Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Capturing Speed

Define You Photography
Understanding your DSLR camera is important right of the bat!  There's nothing better than getting that shiny new digital camera and snapping your first picture....then wait!  IT'S BLURRY!  Unintentional blur is NOT a good thing folks.  So get down some basics first, then let's move on from that point. 
Now that you've acclimated yourself with your Lens, Aperture, Exposure, ISO, Focal Length, and lighting aspects of your surroundings capturing the world is now your destiny!

Finding an object that is moving is easy.  Taking a picture of it is a breeze.  Capturing the SPEED of this object and allowing your viewers to FEEL the wind in their hair....not so easy.  How do we get a picture to capture the speed we want but leave the still objects in our frame well enough alone? 

It's all about the shutter speed.  Experiment and test your waters....after all, this is your world.  You get to define it.  Shutter speed •The length of time during which the camera shutter remains open during exposure.  These speeds are expressed in seconds or fractions of a second. IE: 2, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, 1/4000, 1/8000. Each speed increment halves the amount of light.  I've always said it's backwards to me personally....1/8000 is faster than 2?  Unfortunately it's true. (As if things weren't confusing enough, right?)  When you adjust your shutter speed slower it's likely you'll need to increase your ISO.  Remember that ISO means more light entering meaning more noise.  Noise equals "grain" looking photos.   If that's the look your aiming for this is great news to you!  If you want more crisp, clean photos you'll want to adjust accordingly.  

Let's recap in Jillian's terms and just Define It. 

1.  Taking different styles of pictures is FUN!
2.  Learning how to actually use the digital camera can not be FUN! 
3.  Discovering you can actually take kick butt photos if you apply what you've learned....priceless. 

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