Photographs of Home
At this crazy pandemic time many people are picking up their pen or their camera to document their day. After all, this is an historic moment in all our lives. Often families get their camera out to photograph those special holidays and seldom find inspiration at home. Now at home, you can study your environment a little more closely and you just might find you have a rather photo worthy life.
I photograph something most days, even before Covid 19. It's the way I express myself. I've been photographing the beauty and the reality of Covid 19 in our area since before lockdown. If you are keen to document your home and local area YOU MUST NOT ENDANGER YOURSELF OR ANYONE ELSE WHEN PHOTOGRAPHING. YOU MUST FOLLOW STRICT GUIDELINES FROM YOUR GOVERNMENT. I'm going to share some of these shots and give you some ideas of how you can try different angles and camera settings.
Both of these photographs were taken prior to lockdown in NZ. I wanted to tell a visual story with my images. This was the last shop I did prior to lockdown. When you are photographing in public you must be mindful of other people, they may not want to be in your photographs so think of a way to tell the story without their faces. May be it's a behind shot so they aren't identified or a low angle of everyone's feet. Or may be you just don't have anybody in the photograph.
This is official lockdown with the first briefing by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. In this shot are really common things that we use every day. The cup my husband is holding is one we bought from Electra Art Gallery when we lived in Central Hawke's Bay and we use these all the time. Remember to meter on your highlights as you can bring out the shadows in editing. If the highlights blow out you won't ever get them back when using a digital camera.
Try to experiment too. It doesn't matter if your photos don't look amazing. You can print which ever photographs you like but playing gives you an idea with what you can do with your camera. The top left image is free-lensing. Top right is double exposure in camera. Google your camera instructions and you might find you can do this on your camera. The bottom left is a double exposure with one exposure on a slow setting (1/10th sec and f-22) and the other exposure at 1/250th sec. The bottom right is much the same with three exposures.
Remember to photograph what your kids are doing too. Don't always get them smiling at the camera, and always check they don't mind their photo going on social media. I made sure I kept some of the small details in this image. The rabbit on the bottom left was only put there as part of the Covid 19 teddy bear hunt.
Your kids don't always want, or even need their faces in the limelight either. We had fun taking this outside to be photographed.
If you don't have any willing subjects, focus on a process you enjoy. It could be your art work or a new craft. And use the light in different ways to create a mood.
You can document some else's project too. If they are photographed doing something they enjoy you are less likely to get protests and funny facials. Use a low f-stop so the face is sharp and the background not, creating seperation.
And while you are on your daily walk, take your camera. So many people have tried to make the walk interesting in suburbia that it would be a shame not to have your eyes open and looking around. Stay safe, stay home, and when you do exercise, stay local. We are lucky to live in NZ so please, for this short duration of time, do as the Health Officials and Govt are telling us.
Family pets often don't protest too much about getting their photo taken too. Try getting down to their level and photograph them at different times of day. This is good practice for photographing humans too.
You might even make some new friends when you look out your window. Meet our resident Kereru!
Take care, stay safe, and stay home xx And enjoy photographing your home life! I am really enjoying slowing down and playing with my photography again. Want any help, just email me with questions!