Though Hazel has been there many times (she surprised me by remembering that last year at Heidi's "birthday"/baptism, we had cupcakes. she was temporarily disappointed to discover that cupcakes aren't always served in the Amphitheater), yesterday was the first time she was old enough to partake in some "camp" activities. She's a happy girl, so I've seen her giddy with glee many times. But yesterday, she positively GLOWED!
|1/160s, f/5.3, ISO 400|
Hazel and Susie. Another "LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT" brought to you by Camp Lutherlyn!
As for me, I dug in to the 2nd chapter of Katie Evans Photography e-book... EXPOSURE. This entailed me spending a lot of quality time with the camera's owners manual. Oi Vey! I found buttons I'd never even noticed! The more I read, the more questions I have. These cameras are so fancy that every lesson refers to other lessons and I embark down an endless road of fiddling with settings. I hope/pray/am confident that by the end of the month, I'll have mastered some of these elements and understand some of these settings.
Yesterday my goal was to experiment with APERATURE. Katie has a great crash course on aperature on her blog.
However, *CONFESSION*, the above picture was taken on "Auto". I just couldn't risk missing this moment! For most of the day, as I snapped away, I would randomly spin the aperature adjustment dial: Take one pic, spin dial, take another pic, spin dial, take another pic. Each time, I panicked and all understanding of aperature went out the window. So, I figured I'd take multiple pics of the same things and hope one of them was SPOT ON.
Now, aperature is more about the focus. However, when shooting on "A", as YOU adjust the aperature, the camera adjusts the other settings. So most of my experiments ended up being way too bright! Here's a peek at two consecutive shots and the difference in the exposure:
|let's all pretend we don't notice that my daughter is a bully.|
The sad thing is, THOSE are my best examples. It was a day of pitiful shots (and changing wrong settings when I thought I was changing aperature) :)
The SMALLER aperature (f/10... it confuses me to no end that HIGH NUMBER = SMALL APERATURE) photo is over exposed, the movement is blurred and the grass in the top of the frame is in focus. The LARGE aperature (f/4.8) was more appropriate for the situation as the girls are in focus and the background begins to blur.
Here's hoping for hitting the learning curve this week...
Feel free to enter my ebook giveaway and join me on mastering your DSLR!
Note to Lutherlyn: you didn't really think closed fences would keep Koskers out of the lake, did you?