The basic idea:
Open aperture: The wider your aperture (lower f-stop), the more light you let in. Also, the depth of field increases. That's what gives some photos that blurred effect in the background or forefront (called bokeh). Using this technique is good for a portrait, especially if you don't want the stuff in the background to really show clearly.
Closed aperture: A smaller aperture (higher f-stop), lets less light in but leaves more of the picture crisp. Better for landscape or group shots.
Buddy & Daddy are in focus. The back of the house and even the grass is blurred. I like this because I want the focus to be on Daddy's arms reaching out to Buddy.
Buddy & the lattice are all in focus, even the back of the house behind him.
Monday, my neice turned 18. I still can't believe it. And when I looked at the picture of Birdy (who was sitting on my neice's lap), I realized that some day she's going to turn 18, too. I am so not ready for that!
All the cousins on both sides of the families.
Birdy had a great time at the birthday party.
Tuesday, we took a walk to a park and to MiMi's house. Buddy had lots of fun on the big slide.
He laughed every time he came down, even when he flipped over on his side.
Birdy enjoyed showing Buddy how to go down the slide.
Aaron helped Birdy climb up this thing and it became her favorite thing to do.
Before we left, Birdy collected some rocks to take home.
I'm taking a photography class and I'm learning so much. I am so excited about the results I'm getting. The first 3 photos, from the party, were all shot without flash. I never would have been able to do that before this class. I'm loving it!
I'm taking a photography class online from JessicaSprague.com, and I'm learning so much! I decided to post my assignment photos so I can look back and see where I've grown and so others can maybe learn a little but about photography.
Our first lesson was about shutter speed. Here's the basic idea: For action that you want to capture quickly, use a higher shutter speed. To show movement, use a slower shutter speed.
From looking at the pictures, you can see a slight difference in the amount of light. The slower the shutter speed, the more light is let in. A faster shutter speed will have less time for light to get in.
Fast Shutter Speed:
Notice the ball is sharp even though it's moving.
Slow Shutter Speed:
The ball is blurred because it's moving. But so are her hands. This is not the best example of why you'd want a slower shutter speed to show action, but it's what I turned in for my lesson.
Disclaimer: First, I don't really want or expect anyone to print these pics. However, this was a really quick way to put all these pics in without loading each one individually. Also, my watermarks are a mess. Tried something new, didn't work like I wanted. And some pics are bad quality...again tried something new. Anyway, just wanted to share about our recent trip to Albuquerque since I didn't keep up with Project Life.
Albuquerque Zoo with the family
Rehearsal Dinner for Loren & Carla
(Loren is my brother-in-law.)
My brother in law Loren, Buddy, & Me
Mommy & Birdy
Carla & Loren
This is a pic of the mountains. Loren & Carla are in the corner where the Print Me logo is!