Sunday, June 7, 2009

Photography is fun!

As some of you may know, I'm finally learning how to use my digital SLR camera by taking a Photography 101 class with a tater and a monkey. And yes, where three or more of us are gathered, we're inevitably shushed. In fact, I've even been shushed twice - once as part of our little group and once on my own for trying to explain something to one of our classmates that is not the brightest bulb in the bunch.

Aside from the shushing, I'm actually learning a lot! I'm starting to feel confident shooting in manual mode and I now know what most of the buttons on the camera do, even if I don't always know when it's best to use them. While we're not graded, we are given assignments to complete each week to actually try the concepts and techniques presented in class. Assignment 1 wasn't much to look at and my ankle issues didn't leave me with any time to complete assignment 3, but I got some good shots for assignment 2. Wanna see?

Random shots around the house and on my drive home from work:



Playing with white balance:


Playing with F stops:
F5.6 1/200F20 1/25 F5.6 1/160F20 1/25


For this week's assignment, I even took a little field trip, but will post those pics later this week after I sort through everything. I still have a lot to learn, but I'm definitely much better than I was just a few weeks ago.

11 comments:

  1. I am obsessed with the bougainvillea! Still!

    I haven't done this week's homework yet. Prepare for more photos of Staples Center. :/

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  2. your bougainvillea wins, hands down.

    like the monkey, i still haven't decided where to go for my homework, either.

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  3. The three of you crack me up. Between the 3-day walk and this photography class I feel there is no corner of your neighborhood that will be left unturned!

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  4. I love that you have been shushed twice.

    super impressed with the photos!

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  5. Hee, you got shushed in class! I dig the photos!

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  6. Photography is so much fun! I took a couple classes in college. I agree...there is a lot to learn. Your photos of the flowers are gorgeous. Nice contrast!

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  7. Hmmmmm. I do not know of this white balance thing you speak of.

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  8. I have no idea what all these photography terms are. Therefore, I am impressed. :)

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  9. i desperately need to be schooled in photography.

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  10. Dammit I really need to get off auto setting. Sounds like you are learning so much and to take a class with buddies makes it even better. I'm jealous! I hope an OC equivalent is offered sometime this year too.

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  11. i've always wanted to take a photography class someday. so happy my someday is your today ;)

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