Over the weekend I went out into the garden and found two doves on our wall. Even when our rambunctious Labrador Sugar came bounding out, they did not fly away so I got the impression they were quite young.
They were great subjects to photograph as they hardly moved and while I like these two shots above, I could have done without the cluttered background. It really does not do them justice - but since I could not ask them to move....I decided to see what would happen when I zoomed in.
I was quite delighted with the results my camera produced. Last summer I upgraded my camera to a Canon Power Shot SX200 IS - I had longed for a big proper camera but when push came to shove I decided that I really wanted a camera that could still slip easily into my bag so I'd have it on hand all the time for whenever an opportunity arose. I always have it in my bag as I'm on the road quite a lot of my job and it makes it easy to pull over on the side of the road and take a quick shot or on my lunch break- take photos of what I'm eating or the town I may be in visiting.
Taking good images for your blog or business website is so important for maintaining a great overall look. I love photography and in high school and college back in the States was very involved in black and white photography and used to develop my own film and prints and was even photo editor of my college newspaper or awhile. The digital revolution has changed so much and has made it much easier for people.
Imen McDonnell of the blog Married an Irish Farmer takes absolutely beautiful photographs for her blog - she's just been shortlisted for the Irish Blog Awards 2011 and rightly so! I love her images and strive to be a bit more like her although my blog does have a slightly different perspective to it and I need it to be more in keeping with my nutty quirky personality. Another excellent food photographer is Donal Skehan who is a home cook, photographer and food writer. He takes amazing images on the run so to speak - I recently enjoyed all the images he too on a visit to all the foodie spots in New York. Brought back lots of great memories.
The key is to keep it simple, if you can. The background is important to look at - the light- the positioning of your subject. My camera has a bigger lens so it allows for more light to enter the image without using an artificial flash (which I actually hate) and will do anything I can to avoid using- it also has a night setting on it so again I can capture night scenes without a flash. It all takes practice and a steady hand. I'm not a super expert but I do enjoy it and I take loads of variations to make sure I've got it right.
Most of all - have fun with it and take the time to practice and try out different set ups.