Challenge Yourself #1 New Linky

Welcome to my new linky.  I always have lots of projects in mind and the desire to learn new skills.  From the mundane – be more organised at my housework, to the more exciting desire to learn new skills, such as photography.  I have so many ideas floating around and don’t seem to focus enough to get anything done.  So, I am breaking things into monthly challenges and blogging about them, so I am accountable.  I hope you will join me.  The challenges don’t have to be huge tasks, it might be to have a date night with hubby or to stop shouting at the kids.  Even small things can provide a big sense of achievement.

My January aim was to learn a little more about photography and to use my ‘big’ camera more.  I take a lot of photo’s, but am very dependent on my phone.  No sooner than I set myself this challenge, my camera died and I was given the unfortunate news that it was terminal.  Cue lot of stress and Mr Hubby riding in like a Knight on a charger to replace it for me.  So I was a little delayed in starting my challenge this month.

Anyway I read my manual, looked on a few websites, have linked to a few bloggers photography linkys and taken my new camera for a whirl.  One of the first shots I took was this one.

baby 4However, I have no idea what the settings were, I was just changing them and snapping.  So I thought I would read a little more and try to understand what was happening.  Here are my top points (if you’re not interest in photography or already know it, sorry, but writing it down commits it to my memory), here goes;

APERTURE: How much light is let into the camera.  Lower aperture=more light.  Higher Aperture=less light.  It is the {f} number on your camera.  To shoot something close (ie food) f1.8-3.2, children playing f5.6-8 or a landscape f8-11.

SHUTTER SPEED:  The amount of time the shutter is open (therefore linked to the amount of light let in).  Higher shutter speed means the shutter opens and closes quicker.  i.e photographing a still child SS 1/60-1/100. Photographing a moving child 1/250-1/1000.  If you want a blur (would look great on a bike riding picture then lower SS to 1/4-8)

ISO: This is the camera’s sensitivity to light.  How it helps you balance nature.  So if you have lots of light you need a low ISO 100-200.  If the light is fading or limited set the ISO at 400-800 and if you are in dark conditions and can’t use a flash or want that dark effect put the ISO at 1000+ (but the higher the ISO the more chance of getting a grainy picture).

PHOTO'S PICSo as you can see, I still need to put a lot of work in, but there was a definite satisfaction to taking the camera off auto and I am excited about learning more.

As I started a little late with my challenge and as photography is not something you can understand in a month, I will be revisiting this challenge.  I will keep linking with Living Arrows project , The 52 Project , and the new series by The Reading Residence aimed at improving our photography and sharing our results.

Onto February’s challenge!  My challenge for February is to learn to knit!  I would like to knit a scarf by the next time I check in with you all.  I am ready.

KnittingThis linky will stay open until midnight on 31st January and I will open February’s linky on 22nd February, which again will give you all a week to link up and share your challenges and results.

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7 thoughts on “Challenge Yourself #1 New Linky

  1. Oh, wow, you’re really getting it! Those photos are very cute. Thanks for linking up & learning with me, too. I attempted to start knitting last summer, but never actually got round to creating anything. Maybe I’ll try a scarf again…

  2. Sounds like you’re really grappling with the complexities of photography – looking forward to seeing more of your photos.. I love the one in your banner second in from the left (with the eskimo kiss) by the way, although I’m assuming you’re in it so weren’t at the business-end of the camera! Good luck with the knitting – knitting is one of my favourite things to do so if you get stuck, give me a shout 🙂

  3. Thanks Johanna! It was meant to me a normal kiss, but Baby really went for it and I kind of got slobbered on! 🙂 May well do that as I don’t know how to cast on yet! 🙂 x

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