In my Photography class, we have been learning about shutter speeds and apertures. You know those pictures of something really close up, and the entire background is blurry? That was done by changing the aperture. Doing shots like that takes practice because you have to also fidget with your shutter speeds and ISO so the picture doesn't come out over or underexposed. I'm not terribly perfect at it yet, but here are a few pictures that I'm pretty proud of.
|Notice how this picture is mostly focused? Depth is only shown in the diminishing lines of the toppings dispensers.|
|A quick fidgeting with the aperture and shutter speeds on your camera, and you'll get a lovely sense of depth with a small amount of the picture focused. Fun, huh?|
|Check out the GMC in the background. Kind of focused... right?|
|Fuzzy now, which brings the frogurt cup and cherry stems star to the focal point.|
|Moving water shows movement very well! This is frozen movement. You notice the water drops, the air between the parts of the water, etc. This was done with a fast shutter speed. It froze a moment in time for you.|
|Slow down the shutter speed, and the water drops become a sheet of water moving in the fountain. Be careful, though. The shutter stays open longer, and will pick up any movements you make. Use of a tripod is highly recommended.|
If you set your camera just right, you can combine the two and get an overall effect that is fun. And it just wouldn't be a good blog post without a picture of the girls!
|Frozen movement with a blurry background to show depth.|
|Your mama wears cowboy boots, and your daddy wears combat boots! Wait, that may not be an insult...|
|Maybe it was the boots, maybe it was the severe lack of sleep I've been working with, but the boots seemed to take on a personality all their own during the shoot.|
|The family, lined up and ready to go!|
|So many sappy metaphors, not enough time...|
So that's what I've been learning this session. Whatcha think?