Quick Before I forget – Fast Five Friday

Last night I marched myself down to Henry’s and took D90 101 through their School of Imaging.

Without the cryptic Canadian code – I took a camera class.

It was good.  I feel like I learned A LOT – but what I will retain? Time will tell. To help with that retaining piece here’s five fast things I learned in my camera class – warning I knew nothing, so this is pretty basic.

  1. Shutter speed stops action (yours and your subjects movement) – higher shutter speed, clearer capture of movement.
  2. Shutter speed brings in light. On a bright day with lots of sun, think red head – get out of the sun quick! Quick shutter speed = fast! Dim day, low light – think Olive complexion, they can handle staying out in the sun for longer. Long shutter speed = slow!
  3. If you’re at a party use the “Close Up” Scene selector – it will focus on one subject but will lack depth, blurring out the drunkards to the sides and focusing on the one drunkard you’re interested in.
  4. Shooting a hockey game? High ISO, and maybe think about shooting it on a 3D auto focus – it will follow a colour and blur everything else – so if Timmy is wearing red and skates behind the goal – it will keep the red in focus and blur out what’s in front.
  5. AF-S – Single Slow Static moment. – Aim Lock Move Shoot. Want to take a picture of the dog? Aim the focus on her eyes, then move the camera to set up your shot, then shoot your picture.  Magic.

And now you know as much as I do.  Something tells me I’m going to be referencing this post the most of anyone!

Do you think this qualifes me for a fancy camera bag/purse? As in an Epiphanie?

Still Taking Photos – 365 Photo Update

I know you thought I didn’t get past two weeks of taking a photo a day.  You’re incorrect – I just picked a poor day for photo day since Sunday is laundry day and that means I’m never home to go through my photos and title them on Sundays.  Then the week starts and then… it’s February.

So without further adieu I give you January’s photos.

January 16 – Felted

January 17 – Signs

January 18 – Warmth

January 19– Quality

January 20 – Puzzle (Or – Why is there corn on my windshield?)

January 21 – Extreme Close-up

January 22 – Big and Small

January 23 – Custom

January 24 – Crooked (intentional of course!)

January 25 – Resourceful

Tomorrow January 26 – February 3 + Wedding Wednesday!

365 Photo Challenge

So this was on my 101 in 1001 list.  And I tried it when we got engaged – I thought, I’ll have so many things to take pictures of this will be so easy. Lies.  Not easy.  Not easy at all.

Here is why this photo challenge is just that – challenging.

1. Some days I don’t do anything.
2. I don’t always remember to bust out my camera
3. iPhone photos while pretty good are not always all that great – especially daily.
4. Using strictly my iPhone doesn’t teach me anything about our real camera.

But it’s on the list for a reason, so I’m determined to make it work.  I found a theme list, that is a list of 365 photo themes that I can try to capture over the year.  I think what got me frustrated the first time I tried was I was looking for some way to capture the whole day in a single photo… and some days I just don’t do much that’s photo worthy in my humble opinion.  Get up, shower, make breakfast, go to work, come home, make dinner, knit, blog, talk to The Boy, read, go to sleep.  Sorry, call me boring but that’s just life some days.

This is why I like the theme idea. It takes the pressure off capturing my whole day in one photo. But of course I need to put my own spin on it so this is my plan.

See the new tab – 365 photos.  I’ve listed the themes there, and I will hyperlink them as I cross them off to my weekly photo challenge update, which will happen on Mondays.  I’m not holding myself to those themes specifically and you might find that I add a new theme if one that is there really doesn’t capture the picture I’ve taken.  Some will be on my iPhone but I’m really going to try and take as many as possible with our Nikon. What’s more – I’m hoping this forces me to take the plunge and switch the camera off automatic – prepare for some terrible pictures.

I started January 1.  And if all goes well, by December 31, 2012 I should have a decent handle on how our camera works.  I’m going to try and get the Boy to participate too – I know he won’t take one everyday, but I’ll let you know which ones are his.  I’m totally fine with the 365 being a somewhat joint effort.

So without further adieu – here is week one

January 1 – Glass

January 2 – Determination


January 3 – Anticipation

January 4 – Kitchen – (or the day I wished we had a dishwasher!)


January 5 – Purge


January 6 – Heat


January 7 – Skating


January 8 – Jealous