Tuesday, February 26, 2019

I Love Photography

Hey neighbors!!

Many of you have seen some of my photos I have taken since getting my Canon 6D.  I have always enjoyed photography.  I started out of course with a simple point and shoot.  You know, the kind that is small enough to slip in a pocket of your purse and you just turn it on, point at what you want a picture of, use the little lever to zoom in or out and push the button.  It does all the focusing by itself.

Move forward a few years.  Of course I have changed cameras a few times and upgraded a bit.  Most of my cameras have been Canon, which is why I chose Canon when I moved up to a DSLR.  I did what most people do at first with a DSLR and kept it in Auto mode.  I occasionally changed to Sports or Night, but I definitely left it on Auto for most photos.

Then, I decided I needed to learn how to move to Manual mode.  You know the one where you can totally ruin the picture if you don't learn what all those odd terms mean.  Like ISO - does that mean "in search of" something?  The only thing I was in search of were good photos.  And shutter speed.  All the "shutters" in my home need moved manually.  White Balance?  Aperature? Do you shoot RAW? Raw what?

Fortunately my daughter was also interested in photography, and she was more than willing to explain some of this to me. ISO does not mean "in search of", it actually stands for International Organization of Standardization. This is the group that sets rating standards for camera sensors.  Basically it refers to the light sensitivity of your sensors.  ISO is one of the important settings when taking pictures, because it can lighten or darken your pictures.

Shutter Speed is a second part of an important triangle of three main areas you adjust when taking pictures.  Shutter speed determines how long the shutter is open allowing light in.  So when it is dark, you need to slow it down, so it stays open longer.  When it is bright outside, you speed it up some.  also shutter speed has an effect of catching movement sharp and clear, or blurring the motion.

Last section of the triangle is Aperture.  This is the size of the hole that allows light in.  Smaller aperture less light, larger aperture more light.

Now obviously, my explanations here are extremely simple and there is much more involved.  There are many sites that will give you more information and more technical details. As you become more experienced taking photos, you will start to learn the right settings for different situations.  Sometimes I still go back to auto if I am taking a lot of pictures in varying light and with different types of action going on around me.

When you get the settings wrong, sometimes you can correct the photo through editing, but that is not always the case. I try to get out and take photos a few times a week, even it is just our dogs, but I love when we can plan a trip just for photography.  We drive around back roads and search for wildlife, old buildings and landscapes that catch my eye.

I am having so much fun learning about my camera and the difference settings make in the result of your photos.  If you are interested in photography and have a page or site please share it in the comments.  I love seeing other photographer's photos.

Thanks for stopping in today!! See you soon, where neighbors share.

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