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 Newsletter March 2017

This spring is going to be amazing!!!!  Rain....rain...rain and then wonderful spring sunshine must be the recipe for beautiful blossom and spring flowers.  I just love this time of year when everything starts to come alive and the clear mornings start with a cool crisp feel.

If you haven't managed to get a shoot in might not get another spring opportunity as good for a long time!   Check out the latest March offer to get the best deals!

Also, don't miss the latest and greatest....visit us at the Danville market as we support a great charity and get your spring photo taken with cute and cuddlies!!

For the photographer in you continues with focus on backgrounds....something even the experienced photographers have to remind themselves of!

Finally I have included some images of the gorgeous green fields locally....who could resist!  And quote of the month is from a great TEDtalk last year!  You can find the link along with the quote at the end of the newsletter.

Enjoy your March and I'd love to hear from you!


~ Tracey xxx


Latest and Greatest
This months latest and greatest is a shameless plug for a great charity and a lovely morning in Danville :-)  Come along to the Danville farmers market on
Saturday March 25th
between 9 and 1pm to support Nephcure...a wonderful charity saving lives of people with Nephrotic Syndrome.  We will have a free spring photo booth set up with animals and other spring features and you will have the chance to win prizes.  So do come along and say hi to us and the animals :-)  If you would like to know more about the charity of market, please click on the logo links below.  


March Opportunities...

 Lucky March Savings!!

March brings St Patricks day and hopefully the start of beautiful spring weather and flowers.  What better way to capture it with a family shoot in the blossoming California hills.  Just to entice you a little more...the March offer is 10% off all session fees and products.

Click on the image below to find out more!

Offer Ends - 31st March 2017


Offers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer

For the Photographer in You -
Back to Backgrounds!!

Do you ever take photographs's lovely, that will be such a cute photo!!  Only to find the perfect photo is ruined by the background.  Sometimes we get so caught up in what we want to photograph and how lovely the subject and the light is, that we can easily forget about how important the background is.  Separating the subject from the background emphasises the subject and makes it 'pop' making sure that the viewer sees our subject first and isn't distracted by the background.  Bright lights, busy backgrounds and not separating the subject from the background all contribute to a weaker image, no matter how great the actual subject is.  It takes a while to get in the habit of remembering this, but it's worth it.

There are several ways in which we can create that separation -
- Depth of field - shooting with a shallow depth of field by choosing a large aperture setting on your camera has a very effective result of limiting how much of the image is in focus.  In the first image below, the gorgeous Weimaraner, Lexi, is in focus, but much of the foliage in front and behind her is out of focus. This helps the viewer to concentrate on the main subject in the frame.  You can also create this effect with a smaller aperture by making sure that there is a decent amount of space between your subject and the background. 

- Contrast using lighting - in the second image, I could have used color, but the dramatic effect of the weaver bird almost silhouetted agains the sky is created by the contrast between the two.  This makes the subject in the image stand out against the background.  

- Moving the angle of the shot or the subject - the Agapanthus in the third image wasn't along, there were lots of them all together which looks stunning, but can be very confusing for an image.  They were also very close together so it was difficult to isolate one with just aperture size.  Changing the angle of the camera, allowed the subject to be isolated and stand out against the contrasting sky.

- Post processing - just as there were many Agapanthus flower heads from the plant, there are many flowers on each head.  I chose to remove all the color from this image apart from the purple to help isolate the flowers from other things in the photograph.

As always...enjoy your photography!!

Little Ditty About My Own Camera Fun - Green Hills

I don't think we will get a better opportunity to get photographs of local green hills than right now!!  Early in the morning or later in the afternoon is the best time to photograph them, when you can see the undulations so clearly.  I made a landscape composite from the collection I took below which I have included as the last image.  Unfortunately, the newsletter is able to display it at it's best with serious width limitations!  But you get the really is a beautiful time of year in a beautiful location!  
Quote of the Month

My A lighthearted quote for the month of March.  Necessity is the mother of invention right?.....isn't that what we have grown up with?  This great Ted talk is a little sideways slant on this statement and a quote from the presentation, click on the quote for the full presentation - 

’’You'll find the future, wherever people are having the most fun’ Steven Johnson

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