We are ALL in process!

I believe it takes a village of people to raise a child well.  I believe the same philosophy is true with photography.  We need each other.  It takes a willingness to learn and grow from others.  This is why I love my photo club so much.  We are all wanting to grow and be inspired.  We are all eager to learn from each other and encourage each other.   We know and accept that we are all in process!  (Thanks girls!!  I love you all!!)  Today, I encourage you to allow yourself to BE in process and be willing to grow with others, even if your thing isn’t photography!! 🙂

At my photo club this past Monday one of the girls presented us with a photo challenge.  She had us take photos of her fence with different perspectives.  The most amazing thing happened.  The aperture faded it so much that part of the fence looks as though it is “missing.”  I experimented with some creative editing on my pics.  Here’s a few I thought I’d share…

Isn't it cool how the fence fades and looks non-existent? Aperture at f/1.8 🙂

Thanks for journeying with me!  If you are someone who wants to learn how to better use your camera, please check out my blog entry on the upcoming DSLR Camera Class that I’m teaching on April 9th: https://raindancerstudios.wordpress.com/2011/03/24/learning-to-use-that-fancy-camera-is-fun-next-class-april-9th/.


My Favorite Photography Forums/Blogs

Happy Tuesday!   Today, I want to share with you some of my favorite photography forums/blogs.  I tend to be someone who typically only follows blogs if there is an email subscription option available.  [Hence the reason my blog offers it. :)] Also, so far I’ve only subscribed to free forums.  So the following are ones that you can sign up to have them come to your emails with tips…for free!! 🙂  If you know of any different ones that you are willing to share with myself and others, please leave a comment here on the blog!  I’d love to explore some new ones, and I’m sure other photog friends would too!!  If you are someone who does subscribe to a forum that costs and you think it is good, I’d be interested in hearing about it.  I’m hesitant to commit financially unless I’ve heard it’s worth it!

Here’s my list for you to check out:

Digital Photography School- http://www.digital-photography-school.com/ (top fav!)

Picture Correct Photography Tips- http://www.picturecorrect.com/ (top fav!)

I Heart Faces-  http://iheartfaces.ning.com/

Inspire Me Baby- http://inspiremebaby.com/

Clickin Moms- http://www.clickinmoms.com/blog/

Beyond the Shothttp://www.beyondtheshot.net

Captivate- http://www.captivatephotogs.com

Learning to use that fancy camera is fun!! Next class…April 9th

I am teaching my 3rd DSLR class this year on April 9th!  It will be held at the Central Library downtown. Here’s a few reviews from a couple who have taken the class before…

“The class was sooo helpful.  It was the hands on version of reading the manual!  The handbook was a great take away to help remember all the info as we continue to use and get to know our camera and how it was designed to be used.” -Mandy Hills

“Jill made learning about my camera a lot of fun! I used to shoot in automatic mode all the time but now I’m shooting in Manual!” -Aaron Lerch

I thought I’d show you what I look like when I teach my classes (DSLR & Photo Composition.)  Why?  Well, because I think it’s important to make it fun, and I do that by making a fool of myself!! 🙂  I know some of you have blackmail shots that you haven’t sent me yet!!  Lol.  I’m missing the pics of me jumping! These photos were taken by people in the class.

Teaching shutter speed. It's ok. You can laugh at me too! 🙂



Blowing a pinwheel. Too bad for you that you can see my facial expressions. Out of breath. Laughing. And having fun!

Talking with my hands during our round table conversations!! 🙂

Taken at the Photo Composition Class I taught. Yep, that's me on the floor pushing the class to explore the element of perspective! 🙂

Here’s a few photos taken by students while practicing the skills I taught them…

The art of using aperture on a fancy DSLR camera...FUN!!!

The class in action practicing new skills!

Practicing angles and aperture! 🙂

Utilizing aperture skills to create more depth plus using the element of line! Photo taken during photo composition class using skills from both classes!

I love using dominos to teach how to use aperture priority! Playing with aperture is my FAVORITE thing!!!

I hope you enjoyed a little snapshot of my photography class happenings!  Please email me (Jill Reid) at raindancerstudios@gmail.com for more details.  There’s only a few spots left in the DSLR class on April 9th.  Don’t wait to register!!

Freebies from Blue Daisy Designs & Free Lightroom 3 Seminar

Hey there!  I hope you are enjoying the Indianapolis sunshine today!  Here’s Tuesday’s Tip…just one day late! 🙂  Today, I wanted to share some fun freebies going on and also fill you in on a great opportunity coming up.

Blue Daisy Designs is having free giveaways every day this week.  There’s a collage template, a baby announcement template, and an accordion template so far this week! Take advantage at http://www.bluedaisydigital.blogspot.com!!

Also, I wanted to let you all know about a great opportunity coming up in May!  Jared Platt, who teaches Lightroom Workshops around the country, is coming to Indy in May.  Join the Indy PUG (Pictage User Group) meeting on Weds, May 11th from 7pm-10pm for free!  He will share some insight and tips for free.  You can find details at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=189959597687056!  Also, the following day he will be teaching an all day Lightroom Workflow Workshop from 9am-5pm.  If you use the “KISS” code you can take it for $150 instead of $300.  You can find details at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=187178951324684.  I plan to attend both!!! 🙂  Let me know if I’ll see you there!!

Sweet Maggie Lu Owl Hat Giveaway

the boy owl hat...


Who’s ready for another giveaway from one of my fabulous vendors?  I am!!!   I am excited to announce this giveaway from my friend, Laurie, who owns Sweet Maggie Lu!  She makes custom crocheted items of all kinds and has generously donated a super cute owl hat for this giveaway.  The hat is intended for children age 2-6. The great news is that she has made one for a boy and one for a girl.  The lucky winner will get to choose which gender they want!  Also, check out her Etsy site by clicking on the link above to check out the sale she has going on right now!

...and the girl owl hat


Want to win one of these cute hats?  Follow the 3 easy steps below.  The winner will be selected by random.org first thing on Saturday, March 26th!

1. “Like” both Raindancer Studios and Sweet Maggie Lu on Facebook.

2. Share the following information on Facebook and/or Twitter the following info: “@Raindancer Studios is giving away an owl hat (age 2-6, boy or girl) from @Sweet Maggie Lu!  Go to http://www.blog.raindancerstudios.com to enter the contest under the giveaways tab!”  (FYI- Please note you must re-write the @ symbol and select business names to create links in your Facebook status!)

3. Leave a comment here with some blog love after doing step 1 and 2 to officially enter the contest! 🙂  Be sure to let us know which hat you want…girl or boy!


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I’m thinking about trying to implement a “Tuesday’s Tip” section of this blog with the hopes of trying to share a new tip every week on Tuesday!  The key word here is “trying”.  It might not happen every Tuesday, but I’m certainly going to try my best.

So, I am taking a lighting photography class for 4 weeks through the month of March.  I have been excited to learn a few new things.  Although if I’m honest, I’m still hoping to learn more this week and next because I haven’t learned that much yet.  The photo assignment from the first week was a little lame.  Ok, maybe that word is harsh so I will rephrase…it was a tad elementary.  I think it was something like, “Take a photo with 3 different perspectives.”  Which isn’t a bad assignment, it just doesn’t push me to do anything new and doesn’t force me to use any lighting skills.  I’m kind of already the queen of changing perspectives when I shoot pics so I forced myself to try and get catch lights in almost every shot AND exercise the composition element of framing using the hood on the vest while changing perspectives in my shots.

Here’s an article about catch lights if you want to know what they are or if you want to try to get them in your own photos!! 🙂  http://www.digital-photography-school.com/an-introduction-to-catchlights

Here’s 2 articles about the use of framing if you want to try doing it too!! 🙂 There are lots of different styles of framing, but mostly framing draws your eyes into something particular.

http://www.digital-photography-school.com/framing-your-shots-photography-composition-technique http://www.brighthub.com/multimedia/photography/articles/956.aspx

Now onto the good stuff…more photos of my baby girl!!  I posted a link with some of the other results of my little girl, Kylie, with her fur hood vest on!  She was not so happy to be out in the cold, but she endured a few photos and even smiled in a few!!  Lol.  I actually love that I was able to catch her “other” side too…not just the smiles.  One day these photos will bring me back to these younger days when she still threw fits (Yes, my daughter still throws fits!) and she made mean faces at me out of anger.  Ah, the joys of parenting a mini-me. 🙂   http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=340993&id=292028895560

Thanks for checking in!  I hope you enjoyed “Tuesday’s Tip”!  I will be posting another giveaway next Monday and maybe even another blog before then. 🙂  Ta ta for now.

Photography That Inspires The Soul

A photo of Jenni's posted on Flickr

Sometimes this blog is going to be a way to share inspiration from other people…not just me!! 🙂  So, I thought I’d start sharing some inspiration with you!

Jenni is a friend of mine who has a passion for photography.  I love that she carries her DSLR camera in her purse everywhere she goes!  Now, that’s a dedicated hobbyist!  I love the way she views the world.  She truly takes time to enjoy the beauty around her. I also love that she associates quotes with her photos.  I love the depth and beauty that comes out of her titles and descriptions of photos.

I feel hindered sometimes with running a business and focusing on growing as a portrait photographer that I don’t take enough time to embrace things creatively as much as I’d like.  I am, however, really excited for my new photography club.  A year ago I started an evening photography club where we could experiment with new things and have fun exploring all kinds of photography.  We had so much fun together!  A few months ago I started attending a different evening group that is focused a little more on pro photographers.  Since I can’t do two extra evenings a month for photography outside of my photo sessions and other commitments, I created a new plan!  I decided to transition into a breakfast photography club with some ladies who are available during the day!  Jenni is one of the ladies in the group whom inspires me.  Our new group is a mix of hobbyists and business owners.  I need more of Jenni in me…someone to make me slow down and creatively embrace my world. 🙂  I believe that as people we can learn so much from each other.  I think the same is true for photography!

Check our her Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jflower74.  Enjoy.  Be inspired.  Explore your world with a new pair of eyes.  Thank your creator for such beauty.

Happy Friday!