Last week I attended the Haven Conference,
the first ever DIY themed blog conference.
I arrived Friday afternoon, I wasn’t there long when I spotted Rhoda from Southern Hospitality.
My legs started twitching, and she was gracious enough to stop and chat a bit.
She is as sweet as she seems on her blog.
Friday evening was the Welcome reception and was a great way to start the conference off.
I must say the Haven Maven’s team did an outstanding job! All of their time and hard work really showed.
Chris – Just A Girl, Kate – Centsational Girl, Rhoda – Southern Hospitality, Sarah – Thrifty Decor Chick, Kristi – Creative Kristi, Marian – Miss Mustard Seed, Beth – Home Stores A to Z and Traci – From Beneath My Heart.
The class schedule was replicated on both days, I liked this, it gave you a greater chance to attend the classes I wanted.
All the classes I attended were great, but 1 stood out for me!
The photography class by Kevin and Layla @ The Lettered Cottage
Let me say I am an amateur photographer, I’ve kept my camera on “automatic” 99% of the time!
The only time I’ve taken it off automatic is when I use the node Aperture for closeup outside flower shots in my garden.
Since attending the class I have only used my camera on “Manual”.
What was so great about this class is that was explained in a simple and clear way.
I believe the down to earth presentation is why it was so good!
Let me share with you some of the things I learned.
1) If you leave your camera on “automatic” your camera is really in a “guessing” mode about what your photo shot really needs.
2) To take really good pictures, Exposure (light) is everything.
If you photo is too bright, it is overexposed. To dark it is underexposed.
3) There are 3 factors in achieving good photography.
1) ISO = picture quality!
a) the lower the ISO # the better the quality of your photo, the higher the # the quality decreases, the photo becomes grainy!
b) increasing ISO makes your picture brighter, but you lose quality.
c) good quality ISO settings are 100, 200 and 400. Less quality (a grainy look) would be 800, 1600, 3200 and 6400.
d) Set your ISO first and FORGET ABOUT IT.
2) Aperture is an opening in your lens not your camera.
a) different lenses have different aperture settings.
b) Aperture controls dept of field (in other words how much of the photo is in focus)
1) Aperture is in fractions: f/1.8; f 2.8; f/4.0; f/5.6; f/8; f/11; f/16 and f/22.
(I was always confused by this, I thought f/1.8 was smaller than f/22. Not so, since aperture is in fractions: 1/1.8 is larger than 1/22 (1/16th of 1.8)
2) The smaller the # (i.e. f/16) = the bigger opening and “more of you photo will be in focus); A larger # (i.e. f/2.8) opening – will have less in focus (a shallow debt of field) and is good for closeups (like a flower)
c) Set you Aperture and FORGET ABOUT IT!
3) Shutter is a mechanism in your camera that opens and closes
a) the longer (slow) the shutter is open the brighter the picture, the less (fast) the shutter is open the darker the picture
– fast shutter speeds are used for freezing action, i.e. dog running or sports photography
– slow shutter speeds shows motion. (use a tripod for slow shutter speeds, once you reach 60)
– shutter speed 1000 (brightens) and as you dial downward to 250 (darkens)
Canon camera moving towards “+” is brightening and towards “o” is darkening (it is reversed on Nikon’s)
b) the Shutter meter is used to dial in your shutter speed
Ok, did you get all that!
It’s really easy as long as you follow these 3 Simple Steps (using manual mode)
1) Set you ISO (100, 200, 400) and FORGET ABOUT IT!
2) Set your Aperture, for closeups f/2.8 and for a room in full focus f/16 and FORGET ABOUT IT!
3) Then lighten or brighten your photo by using the shutter meter.
SO AFTER SETTING YOUR ISO AND APERTURE, THE ONLY THING YOU CHANGE IS YOUR SHUTTER SPEED TO LIGHTEN OR DARKEN.
General Setting Guidelines:
Flowers Outside: ISO 100; Aperture 2.8: – use shutter to lighten or darken
Room Inside: ISO 200; Aperture f/16: use shutter to lighten or darken
Room Outside: ISO 100, Aperture f/16
This was my first try using the guidelines:
A very sunny day, on automatic, F/9 and ISO 200
This photo taken on Manual, ISO 200, f/9 and I used my shutter meter to darken.
Thanks Kevin and Layla!!!!
Go ahead, put you camera on Manual, and start playing.
You’ll be so happy you did!!!!