Monday, August 31, 2009

Random Pictures (i.e. playing with my camera and hopefully learning how to use it.)

Jack falling asleep on Daddy's chest (with flash)

And without.

James - who snuck downstairs early one morning - we discovered him on the couch with his beloved "Georgie" reading (what else) Curious George books together. (without flash)

And with. (And unhappy about having his picture taken...)

Jack in his bouncy seat.

Any tips for better flash/non-flash picture taking is greatly welcomed - I have a Nikon D40 and NO idea how to use it to it's full potential.

1 comment:

  1. Take this for what it's worth. I've attended a few photography classes at the store where Dan bought my camera (I have a Canon Rebel XTi) and learned just the basics and then am just teaching myself--by reading my owners manual and experimenting. So really, I know just enough to be dangerous.

    But I started with just putting my camera on Aperature Priority (where you set the aperature--or also called f-stop manually and the camera sets everything else automatically)and played with that without the flash. The most important thing w/o flash is lighting. You need to be by preferably natural light--a window is good. A close up picture you'd want an aperature around 2.8 to have a focused subject and blurry background. A higher aperature would give a clear subject and clear background--like for landscape shots. Once you learn how to use your aperature setting, then move on to something else--like shutter speed. I'm figuring out how to shoot in manual mode setting both aperature and shutter speed--it's taken me a couple years to get there. Oh, and I also invested in a good lens that allows for better low light/non flash photography.

    You'll find that when you shoot without a flash your subject will be blurry if they're moving much. So it's hard to do with little kids. If they're moving around, you're better off just to use the flash so you don't miss the shot--until you learn to set your shutter speed which can compensate for that.

    In your non flash photos they have a yellow tint because the lighting is from indoor bulbs. If you set your white balance manually (check your manual on how to do this) for tungsten (or whatever lighting you have) it'll help take that yellow out. You can also use this to compensate for shade, or bright sun.

    Hope that helps get you started. Again, take it for what its worth. I really am a novice.
    And have fun! I love photography--would LOVE to take another more in depth class much to learn.