Week 1 of Photography 101 has been scintillating! Reading constructive feedback on photos taken by fellow course mates got me wildly excited. I knew I would improve!
It also changed how I look at my creations. In fact, I announced to hubby Hitoshi that we had to return to Japan immediately to retake pictures going back to 2006.
After sleeping on my panic that our extensive Japan collection wasn’t up to my new standards, my focus (ha ha) shifted to getting better. After all, the only direction I can go is up!
Goals for Photography 101
Before the course started, my loosely defined goals were:
- learn to use our dSLR camera’s manual settings instead of treating the camera like an expensive point and shoot
- trick the camera into taking macro photos as opposed to half blurry half sharp disappointment
- learn about etiquette or opinions on fiddling with contrast – I wanted to know if I was the only one playing.
Manual and me – no longer versus
After asking a question about unbalanced food photography on The Commons, two bloggers gave me the nudge I needed to get goal 1 started.
I am immensely proud of each photo I have taken. Every one is manual including the lens. While aperture and ISO are staring to make sense, I don’t get shutter speed so the camera’s exposure indicator is my helper.
Going out for the last five days to take photos has greatly increased my confidence using the manual setting. Even though 95% of the over 200 photos are blurry, ho-hum in composition or blue (?), each attempt is a record of development.
I’ve also discovered taking photos is relaxing and it’s something Hitoshi and I are doing t♥gether.
More goals and new questions from Week 1
- continue to experiment with composition and ask questions – can empty space be a subject?
- keep experimenting with aperture, ISO and shutter speed – These tips sheets on exposure and an overview of manual photography have been helpful.
- figure out how to focus – I wear glasses. A picture looks good through the viewfinder but a hair out of focus on the laptop. Taking off my glasses and cranking up the diopter haven’t worked. Hopefully, calibrating will!
Theme Photos for Week 1
The themes for this week were Home, Street, Water, Bliss and Solitude. While a photo from our Japan collection represented Home, the others are fresh.
With composition, I struggled with defining a subject, especially in the “establishing shots” that we were to work on. I look forward to feedback and continuing to raise my bar.
Do you have suggestions for focus if you wear glasses? Can a subject be empty space? Do you have composition tips? Can you help me with understanding shutter speed? If you are also in Photography 101, how do you feel after one week?