CharlieX started a blog series Photography 101 a little while ago and it inspired me to look out our ‘proper camera’ in order to have a go. Unfortunately it transpires our old Kodak 2MP digital camera (purchased in 2005) had decided to send itself to camera heaven. Disheartened, because I do love taking pictures, I mentioned this passing to my Aunt and she has treated me to a new one. Given my inexperience, especially in light of the changes in technology when it comes to cameras I popped into CharlieX’s DM’s and asked him for help. He recommended the Canon EOS 4000D, 2000D or 250D depending on budget. The 2000D was in the middle of the 3 and so that is the one I now have. As a side note, whenever I take images with this new camera I will be sharing the image details with you.
Now I am no expert in camera specs, and although CharlieX gave me a run down on them I suspect it will be a while before I fully understand them. As such, if I were to real them off here it would be empty words, making me look smarter than I actually am. I have the kit camera which comes with an 18-55mm lens.
I spent a few days reading the manual, and watching YouTube Videos on how to set it up. Then I went to CharlieX’s Photography 101 page and began reading. I do struggle to get outside so taking pictures was not going to be easy, but after a few days of taking pictures of my two cats and the crochet I was working on, I wanted to get outside and practice. This first outing I used only the auto settings to see what the images would look like. I was very impressed!
The way the flower jumps out, the colours and detail. I couldn’t get over how good it looks.
Emboldened by these pictures, I read more on the manual settings, and on Friday (after a brief conversation with the photo guru) I headed into the garden. This time I set the camera on manual and setting the ISO to 100 and the aperture to F11, I began taking pictures, adjusting the shutter speed with each shot to see the changes. Unfortunately the images were too dark to see anything. It was only when I changed the ISO to 200 that a few images were visible.
I also took some images were I set the Shutter speed and the ISO. This time I adjusted the aperture each time. I wanted to observe the effect. I then adjusted the shutter speed a little too. In the slide show below you can see how with each change the image becomes brighter.
A happy accident.
One image that I took which I like even though it is probably technically not perfect is this one.
The way the light is just touching the top of the flower makes me think of early morning sunrises, the water of dew and well, I like it.
As always I hope everyone is safe and well. Remember to keep having fun where you can!
This post is linked to The Fun Theme Photo Meme #2 Springtime, click HERE to see more posts and images shared.