By Avery Howard
This is a special guest blog post written and photographed by Avery Howard, 2nd grade daughter of Sigma’s chief blogger/tech editor, Jack Howard, for “National Take Your Child to Work Day”
Yellow and White Daffodils. Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN Art lens on Olympus OMD-E5 Photo © Avery Howard
The first concept we got to explore for Take Your Child to Work Day was to take photos of flowers and especially red tulips, yellow daffodils, dandelions, yellow tulips, and bicolored daffodils.
We experimented with different in-camera Art Filters to see how effects change the feel of a picture. This is Soft-focus. Photo © Avery Howard
This is a black and white film grain effect! Photo © Avery Howard
And here is the non-filtered version. Photo © Avery Howard
The second concept was to take other nature photos, including a leaning tree, riverbank, three pine cones & two big sticks. My dad and I identified great photos and the angles to shoot with the two lenses. I also learned how to take photos of landscapes and great shots of people today! (And by “people” I really mean Pato the duck!).
Looking at trees through a hole in fence post. We also tried the 16mm F1.4 DC DN | C lens as well for this picture. Photo © Avery Howard
A portrait of my duck, Pato, taking field notes under the daffodils.
After we got back to my dad’s home office we picked out our favorite photos and prepared them for the website using Photoshop. Some of the photos were better than others and these were the ones we picked. We looked at the framing, if it was blurry or sharp, and the colors, to decide which we liked best.
A picture of me taking a picture of my dad! Photo © Avery Howard
A picture I took of my dad taking a picture of me! Photo © Avery Howard
I also learned a close-up photo is called a “macro”. This little flower is smaller than a quarter. It was helpful to use a tripod to frame this picture! (We used a Sigma 18-300mm C on a Reb T3i) Photo © Avery Howard
Then we wrote the blog in Google Docs (and I showed my dad how to use Google Voice typing, too!) and uploaded it into a program called WordPress and then we published it. You are reading it now. I hope you enjoyed it!