Some weeks ago a friend 'shared' a Facebook item with me that was just up my street; a photography course at Lamport Hall for those who needed to know more about their cameras. So I signed up and boy, was it worth it.
It was pouring with rain and very cold when I arrived but luckily we were using our cameras indoors to start with as we turned them off the 'auto' setting onto 'A' for aperture; so it started. I had heard about the 'f' setting and ISO and that little sign '±' in a box but didn't actually know what they did - but I do now and I am feeling rather pleased with myself!!! AND I have it all written down in words of one syllable that I can understand.
By this time the rain was easing off and we went outside and started taking portraits.
I am not going to tell you all the 'rules' when taking photos of people but I liked this one and was given permission to use it on my blog. Even the photos of me were quite good -
I didn't manage to take any decent pictures of the exercise on shutter speed but the following ones are all 'Exposure Compensation' which is that elusive '±' in a box. Not an inspiring view but you can see three different exposures concentrating on the roof and clouds and what we wanted to accentuate -
|Nothing particular enhanced so this was '0'|
|Good clouds so '-1'|
|The clouds are over exposed so '+1'|
Next we were on our own
|This should draw your eye in ….|
|and this one ….|
|Another big sky|
|Plants 'walking' across the photo|
|This is identical to the one below but ….|
|this has too much plain grass in the foreground!|
By this time I was so cold my brain and fingers had frozen so back inside for a warm. We then looked at each others photos and the expert commented (in a kindly way) and made suggestions for improvement.
I still have a lot to learn but I have definitely 'Got off Auto'!!