Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Double Takes With Rebecca: Exposure I

Proper Exposure can make all the difference in the quality of your photo. 
Exposure is simply how much light is allowed into the camera.
If you rely on the auto setting, your camera will evaluate the scene 
and choose settings accordingly.  
But auto is not always flawless! 
There are things that trick your camera's light meter. 
You might need to out think your camera.

There are three things that affect exposure. 
Learn these three things and they will take you into a new world!

1.  The ISO setting 
ISO is the sensor's sensitivity to light.
100 ISO is low sensitivity to light, captures less light
800 ISO is higher sensitivity to light, captures more light.

If you ever shot with film, 
this referred to the film speed,
 or the film's sensitivity to light.

2.  The Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed is how long your camera's shutter opens for a shot.
A fast shutter speed would let in less light.
A long shutter speed would let in more light.

3.  The Aperture
The aperture is how big of an opening your lens makes for the shot.
A large opening lets in more light.
A smaller opening lets in less light. 

Exposure is a mix of all these things! 
It is called the Exposure Triangle.

For now, just try to get a handle on 1., 2., and 3.
I'll take it a little further in Exposure II

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Spotlight Photos - Motion

Bagman is still sleeping on my studio floor, I'm happy to say.  But that the motion-theme dust has settled, Butler is smiling at the variety of creative approaches the Friday shooters took.

Hmm.  I just thought that most of you know my blog and understand that first paragraph.  Any new photographer would probably just think I'm crazy. 

Hmm.  Of course, that might be accurate.

Anyhow, this week I was really impressed by the different ways that we all approached the theme of motion in photography.  I am deeply appreciative for Rebecca's suggestions when posting the theme.  She often gives us stuff to think about.

We had a bit of a train theme going -- trains are, of course, great subjects for motion.

BUTLER: "Unless they are standing still."

Dawn Treader's train was blurred just enough to indicate it's speed

Jama's train was flying!!  Yee ha!

Some of us took a different creative approach to show motion.

Suzy showed motion through sequence
(reminiscent of Eadweard Muybridge, that famous photographer
whose parents gave him a first name they couldn't spell correctly)

Ann found a statue that seemed to defy gravity to indicate motion

Lena let the wind do the work with great results.

And Ranu used a slow shutter and adjusted color to create this magnificent shot.

Okay!  And that's my allotted six.  But I am going to break my own rules (which I do all the time) and add one "Extra Credit" shot to welcome back Heather who has posted after a bit of an absence to show her boys playing basketball:

Next week's Theme is "Paths, Steps, and Walkways."   I'm looking forward to seeing what we do with this one. 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Friday My Town Shoot Out for 2/23: Motion

Motion...this may have been a tough one. 
How did you do with the topic of motion? 
We were going to try panning to capture motion, 
but any motion will do.  

I'm cheating already...
since my panning photos were in the tutorial.
Here is the motion of cars at rush hour in Philadelphia, PA. 
This was done with a tripod and slow shutter speed, no panning. :( 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Spotlight Photos - Hearts

Whew!  What an unexpected explosion of creative approaches to the HEARTS and PLACES CLOSE TO MY HEART theme.   With fifteen posts, all of them excellent, choosing 6 spotlights was simply impossible.  After awhile I began to think about either flipping a coin (but I would need a fifteen-sided coin which I don't have) or breaking my own rule of limiting it to 6 and posting something from everyone.  

I'm just glad I'm not one of the judges on American Idol.  

Hearts were everywhere!!!

A heart that bites from Ann Chin

A heart that gets bitten from Jama

A heart with heartfelt memories attached from Pauline

Heartfelt memories in the making from Ranu

Creatively created heart from Kim

Preceptively discovered heart from E.G. Wow 

And if you haven't checked out all the sites, this was a good week to do it!  It seems that every week I get surprised by the amount of talent that come together on Friday!

And next week the challenge is Mo>>>>>>>>>>>>tion.  Rebecca has a great discussion of it back in November:  Double Takes with Rebecca: Panning

BAGMAN:  "Whoooeeee!  Blurry can be good!!"

BUTLER: "But not always."

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Friday My Town Shoot Out for 2/17: Hearts, Love

Did you have a Happy Day?
I hope so.

Hopefully you can share some of the love here!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Spotlight Photos - Scavenger Hunt

I love this job.   Except for my self-imposed limit of 6 pictures per spotlight which makes it impossible to spotlight everyone, I get to see everyone's work every weekend.  Oh, I used to see most of it anyway, but accountability is a wonderful thing.

BAGMAN:  Shut up and post Suzi's statue!

Suzy's statue has all the elements

BAGMAN:  Yeah, yeah -- wood, metal, stone -- but just look at Kupe's wife!  She's got the most wonderful mmffsffff  (Butler's hand comes down hard on Bagman's mouth).

BUTLER (angrily):  I felt good that some of the readers wanted us back in the blog,  So don't you go and spoil it for us!

As usual, I try and ignore the dynamic duo and continue posting this week's spotlights.

Rebecca's all-elements-in-one bridge

Rebecca's shot could also qualify for "shadows" or "reflections" themes.  Butler likes the lines a lot.

Jama's Tracks

I was amazed at how many photographers captured all of the elements of Queenmother Mamow's challenge in one picture. 

E.G.Wow's snowcovered woodpile

There were a couple of snow-covered woodpiles.  I almost expected to see Butler taking Bagman out behind the woodpile.

BUTLER:  "I need to correct you, Mark.  The old phrase about discipline is "out behind the woodshed."

Kim's Rock Quarry

Kim had some nice snow-covered logs too but I picked the quarry one for variety.

And then there was one of my all-time favorites.

Ginger's Biggest Stone

Bagman (mouth dropping open): "Wow."
Butler (mouth dropping open - but only a little in a polite sort of way): "Wow."

Yep.  That is one big stone...or rock.  And a testiment to being at the right place at the right time. 

Anyhow, next week's theme is "Hearts."   Happy Valentine's Day to all of you!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Friday My Town Shoot Out for 2/10: Scavenger Hunt

Did you find our three Scavenger Hunt items for the week?

A stack waiting to be used to make Maple Syrup in Durham, PA.

A vintage cash register at the Sugar Shack in Durham, PA

A pile of stones at the top of the Pinnacle 
by hikers along the Appalachian Trail in PA.

Link up your photos below. 
Remember to show case your town whenever you can!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Spotlight Photos - MACRO

I suspect that I missed some because of my failure to back-up Sarah with the link.  But glad to see so many people came back and linked up.   I'm going to get the spotlight post ready today but not post it until later on Tuesday so people will have a chance to play with Rebecca's great photosimulator!

But in no particular order and for no particular reason, here are the Macro Spotlights for this week:

Pauline's Spring Bud

J9's Rusty link

Ann's Spider Web

Suzy's tightly packed plants

Cheryl's Robin

Lena's Dandelion
(Please don't blow it toward my lawn)

And next week we have the pleasure, courtesy of Queen Mother Mamow, of a SCAVANGER HUNT!

Wood - metal - stone! 

BAGMAN: "Isn't that a child's game.  Metal cuts stone, stone smashes wood, wood...well, what could wood do to metal anyhow?"

BUTLER:  "You are thinking of rock, paper, scizzors."

Monday, February 6, 2012

Double Takes With Rebecca: Camera Simulator

I found this awesome camera simulation tool online 
that lets you select camera settings for an image and snap a photo to test those settings.  

Once you select the settings on the simulator 
you click the "Snap Photo" button...and....tada...
your image pops up with your settings. 
Now you can adjust the settings again, snap,
and see how the changes you made affect your photo.

This is a great tool to help you make the jump 
from the auto program mode to manual. 
(Or just understand how variables will affect your photo.)

Here is the link.  Check it out!

Here Are Some Tips 
1.  If you select Aperture Priority: as you make changes to the size of the shutter opening (Aperture) the camera selects shutter speed for you to achieve proper exposure.  The smaller the aperture number (f 2.8) the larger the opening.  This lets more light in and gives a shallower depth of field.  The larger the aperture number (f 22) the smaller opening.  This lets less light in but gives a greater depth of field.

2. If you select Shutter Priority: as you make changes to the length of time the shutter opens (shutter speed) the camera selects aperture for you to achieve proper exposure.  The faster the shutter speed 1/4000) the more the action is frozen but this also allows less light in.  The slower the shutter speed (1 sec) you'll see motion blur in this photo.

3. If you select Manual: You control everything.  Woo-hoo!  

Watch the Camera's Exposure Meter.  

Proper Exposure
For proper exposure the camera meter will look like this

Under Exposed
If the photo is under exposed 
the meter will look like this. 
The marker has moved left.

You can add light by upping the ISO, slowing the Shutter Speed, or opening the Aperture.

Over Exposed
If the photo is over exposed 
the meter will look like this. 
The marker has moved right.

You will need to either lower the ISO, speed up the shutter speed, or reduce the aperture size.

Each option will give you a different result.
That's what makes this tool so awesome.
You can see how the variables affect your photo.
Don't forget to play with distance and focal length too!

Stay tuned for Spotlight Photos!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Friday My Town Shoot Out for 2/3: Macro

This week's theme is Macro!
Show case your town up close and personal!

Sorry for the delay in getting the linky up...
a little in house mix up.

Mr Linky Unlinked

Hmmm....I probably messed up.  I think that I was suppose to put the link on this week but because I usually don't do it, it slipped my memory -- and Friday was a lost cause anyhow and I didn't even post mine until later.  So I apologize if I messed up.  

I know that I was told how to do the linking but can't find the email...

Sorry everyone.