Create Artistic Photos with Your Digital Camera

In part II of her instructional videos on getting the most out of your DSLR camera, professional photographer Joy Yagid demonstrates how using shutter priority settings on your camera can be used to create dynamic, artistic photographs. Click on the image at right to view Joy’s video from Greenwood Gardens:

“I am a documentary style photographer. I love trying to capture a common object in a different way. It’s that simple. I like light and light likes me. Light and I are on a perpetual spree. My love is to shoot nature in a non-obvious way. I love finding the abstract in the everyday. I love color and patterns and the play of light. And yet, I can take my unique way of looking at things and find those special details.

I walk through light ‘seeing’ as a photographer does. I notice lines, shapes, colors, textures and tones – just to mention a few of the artistic elements that catch my eye. And I capture them. For my own pleasure, but for another reason too: to save them. There is no permanence in flora and fauna. All we have is this moment. Maybe I’m becoming Buddhist as I grow older, maybe it’s something else. But whatever it is, it drives me to save these things, scenes, moments…so that I can share them with you and with those that follow after you. I want to conserve them for future generations.”  – Joy Yagid