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More Photography Lessons… (I need to take a class!)

Whew. Trying to figure out how to work the Christmas Camera is waaaaaay harder than I thought. I may have to completely throw in the towel and pop for a real class with a real instructor, ’cause I ain’t making any headway on my own.

Just when I thought I couldn’t combine this control with that option, I re-studied how to work with different aperture settings, and after about an hour of monkeying around, I think I get this one… (Thanks to my “Nikon D3300 For Dummies” book)

OK- here’s what I think is sticking in my brain:

  • close focus + small aperture setting = out of focus background and clear foreground, better for close-ups
  • zoomed out + larger aperture setting = larger depth of focus, better for outdoor and landscape shots
  • Less than 10 feet in the shot? Larger aperture settings just get blurry with a slower shutter speed.

So… The object of today’s practice was to see how the snacks, the cat and the rosemary outside the window would look at different settings:

Oops- forgot to bring in the focus, resulted in fuzzy pic- 26mm f/4
Oops- forgot to bring in the focus, resulted in fuzzy pic- 26mm f/4
18mm f/4.5
18mm f/4.5
55mm f/32 and a 3 sec. shutter... no wonder it is really blurry. I need a tripod.
55mm f/32 and a 3 sec. shutter… no wonder it is really blurry. I need a tripod.

Best three for explaining to myself what I’m doing:

18mm f5.6 clear cookies, fuzzy kitty (rosemary not even in the shot)
18mm f5.6 clear cookies, fuzzy kitty (rosemary not even in the shot)
26mm f/18 cookies in focus, kitty clearer
26mm f/18 cookies in focus, kitty clearer
26mm f/25 everything is fuzzy, not just the cat, do I need glasses? No, just a higher focus or lower aperture...
26mm f/25 everything is fuzzy, not just the cat, do I need glasses? No, just a higher focus or lower aperture, faster shutter… aieeee!!!

ANY AND ALL TIPS FROM EXPERIENCED PHOTOGRAPHERS WILL BE APPRECIATED. GREATLY!!!

2 thoughts on “More Photography Lessons… (I need to take a class!)

  1. I remember when I first grabbed my first DSLR. No experience at all, and was probably too broke to pay for photography classes. So I jumped on the manual and youtube… Youtube has all the help you need, the best part is that its all visual and you can rewind if you don’t understand something. If you have a question about a certain thing, just youtube it and I can almost guarantee you that you will find it. Your brain seems to be going in the right way when it comes to those pictures, and as you continue learning, you will find yourself blowing your mind with what you can do with one shot. oh, and also make sure that you get that DSLR book for “dummies” amazing help!! If you ever have any questions just shoot me a message or however you do it on here. haha.

    I’m no expert but I know a thing or two. I sometimes upload some of my freelance stuff to my 500pix site. If you ever want to check them out. https://500px.com/VanStatic

    Don’t really promote it because I only use it for some stuff. But i’m sharing so you can get an idea of my type of shots.

    Have fun!

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  2. Slick, I will check out your site, and isn’t it interesting how when searching for info online we are saying “I need to You Tube that” instead of “Google it?” You Tube is by far the haven for visual tutorials, huh? And I won’t give up on my For Dummies book, not quite yet. I think the key to this book is pick the info you are looking for, don’t try to read it from cover to cover… today I focused on the aperture controls, next I’ll add in proper lighting to fix the shutter speed for the higher f stop with telephoto (a.k.a. what my iPhone already does). Thanks for the encouragement!!

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