Lessons in Photography
Every since I got my Canon Rebel XS a month ago, I have been taking pictures of everything I see. Trying to get a feel for the camera, it’s buttons and knobs; and also for photo composition. Trying to figure out what I like, what works, what doesn’t and what my camera, combined with my artistic eye, can do. I have been looking for other photoblogs to follow and learn from and practicing, practicing, practicing.
Last night I was playing with the manual settings, with f stop and iso, trying to master Bokeh; after a lesson from Heather Spohr. A few attempts in I finally got it. Huzzah! Now I am trying to learn how to choose what is blurred and what is in focus, like she did with the baby pictures in that post, foot in focus vrs. face in focus.
Now I have to get practicing on people. There is so much I am eager to learn. I am loving every minute of the experimentation. On Saturday Dave surprised me with an awesome Sherpa Tripod. He picked it up, brand new in the box, at a yard sale for $15.00. It still had the $99.00 price tag on it, super score!! Now I want to practice taking shots with longer exposure time. I want to capture pictures of the things that make me stop and admire the beauty in the natural world; like dew drops on leaves and spiderwebs. Like tiny baby sprouts about to become branches. Like a blue sky with fluffy white cotton ball clouds. I think that is what I love most about photography; the ability to capture and share the beauty in the mundane we might otherwise just walk right past and disreguard. I can bring the same joy to others that I feel witnessing such majestic beauty as the world has to offer.
I signed up for a digital SLR Photography class offered by Halifax Recreation. We start in October for 8 weeks. Can’t wait to learn even more.