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Monday, May 30, 2011

Photography 101-Week 1

Basic photography lessons are exactly what I have been in search for. I have had a Canon Rebel XTi for a little over 3 years now and I have never really ventured outside of the AUTO function. Auto focus-on, Auto speed-on, you name a photography term and it is has been on Auto. My intentions for learning how to use my camera were good, in fact, a few months back, more like 5 or so, I bought a Groupon for a basic learn-how-to-use-your-camera-class through a local photographer but I have yet to cash in on it.

Lazy, Maybe. Busy, More like it!

Then today, on Facebook, (FB is great for so many reasons) a page in which I have "liked" posted a link to her blog, found here about a 12 week crash course to better pictures. I have decided to take her up on the challenge and for the next 12 weeks I will be learning how to take better pictures with my camera. The best part, it is in Kayla-can-understand-words!!

Lesson One-Apeture or the f/stop-which can be used interchangeably-and how the f/stop allows light through your lens. My take away, the LOWER the f/stop (more light coming through) the LESS focus in your picture; the HIGHER the f/stop (less light coming through) the MORE focus in your picture.

This week's challenge, take your camera off of Auto or the "green box" and move it to AV for the entire week. Check, Done, Completed. I took the camera outside to try it out and what do you know, it makes a lot of sense-see for yourself!

 Flowers in focus, background not. 

 Flower in focus and background is partly focused.

Flowers and background in focus.

Stay tuned for Week 2 and the link to the tip!

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