Friday, September 18, 2009

what i think i know

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Dear people who have taken pitty on me and subcribe to this blog,

(Hi Mom!)

In the next few weeks I will be teaching a photography class (someone should have their head examined) and it's going to be all about the basics.

Your mission:

HuuLP Meh! Give me some pointers. What things would you like to know? What do you struggle with? And what sort of tutorials would you like to see on here?

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Thanks! And for answering my question you'll get a personal comment from yours truly giving you a very enthusiastic thumbs up.

Also, the meaning of life.


Julie September 18, 2009 at 10:21 PM  

So, I don't have any advice for you on what I'd like to have taught in a class cuz "the basics" for me would be a little toooo basic--like, how you turn on the camera and stuff :-). However, I would like to say that I L-O-V-E that first pic. Gorgeous!!

McCulloch Family September 18, 2009 at 10:55 PM  

How to not shake my hands the whole time and make every photo blurry :)

PS I love your new logo!

Alison Stewart September 18, 2009 at 11:19 PM  

I want to know how to take some "cool" close ups w/the clear pic and fuzzy backgroud....oh- and what I really want to know- are the basics of photoshop (private lessons?)

Janae September 19, 2009 at 8:36 AM  

No you don't know me and no I am not your Mom. I have a great understanding of my camera and how it works and all that jazz. But even with a really high SS and using my flash how can I capture a very fast moving 2 year old, and get them in focus?

Emily Cannon September 19, 2009 at 1:13 PM  

maybe some of my photography issues come from only having a basic point-and-shoot camera, but I would like to learn the basics of how to get a clear picture when i need to turn the flash off, if it's possible to focus on near vs far, how to get low lighting situations to turn out good pictures, how to remind my brain to get out the camera and actually TAKE pictures, etc. Your pictures amaze me, Ralphie!

Jolene September 19, 2009 at 6:39 PM  

I want to know how you get such amazing color! You skin tones are always beautiful! I wish that I could just sit by you when you edit a picture. That would be awesome! But sadly i am in MN!! So sad! But I would love to hear what you have to teach! I am all ears sister!!

Angela Noelle September 20, 2009 at 6:42 PM  

Oh my. I am heartbroken. I want to come to your class! Here I am, in little ol' New Zealand, regularly thinking of you when I upload my humble photos of my perfect daughter and husband...and in those moments, on the other side of the earth, I think, "Why can't mine look like Ralphie' know, that girly I don't reeeeally know who takes beautiful photographs and slays me with envy every post? Why!?" I think the first class you should share some of your favourites; get your slay on. And then, when you have them all eating covet-pellets from your artistic hand, answer their unspoken question (mine, above), "You can! You can!" Then tell them how to get pictures like the one Alison S described. Then tell me. Better yet...plan a family trip to NZ and run a class while you're here...preferably somewhere in my city. While we're at it, give me your camera.

Kimberly September 20, 2009 at 10:00 PM  

I'm sure I have camera questions, but I mostly want to learn how to edit like you. Love what you do! Maybe you could implant your brain in mine somehow? Hummm? Okay, maybe I could just be apart of this class!

Wendi September 20, 2009 at 10:29 PM  

My question is, when are you going to come take pictures of my kids? Hmmmm?
Could you answer that in your tutorial? Just kidding - kind of.

sheltonfamily September 20, 2009 at 11:21 PM  

Editing!! And also what is the lowest shutter speed you use when photographing kids? I never know the cut off point for when I need to just bite the bullet and up my ISO. :)

Where is the class? Congrats, professor!

Merrick September 21, 2009 at 2:44 PM  

I need to know how to control Aperture and Shutterspeed better...if I have a really fast SS, my pictures are too dark, but if it's slower, my pictures are a blurry mess. Also, I might need a better lens to get the aperture I want..

This is an awesome idea, by the way. Thanks for being willing to share your talent!

Janssen September 21, 2009 at 8:21 PM  

I want to know how to have a daughter as squeezable as Chi-chi.

Oh, are you not covering that in the class?

Darling Details September 23, 2009 at 12:51 PM  

is this an online class? or an in person class? I'd love to know how to capture the pics that look so candid and not posed, especially in pics with more than one person in it. I have a point and shoot and should probably figure out how to use any other setting than auto....that will be my goal before I take a class :)

The Kooky Queen--Rachel September 24, 2009 at 1:25 PM  

WOW!!!!!! I love how you make their eyes pop! Can I do all these nifty photo tricks with an average, digital camera??? Or do I have to mortgage my life away just to photograph beautifully?!

sparky September 26, 2009 at 5:42 PM  

Um...everything! I want to know when classes begin! Sign me up!!!

Stacy September 26, 2009 at 9:52 PM  

Ralphie, your beautiful pictures just leave me speachless. Love you!!!

natalyn September 27, 2009 at 12:23 AM  

I want to take your class! I'd love to know what you do in photoshop and how do you get such incredible colors in all your pics?

Kristy September 28, 2009 at 3:41 PM  

I just want to make my photos turn out like yours, okay? Something to do with those funny settings on my camera maybe?

Congrats on the red bow. :)

Melanie Flinn January 23, 2010 at 6:17 PM  

Hi Ralphie,

I am one of Heather Walker's good friends and I stumbled along your blog via facebook (through another friend Katie E.) ANYWAY, just wanted to say you photos are amazing. I remember when Heather told me she sold you her old lens and just thought you were like me (a mommy who loves to take pictures) but your pics are amazing! I was thinking when I opened your blog- this looks like a photographer's blog and I was right. Did you take classes or just teach yourself?

I have the Nikon D80 and just bought the 50 mm 1.4 lens but I am just trying to take better pics of my kids. I don't think I will ever be capable of the quality that you and Heather take...but I'd like to learn more! Just wanted to say hi and nice work!

Melanie Flinn

Kim December 15, 2010 at 10:58 PM  

Hi Ralphie! I stumbled across your blog from a friend's page on FB as well. I must say, you capture absolutely AMAZING pictures! What talent you have! I know this post is a year old, but I just had to comment and see if I could get any tips from you! I would have loved to take your class...I don't suppose you are offering any more? :) I own a Canon 40D with a 50 mm, F1.8. If I could take great pictures like you of my family, I think I could die a happy woman! Thanks for the inspiration! :)