priority mode I was able to capture this camera shy squirrel as he bolted.
What camera and lenses do you have in your bag? Which do you use most? Why?
I shoot with a Nikon D90, in my bag I have:
Nikkor 50mm f/1.4
Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 Micro (macro lens)
Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8
Nikkor 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
Lately I have been using my 60mm f/2.8 macro lens. By the time I felt comfortable off of the auto mode, winter had set in where I live, which means most of my shooting has been indoors just practicing taking photos of the things around my house and of course my dogs. Each spring I work about six weeks at a local greenhouse designing containers and that lens is perfect for taking flower photos. I am looking forward to getting out with my 70-200 this spring/summer.
I have never been able to shoot and attain a true black background. I can honestly say that GMOA allowed me to get this shot, one of my favorites so far.
What is the strangest thing you've photographed?
I don't know how strange this is, but I love this photo. I was taking shots of some daffodils that my mom brought me and noticed that i loved how the stems looked in the bottom of a beer glass that i used as a vase.
Where do you keep your camera when you aren't shooting?
It is always handy. I used to keep it in my camera bag in the closet, but noticed that I was missing too many shots. I now just keep it on the sofa table in my livingroom with batteries charged!
After reading the chapter on Aperture Priority mode I was able to get just the right DOF I wanted for this photo of all that sugary goodness!!
What editing/organizing software do you use?
I use Adobe's Photoshop CS2, Photoshop Elements 3 and Lightroom 2. So excited for the release of CS5!!
It took me three years and Katrina's book to be able to take a photo of a red rose that actually looked red. In all previous attempts the rose was either black or hot pink!! I was thrilled when that happened, this was taken in the manual mode.
I love Kathie's photos! You can see even more of her work in her flickr pool and at DesignerDigitals. Don't miss Buddy, he is perhaps, the cutest dog ever! (Sorry Bear.)
I'm feeling generous. Pop over to Kathie's photos or scrapbook pages, leave a comment here about your favorite Kathie photo or page and I'll pick one lucky winner for a spot in Your Life: Captured Through The Lens. Post your comment by midnight, May 22nd. I'll post the winner on May 23rd.
Class starts on May 26th!
Class starts on May 26th!