Friday, September 6, 2013

Photo Class Giveaway and September Challenge



I really enjoyed reading all the August challenge posts - I think every post was helpful and informative in its own way and I would totally recommend reading them if you get a chance.  




For September, we are going to focus on subject and composition.  This challenge can be as simple or involved as you want it to be.  Just choose some words/phrases from the list below and then compose a somewhat sewing/quilting-related photo illustrating your answer or interpretation of each. You can choose to use all, some, or even just one of the words - but focus on what you are including (and not including) in each photo - in other words, make each photo count.



Each photo should tell its story without needing any written explanation. So, for your post, don't write about your photos, don't explain them - let the photos do the talking.  However, I would suggest writing the word or phrase you are using under each photo and somewhere in the post you might want to say that it is part of the photography workshop.  The link up will be later this month - I'll leave it open for a week again - but starting on September 26th (because on the 3rd weekend of the month, I'll be at Sewing Summit - anyone else???)

About me
A typical day
Happy and/or Things that Make Me Smile
Love and/or Favorites
Peaceful and/or Relaxing
Frustration
Color Palette Inspiration
Things that Inspire My Quilt Designs
Things that Make Me Laugh
Future and/or Goals
My Sewing Process
Appreciation
Goals
Timid
Imagine
Design
My style



And how about a photography-related giveaway?!?!  After seeing one of my posts for the Quilt Photography Workshop on bloglovin', Craftsy contacted me to ask if I would be interested in a complimentary enrollment in their new online class entitled Shoot It! A Product Photography Primer and that they would also offer a giveaway for an enrollment in the course for one of my readers.  I was definitely interested and actually just finished watching it.

While the class focuses mostly on photographing knitting and small items, I still found it helpful.  The first part of the class talks about color theory and storytelling as they relate to photography - I found both topics interesting and I think the information I learned can be applied to my quilt photography.  As can some of the information on prepping for the photo shoots and lighting.  I found the instructor, Caro Sheridan, to be very likable and easy to understand throughout the course - including when she was focusing on the basic technical aspects of photography.  There is also a section on how to use people to model the items and a short bonus section at the end on self-portraits which you might find useful - I know I did.

To enter the giveaway for the craftsy class:  Shoot It! A Product Photography Primer, simply leave a comment on this post. Any comment will do but if you'd like a topic, how about writing about what you would either like to improve in your own photography or what kind of photography you like to see on the blogs you read (one entry).

Bonus Entry

Plum and June followers - old and new - get a second entry. Leave a comment indicating how you are following. (one entry)

So you can enter up to 2 times - just leave a separate comment for each one! This giveaway will remain open until Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 8pm EDT and a winner will be picked at random and will be notified by email. And unless you are sure that you are NOT a no-reply comment, please leave your email address in your comment.


The giveaway is now closed.  The winner is Allison CSeptember 6, 2013 at 3:11 PM

113 comments:

  1. I'm glad you posted the theme ahead so we have more time to take those pics. I want to concentrate on the colors as they look rather dull on my pics.

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  2. I'd really love to win the craftsy class - I just got my first dslr last week and have oodles to learn. Looking forward to participating in this month's challenge!

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  4. I would like to try and get away from the auto mode of my camera. The words aperture and f-stop make me run for the hills.

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  5. I want to improve my photography, love doing it, but am not so good at it

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  6. I have always loved taking pictures, and would love to learn all the tricks

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  7. I know i want to improve my photos but not sure how. I thought i needed a macro lens or something, but not sure if that is it. I am enjoying this series and hope to link up next time.

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  8. I am very much a beginner at getting to grips with my DSLR so would love to be able to remember what worked to make sure I can repeat it again :)

    Love the giveaway!

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  9. I would love to win that class!
    nicole (at) modernhandcraft (dot) com

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  10. I follow you on bloglovin :)
    nicole (at) modernhandcraft (dot) com

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  11. I'd love to get some more photography tips.

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  12. I just learned to set the white balance on my camera and what a difference in my photos! I need to learn so much more. I would love to win.

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  13. What a great giveaway. I have been looking at the Craftsy photograhpy classes too! Thanks.

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  14. I would like to learn to use the manual mode on my camera.

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  15. I want to take better pictures of my quilts. More creative than just "here's my quilt hanging over my back fence" sort of thing. I've got a pile of pictures for inspiration. Just need to use them!

    By the way - I look forward to meeting you at Sewing Summit in a few weeks.

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  16. I'd love to take that class! I love the photos on Red Pepper Quilts and would love to learn how she does it. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. That looks like a great class! Thanks to both y'all!

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  18. Great! I'm going to try to remember to do this one!

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  19. I need to take more photos on manual mode--time to wean myself off of auto! :) In the same vein, like you, I'd like to do less post-editing. I'd like to be posting out-of-camera images 90% of the time. We'll see...

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  20. And I follow via Bloglovin. Thanks for offering the opportunity to win the class, what a great giveaway for this series!

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  21. I could definitely use this. I have a fancy expensive camera, but I have no idea how to use it properly. I just had my first baby and now is good time to utilize that camera.

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  22. I follow via bloglovin or feedly depending on which format I'm in the mood for.

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  23. Also I am a long time follower

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  24. What a fantabulous giveaway! I do make quite a few small things and knitted/crocheted items, so it might be a really great class for me! Thank you!

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  25. My photos are so out of control! I've been reading all of the linked posts to try to learn how to be more consistent! I would love to take that class!

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  26. I have been wanting to take that class. It would be awesome to win it. Thanks for the chance!

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  27. I'd love to take this class!

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  28. Great challenge and great giveaway! I can't wait for the photography class at Sewing Summit - hopefully I'll learn what all the buttons on my camera mean :-)

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  29. And I follow you on Bloglovn', thank goodness!

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  30. I would like to learn to take better portrait photos, I always love seeing pictures of other's families and read about the fun they have while together.

    Nini~

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  31. I would love to win that class. My photography leaves a lot to be desired!

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  32. The class would be awesome - I definitely need help!

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  33. I follow you on my blog sidebar

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  34. I've been seriously considering that class so I would love to win :o)

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  35. I'm a follower via bloglovin - love this challenge, by the way!

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  36. I am going to try the challenge this month:). Great giveaway as well, I took the Caro Sheriden Pixel course and thought she was a brilliant teacher.

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  37. Thanks for the giveaway! I didn't get to the first challenge (pesky kids!!) but hoping to do this one.

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  38. I wish my photos showed real colors better.

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  39. I would love to win this. I just started blogging and a week in my DSLR that I was barely starting to get the hang of kicked it. So I've been doing my best with my Iphone until we can budget in another camera. But I still need to learn!

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  40. I'd love to learn more about photography!

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  41. I'm so glad you mentioned this class! I just got a free class from Craftsy so I signed up for this photography class. Can't wait to watch and review it :-) So you can take me off the giveaway list.

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  42. I want to learn how to shoot in manual mode!

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  43. Love the Craftsy classes. I have a nice camera, and would like to be able to take better pictures. I like to photograph flowers, quilts, My dog, etc. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  44. I follow plum and june via email. Enjoy your blog very much

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  45. I want to learn to use the manual settings on my camera

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  46. I want to get better with bokeh, and could definitely use some help.

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  47. I follow you via email. Thanks much for the giveaway.

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  48. My biggest issue with photography is dealing with the crappy lighting in my basement. During the summer I try to photograph outside but it would be nice to find a solution for the winter months.

    I missed taking part in August's link up (that month was out of control around here!) but I will definitely take part in this one

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  49. I would love to learn how to better use my camera

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  50. I just bought a DSLR camera and have been debating if I should take a class! Hope I win!

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  51. I'm in! thank you! yeyioasis@yahoo.com.ar

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  52. I follow you on bloglovin yeyioasis@yahoo.com.ar

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  53. i now zero about that subject so i need to win, thanks for the chance

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  54. I would love to learn some tips on how to choose backgrounds that highlight the item you're taking a photo of.
    Your room photo must be "Peaceful and relaxing", that's how it makes me feel!

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  55. Well that's fun! I like the themes for the photos. I also am going to the Summit, hurray! (And no need to enter me into the contest :) )

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  56. I have been wanting to move out of my comfort zone w/ photography! This class would be a good stepping stone for that! thank you!

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  57. I am a follower through Bloglovin

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  58. I'd love to watch this class!:D

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  59. would love to learn more about lighting

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  60. Wow, fabulous idea! I'd love help on what to do when I have no chance for good natural light (we live in darkness at least half the year) and I'm looking forward to trying ht e composition stories too.

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  61. I follow along in my Google Dashboard!

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  62. Sounds like a great class....pick me!!

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  63. I'm hoping I get my camera back from being fixed in time to participate this time round.

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  64. What a fun link up party! I have a few ideas in mind, just got to see about staging it!

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  65. Ooh, you get contacted by the most fun people! So cool. I could always use tips on improving everything;)

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  66. This post jumped out at me, I'll start playing now to post a photo :)
    georgiafair[at]gmail[dot]com.

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  67. I follow you using feedly :)
    georgiafair[at]gmail[dot]com.

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  68. Ahh, a photography class would be magnificent! I think I'm doing pretty well currently for the tools that I have, but every little bit helps! I can't wait to invest in a higher quality camera though. All I have right now is my cell phone! And a two year old smartphone is essentially obsolete in terms of cameras :c

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  69. Photographs make a blog for me, it would be great to be able to make them better!!

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  70. I typically photograph with my iphone but have a canon rebel and would LOVE to learn how to use it to take better pictures for patterns, my blog, etc.

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  71. I need to work on composition and lighting. I have a great camera and I'd like to get comfortable without auto mode!
    Julie @ The Crafty Quilter

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