I have a confession to make. I’m a wannabe. Photographer, that is. My dream is to one day be a real, live, making a career of it, photographer. But I waffle daily on whether or not I have what it takes….the artistic vision, the “eye”, the skill and knowledge of exposure. I know I have oodles to learn and lots and lots of practice. But will I get there one day? Or will I forever just be a MWAC? 😉
I thought I’d put this out there (not something I do easily! eek!) to hopefully help others too. And get feedback. I can’t grow unless I get some constructive criticism. So, I plan to start sharing more of my photos here on my blog…the good and the bad. lol I’ve learned so so much from reading blogs and photography forums. I thought I’d try to pay it forward and share what I do know as I learn it. We’ll see. I started shooting full manual (no cheating on AV at all!) on January 1st of this this when I began my photo-a-day project. I had shot manual before, but had always switched back to AV when the going got tough (or the kids were moving too fast!). Now that little dial stays on “M” and I think I’ve got a good handle on getting proper exposure. My next area I need to tackle is composition and light I think. And probably many others!
Here’s some shots of my kids I took a few weeks ago. We went down to a local beach at sunset and just played. Had such a nice evening and I got some nice shots of them individually.
I even got my first silhouette shot with the setting sun.
But I had a major fail on the group shots. I was so busy making sure my exposure was correct, that I didn’t stop to change my aperture. I was shooting way too open for a group of 4! Here’s what I got a bunch of….
It looks better on my blog since it’s smaller, but only two of the kids are in focus. My settings for this shot were: 50mm, 1/500, f/2.5, ISO250 I should have closed down on the aperture so that my depth of field would have been larger and all the kids would be in focus. I think a good rule of thumb is to set your aperture number to match the number of people in the photo and then focus on the person in the middle. So I should have set my aperture to 4 or 5 here. I had plenty of wiggle room in my shutter speed and ISO, so it would have worked just fine. Lesson learned! All the group shots are like this.
Anyways, thanks for reading if you’ve made it this far. And please share any tips or critiques you have. Eek! Will I really hit the publish button now? 😉 Have a great day!