Learning the Snaps

Photography is hard work, you got to know all the basics to a digital camera. Like how to get a good picture. Shallow Depth of Field, wide depth of field, stopped action, blurred action, panned action, rule of thirds, leading lines, silhouette, window light, shadows, side lighting and etc. There are a lot of types of photographic terms that take time and patience to master. Using balance, tripod and all your patience to get a good picture is a lot of time and work. Running at a fast pace to create a panning motion picture to where the subject is in focus but the background is blurred, takes a lot of continuous shots. Most photographers take a lot of shots to master certain movement photos including still pictures. You think it’s just a snap of a picture and you’re good? No. It takes a lot of adjustments with setting the F/Stops, ISO sensitivity, and Shutter Speed options to get a good and clear photograph.

Since cellphones now have that option for you to take your own pictures, you think you’re a “real” photographer? Please. There’s so much to learn about being a photographer, which includes if you decide on buying an expensive digital camera that has all those options. The project that I did with the featured photos I’ve posted, made me realize that there was a lot to learn. Changing from a regular focal lens to a zoom lens multiple times, balance, all of those shots to get a good photo, and adjusting while on manual the whole shoot. You may ask, “what makes a digital camera and the way it works so important?” I’ll tell you, if you want a good stop action picture of a water fall like Niagara Falls for example. You have to have the right level of light to get a clear shot. If you also want a silk effect of the water, your shutter speed should be at 1/8000 of a second to get a really cool effect on the water flow including the f-stop at 4, see what your camera can do. As for Shallow Depth of field, using the zoom lens and getting up close to a certain object while the background is out of focus makes the subject stands out more.

Personally, I like taking the stop action shoots now, I learned how to slow the speed of water while the bird was just sitting there. It is amazing how a camera can capture something so fast and yet it shows like time is frozen. For certain shots, you have to line up the F/Stops and shutter speeds just right in order to get a good shot. Again, it takes a lot of patience and is time consuming. One thing I loved learning about this project was the cool effects my camera can capture. The water flow was my favorite part of this assignment.

Now that is something your phone can’t do. Do you have what it takes to be a photographer?

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