A Study in Shutter Speed

Week two of the Two Peas in a Bucket tutorials involves ISO and Shutter Speed. This one I knew about so it was a nice refresher course. I enjoy shutter speed. Capturing action while it’s happening is awesome, as is motion blur at times – depending on the situation.

They asked that you take a photo of water moving – once with a fast speed and once with a slow speed.

I apologize in advance – my house is pretty dark so to do a fast shutter speed I needed my flash. The point of the exercise still came across though.

 f/5.6 1/200 , Flash, ISO 400

f/5.6, 1/40, ISO 400, No Flash

A Study in Aperature

Week one for Two Peas in a Bucket (see my previous post) is to work in Aperture priority mode. The goal here is to see the difference between a wide and closed aperture on the same subject.

Seeing as it is the holidays, I decided to use a long strand of lighted garland hanging around the bar in our house.

First, I’d like to note that I did not use the AV mode on my camera. I used manual settings since I’m most comfortable there. I also used a tripod because I was taking pictures of bright lights in a dark area of the house and I needed a long exposure time.

My images are below, but I want to share my thoughts on them first.

I really love the first image with the closed aperture. Granted, I didn’t have a good focus for the second one, I just prefer the crisp picture with my closed aperture. I had a larger depth of field, and since I had my shutter open for so long, I got gorgeous light flares in the white Christmas lights! While the bokeh effect of the wide aperture was great in the second image, I think it was too boring for this particular shot. I would have liked the bokeh if I had a better focal point or subject in the front of my image.

f/29, 1 sec, ISO 1600

f/5.0, 1/15 sec, ISO 1600

Two Peas in a Bucket

This, my readers (which since this is my first day posting, and my second ever post means probably just my mom…) is where I will begin.

First, a great thanks to Alex of Alex Christine Photography for helping me find this tutorial. I’ve known Alex since I was a sophomore in high school and every year I am even more grateful that we know each other. When I emailed her begging for tips on where to begin, she suggested this introductory tutorial.

I will say, most of it I knew from high school photography – but since I graduated nearly 10 years ago I was due for a refresher course and this was a great beginning.

12 Weeks to Better Photos. While I’ve already read the entire 12 week pamphlet, I’m going to try exercises for each week anyways just to spark my creativity.

I’ll be back later with a gallery of images!

A New Journey

I’m starting a new journey. Consider this my new years resolution one month early.

I want to be a photographer.

No, I don’t want to be the next Ansel Adams (if it happens, wow – cool, but not my goal here). What I really want is to be able to take photos of my son, my husband, my pets, myself, my parents, my in-laws, brothers, sisters, cousins, all their children… you get the point. I want those pictures to look stunning and amazing and fantastic and worth printing.

So, I’m here now. I want to be a photographer.

I’m starting with freebie videos and tutorials. I’m pretty darn skilled in using Photoshop as a graphic design tool, but not with photography. Since I own the whole creative suite for work, I plan to stick with it and won’t be using lightroom (yet).

On this blog, hopefully I’ll be able to bring in some great tutorials that I’ve found online and even write a few of my own as I experiment. Either way, the goal is simple.

To be a photographer.

Welcome to my journey.