Hartmann Photography: Blog https://joshhartmannphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Hartmann Photography (Hartmann Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:39:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:39:00 GMT https://joshhartmannphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u100806502-o995463271-50.jpg Hartmann Photography: Blog https://joshhartmannphotography.com/blog 120 80 Three Simple Steps to Improve your Photography https://joshhartmannphotography.com/blog/2019/11/three-simple-steps-to-improve-your-photography I would like to share a little bit of my photography knowledge with you. Just like the title says I want to share with you three things to help improve your photography skills. By no means am I stating that these are the golden rules of portraiture. These are things that I have picked up over the years and by watching hours of youtube but they are a game-changer if used correctly 

The first tip that I would like to go over is Composing your image. What I mean by this is it is very easy to just bring up your camera point and snap the photo. What really makes a difference and people will start to notice is taking an extra five seconds to look at your screen or through the viewfinder and take a look at what else might be in your image that could be considered a distraction. I still am making this mistake and will show you my photos of what I did wrong and how to correct it. In the image below, for example, I should have paid more attention to the surrounding area and moved myself or the camera to get the sign on the left out of the image. An easy way to fix something like that is to just crop the image down a little bit to remove the sign. See how it is less of a distraction with that sign out of the image. 

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The second tip that will help your images is knowing how to do basic color corrections. This tip can be corrected in your camera as you are taking the photo but for mobile phone selfie-takers, you can only correct this after the photo is taken. The Spark Notes version of color correcting is when you take a photo and you notice that it is too yellow or blue. This is due to your camera trying to guess the white balance of your surroundings. The easy way to fix this is if your image is too yellow (warm) you add more blue (cold) to it to bring back the natural color tones. Same if the image is too blue (cold), you warm up the image by adding more yellow to your image. Next time before posting your image right away to Instagram I know they have this slider in there basic editing settings to help warm or cool and image. Give it a try next time and see if it makes a difference in your photos. 

The third tip that I would like to share is getting out of your camera's automatic settings. I know that is a more broad subject but it really can help. Cell phones are a little more difficult with this tip since you can't do much as far as setting your camera up manually. Those of you who are using digital cameras or DSLR's should stop using the "P" or auto settings. I'll admit I did start out my photography career using the auto settings. As time passed I wasn't getting the images that I wanted. I did my research and realized that having my camera in the "P" (which means Programmed Automatic) was having a camera with the training wheels still on. What that mode does is you are allowing the camera to make all the decisions for you. How much light to let in by setting the Aperature, how fast to expose the sensor to your subject by setting the shutter speed. The number one thing that you should definitely be in control of is your ISO. 

If you'd like I can write another post about how to get out of your Programmed Automatic setting and how to understand the different features that go into taking a well-balanced photo.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog and if you'd like I can post a video about it to my channel as well.

 

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A little bit about me https://joshhartmannphotography.com/blog/2019/6/a-little-bit-about-me Most of you know me and to those of you who don’t, I’m Josh Hartmann the owner and wedding photographer for Hartmann Photography in Bozeman Montana and the surrounding area. It is difficult to pick a place to begin to explain and tell a little bit about me. So I’ll give a short recap to get you caught up. 

I am originally from Sandy, Utah it is an off section of the greater Salt Lake area. The reason not that many people know that's where I am from is that my family moved to Montana when I was seven years old. So it is just easier to say I am from Montana than to go into the whole story of Utah. 

I lived in Missoula, MT from 1999 through the summer of 2010. After graduating from Hellgate High I wanted to get away but not have to pay for the insane pricing of out of state tuition. So that's how I ended up at Montana State University. A chance to get away without breaking the bank.
I went to Montana State University from 2010 and graduated the spring of 2015. I met my beautiful best friend freshman year who I married shortly after we graduated in July of 2015. After graduation is when I joined the adult world by getting a job like everyone else to support myself. I got the eight to five job where I stared at a computer screen plugged away so I can make a living.


Going back to how I got back into photography. I'll admit I did try to minor in photography while I was at MSU but my second year into the program I sadly did not pass the gate to continue my minor. That's what pushed me to focus more on my business degree. But, a strange realization happened in my second year of business school. I was sitting in class one day and looked around realizing I am the only student sitting in the front row. I need to sit in the front row because I have always had trouble reading the blackboard or slides on the projector. It made me wonder how are the other kids in the class able to read what is up in the front of the classroom. I know some probably didn't care but others can look at the board and write down what they needed. That was the first time that I realized maybe I need to go get my eyes checked.

I went to an Optometrist who gave me the news after my eye exam that I am LEGALLY BLIND. I couldn't believe it. I wondered how and how long has my vision been like this. I worked with the Optometrist and it took a few years to fine-tune my prescription cause, of course, it couldn't be an easy fix in my case. What I have is called Keratoconus. it is a progressive eye disease in which the normally round cornea thins and begins to bulge into a cone-like shape. This cone shape deflects light as it enters the eye on its way to the light-sensitive retina, causing distorted vision. “10 Keratoconus Treatments Causes and Symptoms.” All About Vision, www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/keratoconus.htm.

It was a shock to realize that this disease will only be getting worse over time. But, it was nice knowing that I do have corrective prescription contact lenses that help get my eyes back to 20/20. I still remember the first time wearing my new contacts and it honestly felt like I was seeing the world for the first time. When I would take them out I couldn't believe how bad my vision had gotten. It is sadly comparable to when you open your eyes underwater and you see nothing but blurry blobs. I do legally have to wear my contacts when driving and honestly, I don't mind wearing them cause I like to be able to view the world as it was meant to be. So after having my eyes corrected, I had the idea that maybe I should get back into photography cause now I can see. 
So that is a little bit about me and how I got back into photography. I have always loved photography. I have been taking pictures for a very long time starting on my dad's old film 35mm Olympus to now my Sony a7riii.

Thank you for taking the time to read this little introduction about me. I hope you find it helpful about getting to know my background a little bit. I will try and post to my blog monthly and see how it goes from there. I will touch on different topics about photography, small business, and a few things I have learned about life.

If you have found this interesting please leave a comment below and tell me what topics you would like for me to cover or go into more detail about or you can tell me if you had a similar situation happen to you. Thank you, again and feel free to reach out to me personally anytime.

 

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Ruska's Origins https://joshhartmannphotography.com/blog/2018/7/ruskas-origins The question I get asked the most about our new puppy is, "What type of breed is your dog?" To be honest, I have no clue.

Ruska has now been with our family for four months, which now makes her our little eight-month-old puppy. She has been an incredible dog and is very smart. Even though she has been an amazing dog to train, we keep forgetting that she is still just a puppy who has the tendencies to get bored and get into trouble. Recently, she made the executive decision while we were at work one day that she didn't like our hallway carpet and would help us out by ripping it up. As smart as she is, I need to still remember that she's still a little puppy who has a lot to learn.


How Ruska came into our lives has been an interesting situation. I started looking to get a new dog that I can take Mountain biking with me during the summer. I started researching which breeds would be the best kind for mountain biking. I found out that the top five best mountain biking dogs are: Blue Heeler (Australian Cattle Dog), Brittany, Pointer (Vizsla), Siberian Husky, and Weimaraner.  Article: Five great Trail Dog Breeds

I started looking around and made the observation that shopping for specific dog breeds is not going to be cheap. I did get feedback from people telling me that I shouldn't buy from a breeder and that there are plenty of dogs out there that need adopting. So, I stopped shopping around and started to look at what the local and surrounding kennels had. I was in no hurry to get a new dog until the day I received a call from a friend who told me "I found you a puppy."

My friend had taken his family on a road trip down to Arizona. On their way down there, they made a pit stop at a small gas station near Gap, AZ that borders a reservation. When they got out of the car my friend noticed three dogs wandering the parking lot searching for food. He told his youngest daughter to grab some dog food and see if those "reservation dogs will come over." She grabbed some from their own dog food and soon enough the dogs came over. The dad then realized that one of the three dogs was a puppy. He then went inside the gas station to ask around if anyone knew whose dogs were wandering the parking lot. The clerk behind the counter told him that those dogs are just strays from the nearby reservation. When he came back outside, he told his family they are taking the puppy with them. Right after that is when I got the call about my new puppy.

Ruska spent the rest of the week with my friends family. I was getting loads of texts from my friend telling me what an amazing dog she is going to be. Even though Ruska has been a part of her new family in Montana for only a few months, she is an amazing addition and it feels like this was meant to be. I hope you enjoy the photos below of our little pup and I will probably be posting more in the future.

Thank you for taking the time to read my first blog. Stay tuned next week, I am writing about how I got back into photography.

 

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