One of the things I would like in the New Year is a good head shot. I had Rick take some photos of me when we were in Arkansas, but I can’t decide if I like this one better or the one that I already use on my blog. What do you think?
Last week with my Saturday Snapshots post, Christmas bokeh, I asked about books that would help anyone who has the New Year’s Resolution to improve his or her photography. We didn’t come up with much. As Jennifer Crites of There & Back pointed out, much of the best information on photography has moved from print to on-line. She recommended Bryan Peterson’s tips called “You Keep Shooting” on AdoramaTV. She later found, but hasn’t read, this e-book: 8 Ways to Accelerate Your Photography.
Leslie of Under My Apple Tree recommended the Digital Field Guide for your model of camera. The guides are put out by Wiley Publishing. I can second her recommendation — the Digital Field Guide was more useful than the manual to me.
Vasilly of 1330v suggested Expressive Photography: The Shutter Sisters’ Guide to Shooting from the Heart edited by Tracey Clark from the Shutter Sisters blog. That looks so good I’ve requested the book from the library and added the blog to my Google Reader.
Perhaps your New Year’s Resolution for photography is more about developing the habit of taking pictures? A picture a day goal, maybe? (I failed at that spectacularly the one time I tried). If so, maybe you would like to join our group read of The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg: The Power of Habit — A New Year Group Read.
Saturday Snapshot is brought to you by Alyce of At Home With Books. Visit her post today for spectacular architecture shots from the Natural History Museum in Washington, DC and for links to other photographs around the web.
They’re both very nice but the blog photo looks a little better to me. I’m going to check out those suggestions too as I have a brand new camera to learn how to use. Have a happy and healthy 2013, Joy!
I like the new one. 🙂
They are both nice, though.
Happy New Year!!
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I like the new one better. It’s lighter and we can see your face better. The bright colors you’re wearing and the colorful background are a great mix! Besides that, I think you look a lot younger in the new photo!! Thanks for the info on photo links. Got a new camera for Christmas and I need all the help I can get! 😉 Happy New Year, Joy!
I like the brighter colors of the new photo.
Thanks for the mention. I’ve always found the manuals that come with electronics & cameras are too basic to be helpful. I’ll check out The Shutter Sisters… I’m always looking for more photography tips.
Taking a photo a day doesn’t work for me. I can post one a day, but I have to be motivated to shoot new stuff and that usually happens in bursts.
I think I like the new one better — fewer shadows and the smile is more natural. I need a head shot as well, and it’s so hard to find the right one!
I like the new one better because it has more vibrant colors and contrast.
Oooh, I am a big fan of color and the outdoors, so I like the new photo, with the gorgeous colors in your sweater and scarf and the lovely outdoor background.
I took a photography class many years ago when I lived in New Orleans – would love to take another someday!
Good luck with your resolution –
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I like the new one too. We red-heads look good in purple, don’t we???
I like the new one – the lighting is warmer and your smile is bigger 🙂
Bear With Me…update with the newer♫ It looks more candid…keep safe in the New Year♥
Thank you for the suggestions for improving photography.
I like your beautiful photo with the different colors.
I like this one better-the lighting is much better-your face is illuminated.
How did you just find out you are going to France? where are you going?
I hope you are going to visit Monet’s gardens in Giverney-it is about 40 minutes by train from Paris-it is well worth the visit.
If you need any help with planning your stay in Paris-let me know-I know the city well.
while I like the English countryside I like France much more.
Giverney is on the tour! I will let you know when we’re planning our Paris stay. Thanks!
In the new photo, the background is so nice and you look really happy and youthful…that’s my vote; although they are both nice.
I would love to learn more about photography, too. My eldest son is a photographer and I admire his work.
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I like the new one as well, although as everyone else has said, both are lovely. I love to take photographs and almost always have my camera with me so I can snap a picture to use for my blog. I live high up in the Rocky Mountains and the scenery is always breathtaking.
I really want to read The Shutter Sisters book – it looks fabulous!
I like both of your photos, but I like the new one a bit more – the colors are beautiful in it, with the leaves and the purples of your outfit. 🙂
I like the new one, the background is really pretty 🙂 Book Savvy Babe
I like the new headshot. 🙂
Happy New Year
I like the new one. It is great to have 2 good ones so you can change it up at whim!
Did I see in comments the mention of a trip to Paris? I love Paris and maybe a Paris setting book should be on the reading list for those of us who will be enjoying only a vicarious trip!
Hmmm..I like them both but the new one is vibrant! Love it Joy 🙂
Both pictures are lovely, but your scarf and the background in the newer picture really stand out and are eye-catching 🙂
Both photos are very nice. I like the brightness of the new one though. Of course, I love purple … 🙂