Prepare yourself. You are about to see Nature’s most famous preacher at least seven times. You may blink and scratch your head and say, “Why is she showing us the same picture so many times? Couldn’t we just look once and nod our heads and move on to another blog? Why do we have to see this preacher seven times?”
OK, now comes the sermon. This is where you’ll get your answer.
Remember our photography buddy, Scott Thomas? He makes assignments for us over at Views Infinitum. His most recent assignment goes thus:
One of the first decisions a photographer makes before he takes a photograph is what exposure to use. There is no wrong answer as long as the photo is not over or underexposed. You can select a small aperture to keep everything in focus in the frame from front to back or shoot wide open with the large aperture for a selective focus photograph. Maybe you want to show movement by using a slow shutter speed or freeze the action with a fast one. It is all up to how you want to create the photo.
For Assignment 7, I am looking for photographs where you use a creative exposure and explain why you decided on the exposure settings used. Here’s an article I highly recommend you read: Finding the Right Creative Exposure (if you click on the link you’ll see why I do. ). It will give you some more ideas about what a creative exposure is.
Those of you with Point & Shoot type of cameras, this would be a good time to review the different Scene selections which give creative exposures like Landscape, Sports, Night, Fireworks and others.
As most of you know, I have a Point and Shoot camera. It’s a little tiny silver sweetheart called a Sony Cybershot. It has 12.1 megapixels. And it’s proven during the past 1 1/2 years that even a Point and Shoot camera can sometimes get darn interesting photos!
You don’t play around with manually moving the lens or anything that complicated. Instead, once you’ve graduated from Pointing & Shooting without paying attention (which was me until about two months ago) you click on the menu before you aim your camera.
Here are some of your options:
Program auto (with adjustable settings. Still not 100% clear about the difference between these first two options.)
ISO – High Sensitivity (Shoot without flash in low light reducing blur)
Soft snap – Fuzzy background (one of my personal faves this week–shoots subject with soft background.)
Landscape – distant focus
Twilight (low light scene using tripod. Gonna use a tripod one of these days. Honest.)
Beach – Waterside scene with rich blue color. Been using this a lot lately. Look at the previous post with swamp photos. Rich blue color, eh?
Snow – Whitish scene with high brightness. OK, been using this one all winter. It really lightens up our blue snow shadows.
Now, in some of these preaching pulpits, you might not be able to tell too much difference. That’s OK. Neither can I. You have to develop a subtle eye. Sometimes you take a photo and there is a Huge Difference. Other times it’s miniscule. Sometimes you get home at the computer and think, “What setting was this?”
Perhaps in the non-Point & Shoot cameras it’s easier to tell huge differences when Jack preaches.
The automatic setting is still my favorite. Because you never know when an eagle will fly up in the heavens or when you’re running through the woods and chasing a bear to get his photograph. You don’t want to stop and do all the manual adjustments, do you? (Ha ha, are you wondering if I’ve chased a bear through the woods to get his photo? NOT YET. But it might happen some day. Although, in truth, I’ll probably be running like crazy in the opposite direction. Or at least walking rapidly.)
Isn’t a Jack-in-the-Pulpit a fascinating plant? I love them. They look mysterious, hooded, interesting. They hide their light under a lamp, so to speak. Which reminds me of the childhood Sunday School song we used to sing:
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine!
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine,
let it shine, let it shine…
Did we all enjoy our time in church today? Did we learn something from the sermon? Are we going to go over to Scott’s blog and do a photography assignment? It’s due May 26th before midnight. Are we going to get stunning spectacular amazing shots utilizing the different techniques (unlike mine, I am sorry to say. I did not aim for stunning spectacular photos. I aimed for a sermon.) Hope you enjoyed! Come again Sunday!
Except today isn’t Sunday, is it?
How about come any day. Nature keeps every day as the sabbath, you know.