Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Get Out of Auto Mode

Week 3 was a study of aperture. And honestly, I still don't really get it. Here's some photos of what I was doing:

Fish bowl at f/10. Larger number = smaller aperture = less light. And that has something to do with how much of the photo is blurry? I think. Anyway, fish one in focus, screen (closest thing to camera) in focus, fish 2 and the rock fairly blurred. The screening is so the cat won't drink from the fish bowl!

Fish bowl at f/5.6.  Wider aperture equals more light.  Fish is in focus, but everything else is blurred.  And truthfully, I don't even care about the fish! I'm loving the reflection of the sunroom and me in the bowl.
Kira at f/25 aperture. It is all blurred. The camera allowed a much longer shutter opening to make up for the low light situation and no, I did not have a tripod.
Kira at f/5.6. She's in focus. And begging for attention. So what did I learn? I'm not really sure. I'm finding this all terribly confusing and I know I will need a lot more practice for it to make sense and for me to know when/how to use the various settings. And honestly, I don't know if I have the patience for it. (Sorry Krystal!). But I still have more lessons from this class and another one, so maybe I'll catch on yet. Stay tuned.


Christi said...

It took me 3 classes to finally get it. I still have to read my materials but I'm slowly starting to understand a bit more.

I think your one at f/25 is blurry because your shutter tried to stay open longer and it was camera shake because you didn't have a tripod. It happens to me all the time.

Your cat is so cute and furry.

Anonymous said...

Try going outside and taking some photos of flowers with the different apertures. I found that was one of the best ways to learn what changing the aperture could do, and you don't have to worry about the low light situation which will cause the blurry photo since the shutter is open so long. I'm shooting in manual almost all the time now, but I used aperture priority for nearly two years and found it really successful once I got it. (It does take a while.) Don't give up!

Kelly Miller said...

I am clueless, but really impressed that you are working so diligently to teach yourself these things. Keep at it -- you'll get it soon!

Sian said...

The one thing I've learned from any camera classes and tutorials in the past is that it takes way, way, way more practice than you'd expect before any of it starts to make any sense! I'm not sure I have the patience either, so I know what you mean.

Carrie said...

I agree it takes some time! And Congrats on being featured at BPS!

Unknown said...

Oh, I hope I can get it now that I have my new camera. I know it's going to take a lot of time for me to "get it" though, so I feel your pain. Hang in... I know you'll understand the more you do and practice and see... at least I have faith that you will, because I want to have faith that I will. :)