Getting things into Perspective

Creative thinkingAs I have previously blogged about I am trying to improve my photography.  Trying to use my big camera more and improve my images in general.

Jocelyn over at The Reading Residence has started a series on just that – improving our photography.  This weeks lesson was on perspective, so I have been taking some pictures from different angles, getting high up and low down.  Here are my attempts;

Baby PictureBaby with her Sheepy

Baby Picture‘Mummy, What are you doing?’

Baby picture ‘I love my Sheepy’

Baby picture‘I am quite attached to the green triangle’

Baby pictureNow what are you doing?’

Baby picture

Do you think she has enough toys?

Baby pictureSo I hope you like my pictures,  I really enjoyed being more creative.  Next weeks lesson over at The Reading Residence is light, so I am looking forward to that one.

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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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