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Monday, November 2, 2015

Library Tutorial

I packed a notebook, a magazine, a novel and an I-Pad and went to the library Friday afternoon.  I love our library.  It used to be an elementary school, and has soothing green walls and huge Palladian windows to let in tons of natural light.  Every once in a while I treat myself and camp out there for hours.  This time I snagged a table in a sunny spot and decided to write in my notebook about whatever popped in my head until I’d completed three pages.
By page two, I found myself writing about photography.  Earlier in the day, I’d taken my camera off its trusty auto setting, and tried a few of shots of Meeting Pond before running into work.  A few came out okay, a couple came out too dark, but in that three minute burst I learned a little more about my camera.  

 As I’ve said before, I’m not schooled in the technology behind taking pictures, and there, in the library, I decided it was time to learn more.  Out came the I-pad, and I turned to a photography site I discovered last week, and gave myself a lesson in apertures, depth of field and film speed.  I wrote everything down I learned, (bringing me to three pages) and then, since I had my camera in the car, I went out to test what I absorbed. 

My favorite cemetery/photography spot is only a few streets away which is where I discovered that while  my research tutored me in basic principles and settings behind taking a good picture, I have a long way to go to understand the exact buttons to push to make my particular camera perform.  Time to get out the owner’s manual, but I liked this shot.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Those are both good!
Every camera is different, so it's like you have to study two different things to learn to take photos.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

The Retired Man got a new camera as a gift from his company. The pictures he takes make me jealous, for all I have is an inexpensive, old, no name brand. Nevertheless, no matter what one uses, getting a good shot is still a joy.

Your pictures are lovely. The more you learn, the more fun you will have.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I don't know much about photography, but I do enjoy the photos you put on the blog. :)

J.B. Chicoine said...

You live in such a picturesque place! Back when I had a 'real' camera, I researched all that stuff on apertures, depth of field and film speed. It did help, but I sure wish I could remember half of it!

Bish Denham said...

Good for you for starting to learn about your camera! I'm pretty much on auto all the time! Lovely photos, as always.

Joanne said...

very clear and nice perspective. I'd say you learned a lot and have a natural sense. Also - gotta love time in a library. It's inspirational

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

What a productive day you had. Cameras have gotten easier and more complicated all at the same time. Your photos are always great.

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Robin said...

I've said it before, but will repeat it... I think you take beautiful pictures!

Pixel Peeper said...

I like your picture - you have applied your new knowledge really well!

The "auto" setting is so easy, but it's a lot of fun to experiment with your own settings. I'm always looking for tutorials and ideas, so I'm off to check out the site you recommended. Thanks!