Wow I feel like this week has been a blur, I have been so focused on a couple of tasks, they have consumed all my thoughts. I have tried out different ideas but am pleased with what I have achieved, and have learnt lots, especially in my photography course.
I have practiced altering my ISO settings at home and have been so pleased with the results, as I said before I have always pointed and shot then edited after. These photos below are unedited, but taken one after the other. From a slightly different angle. The darker one is on auto, the lighter I have upped the IOS. I am so pleased with the results. Yes, it will still need editing but I am getting now how to change settings to counteract light.
We looked at movement again this week, and again looked a shutter speed and the impact it has on your photography, it really is fascinating what you can do with a camera. I was using mine like my iPhone before, which has a fab camera on it. But you can do so much more with a camera if you understand the settings. I am still getting my head around it all, but it is all blowing my mind a little.
Of course there are times when you have to rely on auto, when you are traveling and just haven’t got the time to mess. But I feel I am now gaining a tiny bit more confidence to be able to quickly alter a setting and take a risk.
When our tutor was talking about creating movement, and I was thinking but why would you? However my mind-set has completely changed, it actually looks fab in a home styling shot, or a museum if the subject is blurred, then the focus is on the home, how clever.
And sports shots, to create a trail on the movement, for example on a bike or car, actually says more about what is going on than capturing the subject perfectly still. Am I turning into a geek? Honestly it fascinates me. So I have been messing, I have had poor old Joe up and down walking slow, fast and running to see what works and what doesn’t. He is quite a willing subject, and as a thank you for all his help and a reward for getting the merit as school, and Jack getting a great report. I have rewarded them with Dynamo tickets, I love Dynamo so can’t wait.
This photo was taken on a long exposure with a torch, Joe loved it, but how spooky it that? And wow 2 Joe’s eeek.
And my last thought is, photography is reducing my food willpower. I can quite easily walk past a packet of delicious donuts and not buy them, they are to fattening, more of a treat. But this week I bought a pack of donuts because they are pretty and I wanted to photograph them. What is happening to me?
When I took the photograph the donut was calling to me, fortunately Joe is like a locust, he swooped down and stole 3/4 the donut off my plate and saved me from eating said donut. Kids are so handy during a food crisis like this. I can always rely on our two during such testing times. And whilst stealing is something we would never condone, stealing food in the home of parents that constantly need to watch their weight is actively encouraged.
I can see how people get addicted to photographing food, and looking at my Instagram feed I am not as healthy as I like to think ha ha. I have so much to learn, but am so enjoying learning it all. With the help of my gorgeous A Beautiful Mess, Photo Book which I would thoroughly recommend, it has the best tips, that are so obvious at time, but so clever. I am slowly improving my skills.
Next week we are off on a Q Hop, we are so excited, they always have lots of fun stuff planned for us, it is always like going into the unknown, but always incredible. Have a great half term everyone; I will see you on the other side.