This week was all about aperture, which regulates the amount of light allowed to come in through the eye of the camera. After this week, I realized that aperture does way more than I thought it did and has a big impact on every aspect of my manual settings. I usually just play with it as a way to blur my background.
I had to submit two photos, SOOC (not edited), with a very low and very high aperture. I won't go into why that is important, but maybe you'll be able to see the differences in these two photos:
They both were well-received, which makes me happy. Faith even said she was "impressed!" I tried to stay in about the same spot for each photo. What I learned, and what surprised me, was how much changing the aperture (from f/2.8 to f/9) affected my ISO. Usually, when I work in manual settings, I change my ISO first. Now I'm starting to think I should change my aperture first, and then work from there. I learned a lot from that little pink doll!
Then I had to do the same thing, outside. I had the perfect subject, or so I thought. The rain had just stopped spitting long enough for me to run outside in the indirect light to get a shot of my brand new magnolia blossom, with delicate raindrops clinging to its petals. Well, midday + white flower = not a lot of definition, and I had a hard time using the lower f-stop because I just couldn't compensate for the glare. But here's what I got anyway.
Faith called the second, more detailed magnolia "dramatic." I like that. And a lot of people were happy with the blurrier shot, since it did eventually focus on the underside of the petals, which is a neat capture, I suppose. I spoke with my photography mentor, Jaime, and she helped ease my frustration by explaining to me that if it had been a colored flower, there would have been more contrast and the camera would have had an easier time focusing. Sadly, we only have a white magnolia tree. Next time I do something like this, I'll go for the daffodils.
Lastly, we had to contemplate a shot beforehand and try to visualize what we would like it to be before just jumping in and shooting like crazy. I wanted to capture my two kids in a "passive" shot, enjoying each other's company, and I didn't want either of them to be out of focus. That is still a bit more difficult for me--trying to figure out what f-stop to use in order to keep both kids sharply in the photo but not have the background be completely stark. I would have liked a lower perspective, which I tried, but the overcast sky was just too bright above them and it was distracting.
No feedback yet on this one, but I like it either way. I like how they're becoming buddies, and I think this photo shows this. Get used to this shot; I think we'll be eating most of our meals out here this summer!
So, that's my progress. This class is proving to be as informative and helpful as the last! I have my new tutorial sitting in my inbox--hopefully this week will be challenging, yet fun! Thank you, Mom, for signing me up for this class as my early birthday present!! Love you!