Tuesday, 7 August 2012

For the love of photography!

I attended another photography course over the weekend. When I attended my first, I don’t believe I was in the right head space. The way the technical terms were explained went over my head all too quickly and before I knew it we were outside attempting to use our new found skills snapping away using a model.

The weekend’s course saw me take a better understanding of aperture, the ISO and shutter speed. All aspects which I knew had to be considered but I became lazy after Rob bought me a fixed 50mm lens and all I would change was the aperture. I would snap away with a low f number as I knew that would create a blurred background and hope for the best with the lighting.

I now know a low f number gives me a greater depth of field. The ISO can stay on 200 at all times if I am shooting outdoors and when I am inside a 1600 ISO suits. The shutter speed if I want to create movement perhaps shooting a flowing river bed I would use a slow speed. The little line on my DSLR screen will show me once the shutter speed and aperture are in perfect harmony creating the perfect photo quality wise.

I was in photography heaven on Sunday morning using my new found skills snapping away at Dakota, Sophie and Rob whilst we soaked up more sunshine on the back deck. The photos aren’t the best if we look at posing etc but in my eyes the quality is FABULOUS.
I am disappointed in myself for not taking this more seriously previously as I have LOVED setting Sophie up for mini photo shoots, but then I thought I can just re-create some of the recent shoots and then I have something to compare my new shots to. If they come out even a little bit better I will be one happy, photography loving gal.

What I love now is that I can look at a photo and analyse it, I could easily have a go at guessing what shutter speed and aperture the photographer was using.

That my friend is something I am proud of.

I have never been a studier, heck I left high school at the end of year 11 and never ventured to uni, only completed my Cert III in Business which was all too easy for me. I think I have found something that I will enjoy learning.

These are some of the shots I took on Sunday, as I say I was just playing around with the settings so the positioning and angles aren’t ideal but I am happy with the light and the effect I have managed to capture and there is definitely room for improvement …






8 comments:

  1. Wow Jayne, these are gorgeous! Good on you for finding, and pursuing, something you love! x

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    1. Thanks Kate just need to remember to keep picking the camera up!

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  2. You are taking the most gorgeous photos already hun.
    I too have fallen in love with photography this year. It is such an amazing gift to be able to capture those special moments forever. Have fun, you have some gorgeous muses to phtograph xx

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    1. Thanks Son! It such joy to capture a moment but also have a fabulous quality photo to look back on!
      I have been meaning to email you for some time .. will try to by the end of the week! ;)

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  3. These are so good.... I really really really want to do a photography class like this.. and learn so quickly like you did.. its so good that you have picked up things and techniques, these you wont forget so your pictures will keep getting better and better! Look forward to seeing more awesome shots! xx

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    1. Thanks hun! Definitely book into one! You wont regret it! x

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  4. Average photos are better than no photos but what a gift for generations to come when there are so many beautiful photos of Nanna Sophie when she was a baby!

    I'd love to know where you did the course through (whoa! that was bad English)

    I've self taught myself a bit but i think that means I'm ready to absorb a course now, rather than meaning I know what I'm doing. i know if i'd done a course earlier I would have been overwhelmed.

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    1. Nanna Sophie? Wow, now there is a scary thought!

      My gf picked up cheap tickets through Living Social I am pretty sure, the company was Photography Masterclass!

      I was the same, you need to practice lots before really taking in advice from a course!! x

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