Damsels in Progress learn photography with Stacey Vaeth

In November 2018, The Damsels learned about Frida Kahlo and decided to focus on an art-related action. Last month, they decided to honor Frida Kahlo by taking a photography lesson. For each meeting and action, one of the Damsels will take photos of the group for the website.

  • First, we talked about what makes a good photo. Here is what we said: -a good subject -a cool background -the angle and lighting -the position and the features

Thank you so much Stacey Vaeth, fourth generation photographer for donating her time to teach us new skills and to take some professional photos for us as well. You can learn more about Stacey and see her work and what she does here.

  • Then, we discussed about what can frustrate you. This what we thought: -when the camera can’t focus -the lighting is bad -trying to fit large groups in one photo -when eyes turn red -being blocked by friends

Stacey also explained why photos look different in the photo than with our eyes. It turns out, your brain filters out other things and focuses on the subject when you look at it. However, when you take a picture of it, you have to tell the viewer what to see using shadows, zooming in, and captions so they know what they are looking at.

We learned about composition, which means how to design a photo, and we learned about a couple of rules and tips. -simplify the background and remove some distractions -whoever the photographer is has the power. They can do whatever they want to change their subject or switch it out completely if they want. -the rule of thirds is a grid where the whole photo is cut into nine equal pieces and the subject must stay in the grid. Remember not to put the subject too close to the edge. -Keep track of the horizon line, the line that separates the sky from the ground, to make sure that it is not crooked or that it ruins the picture.

The story that is told in the photo is important but does not always have to be finished. You can always play with the scale like adding a small kid next to a big tree. You must remember to know what you want people to see when they see your photo and to always focus on the detail.