On Photography Class-Day 2

Good news, my class was only two days long so this will be my last post about it.  I know, it’s going to break your heart.  It’s so exciting to see my experiments.  I am doing it for you, to enhance my blog photos.  The torture will be worth it someday?  I hope!

Day 2 lessons were simple.  Go to each of the buildings and take pictures inside and/or outside that represent C.M. Russell Museum using lessons and techniques from the day before.

Why are easy lessons so hard?

Welcome to a pictorial tour of the C.M. Russell Museum a la TKW (a little fanfare here)…..



C.M. Russell Residence

C.M. Russell Studio

What I learned:

Natural light is the best and easiest.

Museum lighting sucks!

Taking a picture through glass–no good.

Taking good photos takes practice, lots of it!

You need to have a “good eye”.

A “good eye” can not be taught, but it can be refined and improved.

Some of my photos are quite nice (if I do say so myself, for a rookie), many of my photos reflect the challenges of my easy assignment.

I spared you from my most horrible photos.

You’re very welcome!

What do you think?

“Good eye” or not?

Potential or not?

Stick to cooking and leave the pictures to real photographers or not?

Practice and you might actually get it or not?

By the way, the photos are untouched pure unadulterated pictures, so be kind…..or not.

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5 Responses to On Photography Class-Day 2

  1. Janet June 29, 2010 at 4:40 am #

    I’m really digging the picture of all the skulls, the one under the tepee.

    • The Witch June 29, 2010 at 11:08 pm #

      It’s actually a black and white photo of a mound of Buffalo Skulls from when they were slaughtered for their fur back in the 1930’s, I believe.

  2. Kitchen Butterfly July 4, 2010 at 9:08 pm #

    I prefer camera to blog photos……..that’s the heart of the matter. I have nothing against people who touch theirs up. Truth? Sometimes you have to take 200 photos to find 10 you love……thank God for digital cameras.

    And, taking photos through glass doesn’t have to be useless, just make sure your camera lens is flat against the glass – gets rid of the reflections but still tricky if the glass is dirty!

    I love the 4th photos, with the statue to one side and scribblings on the other. This experience will stand you in good stead for your food photos so don’t worry at all!

  3. Barbara Van Cleve December 3, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    I stumbled on this today and really enjoyed reading about your experiences and seeing once again the photographs that you did. Nice job. Not bad at all with the museum lighting which is tough because of all the variables. I hope that you have been able to put these techniques to use regularly.

    Best wishes and have a lovely Christmas. We have eight inches of snow and what else – wind. So have to watch the drifting. It is chilly too. 6 above now.


    • Giggles December 3, 2013 at 10:55 am #


      Your class was so inspiring, it spurred me to photograph in manual mode versus relying on auto-programs. I ended up loving it so much that I went to photography school! Other than a semester in high school (B&W film) you were my first real (digital) photography teacher. I thank you so much for helping grow the little seed that was sprouting in me, that seed grew so big that I decided to make a career of it. Who would have thought when I sat in your class that I would follow it as a career? I’ve specialized in food, the other passion I have, you can view some of my work here: Rhonda Adkins Photogarphy

      We have about 6 inches of snow and of course the wind also…typical Great Falls and Montana!