Zooms, Primes and Wide Angles oh my!

Oh boy, the choices out there on the market for lenses. It’s quite overwhelming really. While I will admit that I own a few myself, I must say that I researched the heck out of them before taking the financial plunge. Continue reading Zooms, Primes and Wide Angles oh my!

Self-Portrait…can anyone say awkward?

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Portraits. Often a person’s worst nightmare. (Up there next to public speaking, in my opinion.)  The idea of sitting in front of the camera, feeling uncomfortable, with that famously awkward ‘Chandler’ smile (for those of you who’ve seen Friends, you know where I’m going with this). Ya, it can make anyone one squirm. Continue reading Self-Portrait…can anyone say awkward?

EXPOSURE TRIANGLE

Understanding the basics of the exposure triangle-

There are 3 elements involved in exposure (hence, triangle)

• Aperture (the amount of light that passes through the lens)

• Shutter Speed (the amount of time the shutter is open to allow in light)

• ISO (the film or sensors sensitivity to light.)

When you change one element of exposure, you alter the other two elements. This image will give you a basic understanding of what the 3 different sides of the exposure triangle are capable of.

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First Half of Creativity.

Let’s assume by now you’ve got a handle on exposure (if not, refer to ‘EXPOSURE TRIANGLE‘). When you shoot in ‘M’ mode, the creativity starts in the camera. Now that you have an understanding of how to properly expose for light. (bravo!) let’s look at other ways to get creative with your images. (Yippee!)

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Simple things you can do to take your image to another level are :

  • COMPOSITION
  • CROP
  • LIGHT (direction of)
  • ANGLES
  • DISTANCE BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR SUBJECT
  • APERTURE
  • SHUTTER SPEED
  • LENS CHOICE

These basics will be a one half of the equation when developing your personal style. The other half lies in your post-processing, but we’ll chat about that in a post of it’s own.

Practice, Practice, PRACTICE!!! I can’t stress this enough. Try working on the list  above and you’ll be amazed at how subtle changes will have the biggest impact!

So, I got this big, fancy camera and all… but now what??

If you’re reading this, chances are you want to learn more about your camera, which nowadays, everyone has easy access to, be it your DSLR, or point-and-shoot (although I think that cell phones are the newest form of the grab and go camera, they certainly are uber convenient!)

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It has never been easier to have information at the edge of your fingertips, with all kinds of incredible blogs, and youtube channels that will make your head whirl. Even our phones have infinite editing apps and filters for a speedy upload of our best selfie or sunset.

Now, if you have one of those fancy, big camera’s and your wanting to learn how to use it, I mean, really, really use it, then read on my friend and learn some simple steps to take your basic point-and-shoot methods into images that will evoke your inner artist!
Let’s begin!

(next: turn off auto-pilot… aka automatic mode)