Thursday, May 7, 2009


I've started a camera class, to help acquaint me with the camera I bought last year and the techniques I need to use it properly. While I don't have official homework, I am supposed to be taking pictures while experimenting with different settings. I'm still sorting through the concepts of shutter speed and aperture and how they relate to lighting, motion, and subject when I'm taking pictures. We also covered ISO- which I sort of understood already- and metering, which flew so far over my head that I'm proud to be able to recall the word "metering".

For the next few weeks I'll probably be posting some of the pictures I take. These poppies are from my back "garden" this morning. I don't know how I did as far as technicalities, but I love the blurred poppy in the background and the contrasting colors.

There are many cool old churches around here, one in particular that I'd like to visit with my camera. They all have amazing, crumbly old cemeteries. I'll make a point of going there soon and snapping some pics.


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  1. Poppies are so pretty! I saw some wild on the side of the road driving back to AL today...Looking forward to more pics with your new camera!

  2. How do you get it to blur like that? Is it in the way you put your settings on the camera?


  3. Kayren, Don't over-estimate my skill and knowledge and think that I can actually explain a concept I don't actually fully grasp! In practical terms, the lower the ISO, the better quality picture. But you need really good light for a low ISO. So in a badly lit setting you might need a higher ISO for a clearer picture, but it might be "grainy". Clear as mud?

    Heather, I've just learned that to focus on a particular thing and blur background, there are things you can do with the settings on the camera. But I've always done it without knowing that. You just focus on something closer and not the background. On a point-and-shoot you might need to use the macro setting?! Maybe not though. I'm sure I've always done it with my Sony and the Nikon before that. You can practice simply by placing a Pepsi can on your dining table and another six inches behind it and a few inches left or right. Focus up close on the closer can, while keeping the other can in view.

    More mud?