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Lesson One//Light and Focus

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Today I completed my first lesson which was looking at light and focus. How playing around with Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO can affect how quickly your camera takes the picture and how much in focus the image is and how light or dark.

So, in order to do my first assignment I had to have access to running water (used my hot tub and later a fountain at the park), plus locations in various levels of light and shade. Then using a tripod take shots in TV mode going up and down the settings to see how the various settings affected how the water looked in the image.

Then, once those images had been completed, I packed up my camera, crutches and slipped on my delightful compression stockings to visit the park and play around with the various settings  AV, TV and P modes and take images switching between the various settings on each mode, as per my assignments directive.

Note to self: when out and about taking photographs take your glasses to review images on the camera screen afterwards, then tweak image settings until get the perfect shot!

Unfortunately as mentioned above, I forgot to take my glasses and so had no idea what the images looked like after I had pressed the button! Had I been wearing them I would have seen many potentially great shots were horribly blurred and out of focus due to the settings not being right.

SO, although I had to learn the hard way I think now I fully understand the different settings and how they work when looking at a subject in different light conditions and distances from myself and the background/foreground.

It is because of my vision error that I don’t have many comparable images to share with you, so instead I will share the ones I have passed as “okay”. Looking at them there isn’t one image in all of them that I think is a “good” image, but that I guess, is very much part of the learning curve.

For the rest of this week  I will be pottering about the house (as Mondays park venture broke me) taking images of everyday mundane objects, using the tripod and working up and down through the settings. Hopefully by doing this the different settings relevant for different occasions will sit in my memory banks ready for retrieval when I am out and about without access to my notes.

Also, I am keeping in mind that photography, like art, has no right or wrong (with exception of course of horribly out of focus images) and that every person viewing the images will have differing opinions, critiques and thoughts on what it conveys to them.

So here are some samples of yesterdays trial and error images, first off the running water assignments, seeing how the different settings on the TV mode can make the water look frozen or blurred.

The remaining images were taken in the different modes AV, TV & P. As I said previously I’m not particularly fond of any of the images but then that’s the whole point of the exercise, to learn.

I struggle cognitively so will need to practice throughout the week in each of these modes to try and retain the information for future excursions. Hopefully it will lodge itself somewhere within my memory banks so that if out and about I can quickly set the camera up and take the shot without missing opportunities for a good photograph. Frustratingly I missed a flock of geese flying in front of me onto the lake because of just that issue!

So that’s it, nothing particularly fantastic but some not too bad images although if had a school report have a feeling it would say “Could do better”.

I am going to tootle off now, pick up my camera, make sure I am wearing my glasses and practice this weeks lessons playing with the settings in AV, TV and P mode.

Next week it’s “How to shoot in manual”, which will be interesting as it’s something up until now I have avoided!

I think now is a good time to retreat, and bid you farewell ~ wishing you a great week ahead and I will catch up with you next week.




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