Portrait Photography – Dancer Yasmin

Photographing people isn’t always easy and straight forward, there’s a base technique and then there’s adaptation to the individual. It’s what I’ve been working on lately, the adapting.

So with a mix between a general portrait session and a few dancer profile shots, we headed into the streets and managed to capture a few decent shots in a relatively short space of time.

Feel free to let me know in the comments what your favourite is.

And also go give her a follow on Instagram @Yascabreu

 

 

CosmoCaixa – It’s Like The Others, But Maybe More Fun

The name CosmoCaixa intrigued before I knew what it was, maybe by as much as this blog post does to you!

When you’re in need of a place to go with your child that will keep them occupied and not require much work of you, go there.

Riley and the world
Taking it all in

What is cosmocaixa?

A Science museum!

CosmoCaixa spiral rampFrom my own experience of science museums in different countries, they are always a great place to go. You press lots of buttons, take photos, see crazy inventions and unique mechanisms.

There’s such a diverse mix of things to see that it helps to encompass all types of people.

So when it comes to children, it’s perfect! They get to experiment, learn and play.

 

How is COSMOCAIXA?

It’s huge, and I’m sure when Riley and I visited it, we missed things. The missing things is how they get you to come back again!

When it comes to the basics of a science museum, this place ticks the boxes of what I’d personally look for: buttons, wheels and cogs, optical illusions and wildlife. But then they threw an little (HUGE) extra thing into the works….

A RAINFOREST!

You don’t just get all the standards, but you also get an aquarium/rainforest experience; climate and all.

 

How to get there

There’s always a few ways to get anywhere but personally I always find easiest to just go by train. So, we went by train. We headed to Av. Tibidabo and then walked up the mammoth hill to be greeted by another hill and a bridge (top picture). So just be prepared if you decide to not take a taxi, bus or tram up to the top. All in all, worth it though and can’t go wrong with a bit of exercise.

Av.Tibidabo
View from Av.Tibidabo on the L7 Line

Improving Photoshop knowledge by avoiding courses

My knowledge of Photoshop I would call good but not perfect.

However I always feel like there’s something MORE that I could do with my images.

Something that I’m not thinking about, because I never learnt existed.

How to Learn more photoshop

To solve this problem, I needed to learn more about photo editing. But HOW?

There are two solutions: take a course or teach yourself.

Okay, maybe there’s three solutions…. do both 🙂

I had a look at the course to become an Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) in Photoshop and discovered it’d cost approximately £1000.

Then I discovered that there’s another stage of an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) which would cost a lot more!

Now the ACA five day intensive course would be good enough for personal purposes, whilst the ACE would put you on a whole new level.

And this led me to my next question:

Is it worth it?

I deliberated and researched more into what was involved and then it hit me.

Smoke me a kipper, I’ll be back for breakfast – Ace Rimmer 😀

Even if you learnt it all in five days, how much of it will you remember a month later? Especially if you’re not using everything you learnt frequently.

Photoshop CC - Classroom in a book

That’s when I discovered the book, the official workbook from Adobe to teach you everything you need to know.

And the best thing? You work at your own pace, your own way and you have consistent reference material.

So naturally I bought the book and now it has finally arrived!

I’ll be working my way through it and teaching some of it right here on the site. So stay tuned!

If you want to get the book yourself, you can click HERE or on the book image.

Let me know if you bought the book and how useful you found it, or if you have another method to expertise.