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Pretty much anytime I can find a way to do something creative AND cheap, I give it a try. I saw a long time ago on something (I apologize to whom ever came up with this for not remembering) about putting a piece of clear plastic wrap on the end of your lens and smearing all but the very center with petroleum jelly to create a dreamy effect around your subject.

I am currently teaching a photography class and I always like to give my students ways to be creative without having to spend a bundle, so I gave it a try. The top photo of a fence pull was taken at very short depth of field and the background would have been blurry anyway. However, with the sophisticated lubricant-endowed plastic wrap on the lens, the photo looks more interesting.

The photo below of my cat also turned out nice. The only problem with this method is that it blows the rule of thirds because the sharp focus is in the dead middle of the shot. I suppose I could work on ways to make the focal point out of focus.

Have fun 🙂


Canon Rebel, mounted on tri-pod, 100 ISO, AV setting, F4.5

Canon Rebel, mounted on tri-pod, 100 ISO, AV setting, F4.5

I have recently gotten interested in food photography. Using my range hood as a light source, I placed the fruit on a cutting board and mounted my camera on a tri-pod because I knew the shutter speed would be slow on AV setting. I had to manually focus because my auto focus wasn’t focusing where I wanted it to. More examples in coming posts.

Keep trying new things 🙂


I will be teaching class once again beginning in April. This time I have been asked to teach in Paris, KY.
Hope to see a good turnout 🙂

Just a thank you to those who attend my classes, those who read this blog and to those I follow. Your photos supply me with so much inspiration to want to teach other the beautiful form of expression know as photography. I will be starting a new series of classes on Tuesday evening at the local  community college and I plan to encourage each of my students to start a blog of his or her own to share with others.

Have fun and keep shooting those great shots 🙂

I will once again be teaching classes at the local community college starting on Oct. 30. I plan to offer some new material, so even if you took my classes in the spring, you should find these beneficial. Looking at others’ photos is one of the best ways to teach and learn.

I have seen  some beautiful photos on the blogs I follow, thank you to all of you for sharing. I have learned from you.

Keep shooting and have fun 🙂

My students come to me with new DSLR cameras that are equipped with great auto modes. For basic snapshots, the auto setting is okay. When you don’t know how to use your camera, the auto setting is okay. When you want to become more creative, the auto setting is NOT okay.

One of the most frequently asked questions during my classes involve shooting aquariums and other glass enclosures. It is relatively easy to do. . .but not with the camera set on auto. When you are standing in a dimly lit room looking into a lighted aquarium and your camera is on auto, the first thing that is going to happen when you depress the  release button slightly is the flash is going to pop-up. If you proceed with the shot, the flash will fire and reflect off of the glass and you will have a picture of your flash reflection.

The best way to take these shot is to  set your camera on aperture priority (AV) mode, which lets you control the depth of field, while the camera controls the shutter speed. Usually, if you are aiming for a specific subject, F5.6 or F4 are good settings. Step up and place your lens as close to the glass without touching as you can or you will take a picture of your own reflection. Focus on your subject and the light inside the aquarium should be enough for a good shot. The shutter speed is not too much of an issue unless you are attempting to photograph a very quickly moving subject. Most animals in an aquarium are not moving that fast.

Of course, the is some trial and error involved, but aquariums are a good place to practice with the artistic settings on your camera.

As I tell my students in almost every class, TURN OFF THE AUTO!

And remember to have fun with your camera 🙂

I love photography

Welcome to my blog. If you are reading this, you have either visited my website, www.lisahurstphotography, or are attending one of my classes or seminars. Either way, I hope you learn something about how to take great pictures with your device.

I will show you pictures that I have taken and give you how-to instructions for each one and then challenge you to take your own masterpiece. I also plan to share with you resources that I use to learn more about photography and welcome ideas from readers about same.

We are living in a great technological world where anyone can be a photographer. Let’s all try to do it well.

Always looking for pictures,

L.H. : )

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