Sunday, February 28, 2010

Light, Wonderful Light

For week three of my photography workshop we were supposed to "find the light".  I am really fortunate to have some great windows and sliders in my house that let in lots of light.  Here is what I got.


Turtle B, Wile E. Coyote (cheesy smile), and Dinty Moore

What a nut Coyote is!

And my most favorite picture from the week is this one of Little Miss Coyote.  Her true personality is shinning through!

Thanks for letting me share.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Metering, Focusing and White Balance

I just submitted my lesson two assignment for my shooting in manual photography workshop.  I had such a hard time this week.  Lots of great information, but it took me a long time to figure it all out.  We learned when to use spot metering, how to read our histograms, we tried to find our camera's metering sweet spot, worked with using custom white balance, and different focusing modes.  My most favorite thing I learned though was how to use back button focusing (BBF).  I LOVE it!!  Wow, what a difference it makes.  BBF is my new BFF!  LOL  Here are a few shots of Little Miss Coyote, our very spirited and quick moving 2 year old.

This one was taken in our bay window. The light coming in is REALLY bright. I am struggling with taking pictures here. I know it might not be the most ideal spot, but I want to master it because my children love to sit there.
Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/3.5
ISO Speed: 200
Spot Metering w/ Meter at 0.
CWB w/ grey card.
Focus was C-AF and BBF

This picture was taken in her bedroom. The walls are painted Pepto pink. The window is to the camera right. The shade was down (I should have opened it) and it was mid afternoon. I think it is underexposed. I didn't want to up my ISO because I thought they were looking a bit grainy.
Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/2.2
ISO Speed: 1000
Spot Metering w/ Meter at +1/3.
CWB w/ grey card.
Focus was C-AF and BBF

And finally, my favorite picture.  This was taken in our family room. I love the light in this room. I was between her and the windows.  I actually got a lot of really good pictures here, but this one was my favorite though.
Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture: f/3.2
ISO Speed: 400
Evaluative Metering w/ Meter at +1/3.
CWB w/ grey card.
Focus was C-AF and BBF

Thanks for looking!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Rocking My Camera

I started a photography course last week called Rocking Your Camera.  I'ts all about learning to shoot in manual mode.  I am LOVING it!  I got my DSLR almost 5 years ago and have been wanting to take a class.  I finally am.  I have learned so much in the past week. 

Here are my 4 pictures I submitted today for my first assignment.  They are straight out of the camera (SOOC) with absolutely no editing.  We had to keep our shutter speed at or over 1/125 for all of these and could only use natural light.  Oh, and we also had to use a prime lens, which Sveinn was sweet enough to let me purchase so I could take this class! 

1. Outside -  ss 1/1000,   f/2.5,  ISO 100  It's a tad underexposed because my camera was using the snow to meter.  We are learning this week how to fix that.  Woo hoo!

2. Window Light - ss 1/400,  f/2.0,  ISO 100 
The light was coming in a window directly in front of her and I was between her and the window. It was bright and she had a hard time not squinting.  I should have moved her back a bit and adjusted my settings to get my exposure right.

3. Inside (low light) - ss 1/125,  f/2.2,  ISO 1250
This was in our entry and there was a little bit of light coming in through a south facing sidelight, but for the most part it was pretty dark.  May be a tad underexposed and also shows a bit of noise because of the high ISO I had to use.

4.Choice - ss 1/125, f/2.0,  ISO 800
This was taken mid afternoon and the light was coming in the window from the left.  I love this one!

I'm pretty happy with how I did considering I have never shot in manual before.  Thanks for looking.