Thursday, May 27, 2010

Get Out of Auto Mode - Week 2

I'm running a bit behind in this class - Week 3 started today and I just took my week 2 photos! Oh well, I'm trying. And technical difficulties did slow me up a bit.

Week 2 was to try "program mode" and "shutter priority".

Shutter priority was simply to compare a slow shutter speed (allows blur) to a fast shutter speed (freezes the action).  I don't have much in the way of "moving objects" to capture, so here's my ceiling fan - woo hoo!

with shutter speed set at 800, you would never know the fan was even moving when I snapped the picture!

With shutter speed set at 30, I got a good blur.  And because the shutter was open longer, the camera caught more light too.

I honestly don't have a clear idea what the purpose of program mode is - guess I need to go back and read the hand-out again. But here are my two best photos:

This is a ground cover flowe in a shady area of our shrub bed.  Had fun trying to get this at ground level.
And yes, I'll admit to being a little obsessed with my hibiscus plant. But the flowers do make for pretty photos and now I'm learning all the different settings I can use to capture them!


Unknown said...

Great shots, Cheri. I'm going to have to start signing up for some photography classes too. What you've done so far looks like fun. I can't wait to ask you when you're all done, what you think was the best "lesson". :)

quiltingfool said...

Wonderful shots. Soon you'll know all the right settings on your camera. I always found if I had to use settings and such, I missed the photo op by the time I got everything set. Enter the "point and shoot". Suits me much better, but I know you can get some amazing photos on a digital SLR. My mind just doesn't work that way. Can't wait to see what you do further along in the class.

Sian said...

I'm just loving seeing what you and Rinda are doing with this class.

And I wanted to say how cool your album looked on Ali E's blog the other day. Fabulous :)

Gina said...

Love the photos! I really would like to take that class! I need to get out of auto mode!

Amy said...

Love the moving fan, I was wondering where you were going with the fan in the first shot but it was a really good subject choice!

Amy said...

Since it is Saturday here .... Happy Birthday! Have a great day :-)

Carrie said...

Neat pictures - looks like a fun class!