Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Photography Class #4

Yesterday, the instructor took us outside to take pictures. He demonstrated how to use light and positioning to achieve the best picture. We discussed shadows and subject placement. I'm more of an animal/thing picture taker but the information was good to know. I had never really thought about the stuff he showed us.

I received good critique on my assignment pictures. Here is what I turned in.....

Aperture pictures:


I took this one with an aperture of 3.5. See how everything in the background is blurry.


This one has an aperture of 5.6. The background is getting a little more detail.


And this last one was set at 8.0, more detail. The smaller you make the aperture, the more detail you have in the background. The instructor said I should have went to a bigger number, than I had to remind him that I only have a point and shoot camera. 8.0 is as high as it goes.

And to illustrate shutter speed, I did this.....



The shutter on this one was real slow to show action. I believe around 1/20 of a second.


Then I sped the shutter up some to get this.


And finally, I speed it up to like 1/2000 of a second to stop all action. You can see I went outside. I was having a problem with lighting. When I would speed the shutter up, I would have to increase the ISO and decrease the aperture. I kept having problems with under-exposure. It was too dark. Guess I need to work on that!

Anyhoo, the assignment for next class is "texture". I have some thoughts about that already.

Oh, we also discussed the histogram last night. If you are interested in that, let me know. I will post a brief description on how to use it if you want.

11 comments:

kdwhorses said...

Great pics!

I'm learning so much! Of course you are talking over my head, but still very informative! Love the barb wire shot and spurs!

The Wife said...

glad your learning. I'm talking over MY head!

LadyFi said...

Love the shot with the spurs! Thanks for sharing.

J and J Acres said...

Wow... seeing these pictures really makes me want a new camera. I like the first picture with the blurriness of the background. I never knew what aperture was until I read your blog today!

If I do get a camera, I'm so taking a photography class!!

RanchGirl said...

Makes me want to go buy a new camera, and start learning some stuff myself!

farmnwife said...

I like the barbed wire shots. Here is one of mine.
http://kidscattle.blogspot.com/2007/12/freeze.html

Paige said...

Hey I jsut did fence shots like that--yours are better

I love the really shallwo depth of field, I use it a lot

But here is what pisses me off about you--the spur shot is brilliant. Why did I not think of that? bet i I do it now though---and will be ashamed to have stolen your idea

Vaquerogirl said...

Great shots! I'm still trying to digest your lesson. And what is a histogram?

Paige said...

Histogram is a chart-- you can look at it to see how your exposure was, via chart, rather than relying on your eye to know for real if you are over or under exposed

Train Wreck said...

Great shot of the barb wire! My husband liked it too! He said "we" you and I take similar pictures! He he Thank you! (I am taking that as a compliment!)

Robin said...

I wish I had gotten something out of my photo class. I did however get a Nikon D80 for my birthday two weeks ago. I'm taking it slow. Actually letting the book teach me something. I really wish i had a teacher!!