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31 Days to a Better Photo: Days 8-9

Guesswhat, guess what, guesswhat!!?? I am getting this! I really am. I went for a walk along the trail in my neighbor’s back yard, shot 144 photos. And I nailed DOF!!! Check out my Flickr Stream Photography Experiments to see some opf the one’s that I uploaded.

But for a DOF example, how is this?

And this one:

I used only manual Mode for all of the photos. I was able to set the aperture based on whether I was looking for full view/landscape style, or one with more DOF. I payed close attention to the shutter speeds. I even played around with some of the wind chimes and a slower shutter speed to get some movement in them as they were blowing in the breeze.

I have to say that 31 Day Series has been so helpful. I am even re-reading the book Darcy recommends, Bryan Peterson’s book Understanding Exposure.  I had gotten this a long time ago, and until now, it never really stuck in my head.Thanks Darcy!




31 Days: Tackling Depth of Field Day 7

This is seriously the first time in my life I feel like I am getting Depth of Field.  Darcy’s diagrams made it so much easier to see more of how the camera sees and focuses. Its like a light bulb went off….

I don’t want to post her images on my own blog, but I am going to link you up to them on hers. Hopefully for anyone who is “aperture-challenged” like me, or rather how I was, will find the diagrams so helpful. Check them out here.

Aren’t they great? And don’t you love your ponytail? 😀  Darcy makes it seem so simple, and so obvious. How could I have had so much trouble wrapping my head around this? I know! It was because I hadn’t seen her blog before. Duh.

I took two series of photos using her specifications on using Aperture-Priority Mode. I am not going to post them here, because do you really want to see pictures of a bottle of hand lotion on my desk? Yeah, I didn’t think.  As I was shooting, little pieces of the photography puzzle were falling into place. I could see the numbers in the viewfinder moving. I could see when decreased the aperture, I could see (and feel!) the shutter times getting longer. One of the last shots I took was at f/20 and the shutter speed was 1.6 seconds. Camera shake on that one, for sure.

After I imported  the photos into Photo Manager, I scrolled through them, paying attention to the f/stop value and the amount of blur surrounding that incredibly stunning bottle of hand lotion. Because the room I was in is small, I don’t think that I had enough distance between me, the hand lotion and the wall behind it. But if I looked carefully I could see that the chimes hanging in the window were quite blurred in the beginning and were quite focused as the shots progressed.

The weather is starting to get nicer, so maybe soon I can get some better DOF shots outside.

31 Days to a Better Photo: Day 5 and 6

I am getting this! I really am. Darcy over at http://my3boybarians.com/ is amazing at explaining all of these technical terms.   I don’t have anything really that makes a good subject in the house to show off my new depth of field skills, unfortunately. I tried to take some of my plants in my office, but there is not that much actual depth in this small room. I took 5 shots, ranging from f/4 to f/22.  Even though it was difficult to see much difference, I *know* that I was looking for, and where under better  circumstances and more room, I would have seen some bokeh happening.

One of the best ways that Darcy could have explained dept of field was to say that you have to “think in planes “  I always thought of DOF as being “behind” the in-focus subject, totally ignoring the planed in front. As I was taking this batch of photos, I was almost able to visualize  the different  planes that would be in front of and behind the plant I had picked as the focal point.

I never thought I would say learning about aperture could be exciting, but knowing that I am finally understanding how it works, is pretty darn amazing to me.