Conquering Your Camera
If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you’ll know I love a clean and crisp DIY photo.
I’m lucky that my fella has a lot of lovely camera gear for me to play with, but apart from shooting in the controlled environment of my studio, I’ve always been a little afraid to really work out how his camera works.
Manual mode? No way. I’ll just happily shoot in aperture mode and leave the proper photo taking stuff to the pros.
So I was very curious when my friend Sylvia invited me along for a three hour beginner class in conquering your camera. We drove over to the Mt Cootha Botanic Gardens yesterday, had a lovely lunch and then stepped into the world of ‘real’ photography.
And let me tell you folks, it has changed everything I ever feared about taking photos outside.
I’m going to do a post soon on what I learnt, but in the meantime, here’s a few of my favourite snaps and some tips I learnt from the day:
I am so happy I had someone explain aperture, shutter speed and ISO – I feel like all my confusion is now gone and I’m so keen to jump back out there and keep photographing.
For those of you just busting to learn how to take better pics, here’s a great exercise to get you started:
- Put your camera in manual mode
- Change the ISO to 800
- Fix the aperture (f-stop) at 5.6
- Now focus your camera and pay attention to the little bar that tells you what shutter speed you are at. Move it up or down until it balances in the middle.
- Take a photo and have a look – if it’s overexposed your shutter speed is to slow. If it’s underexposed, your shutter speed is too fast.
- Move your shutter speed up or down a little bit and have another go
- Keep practicing!
Just knowing this one example of how to set up the camera enabled me to take all of the photos above. Yay!
I’m going to do post soon to show you some examples, but my tip would be play around with this exercise first and see how much you learn just from having a go.
PS. All images lovingly post-produced in Radlab