Yay! It's time for the next photography report! :P
This time I'm going to tell you all about what I learned about aperture today.
So basically it is simple-the aperture setting determines how much of your lenses is exposed to light and therefore how much light enters into the camera.
The aperture of your camera is described by the so called f-stop value. If this f-stop value is low, less of the camera's lens is covered (and more light is "stopped"). If it is high then alot of the lens is covered.
Typical f-stop values for compact cameras range between 2-8 while SLR-cameras with portrait lenses can go up to 32.
The aperture is important when one talks about the depth of field in a photo. When the f-stop value is high, the depth of field is quite low meaning that things close to the camera are sharp while things far away appear blury. For a low f-stop value the depth of field is greater meaning that things in front as well as things in the back are sharp.
Here are two examples-
High f-stop value
Low f-stop value
This means that usually for landscape photos or long distance shots you would use a low f-stop value while when you want to highlight a prominent object or face in the foreground you would use a high f-stop value.
The apeture should not be confused with the focus by the way, this is just a different feature you can use to create a similar effect. I will tell you all about that when we have finished with the exposure settings!
I found this cool photo of this girl who had a really long black hair which I really liked so I decided to illustrate it. Now the problem was-I was drawing with pen and making large spaces dark with pen is a tedious process which often doesn't look that good. So I looked around and my eyes fell on a nailpolish. Then I knew what to do...:P
Hi everyone :D As promised this will be the beginning of a new series :D The "Photography Reports". I firsted wanted to call them Tutorials but that would indicate that I had some kind of clue about what I'm doing (which I don't XD) so yeah-that's why I thought Report was more fitting. I decided I would always pic one aspect of photography, google it, hopefully know more about it than before, experiment with it and then report to you the results. I hope you'll enjoy it!
So today is all about Shutter Speed. When you're talking about shutter speed it is usually "measured" in
seconds because unlike the name suggest it isn't actually the speed
you're talking about but the length of time the lense is exposed to the
light. Now the question is-what can you do with that. So I guess it is fairly straightforward-when the shutter speed is low, a lot of light comes in and the picture will be lighter. When it is high the light has less time to enter and less light will come in making the picture darker.
High Shutter Speed-Medium Shutter Speed-Low Shutter Speed
You can use the shutter speed to make you're picture lighter an darker-but that is not the only thing it is good for. For example when you have something moving very quickly and you want a sharp image you want a high shutter speed. The reason for this is when an object moves when the lense is exposed it gets blurry. In order to get a sharp image you therefore need a high shutter speed so you object doesn't move too much during the time you are taking the picture. In this case dropped the dog in front of the camera with a high shutter speed which created an image where it looked like the dog was suspended in the air!
There are many famous photos which use this technique-I'm sure you've seen ones where a glass is dropped and all the little pieces are suspended in mid air. The photographers used a very high shutter speed to capture that split second.
What's difficult about taking pictures like this, is that you have to anticipate when the object ist in front of the camera because if you simply react the moment will have passed. It takes a while to get the hang of it! :)
You can use the fact that moving objects blur infront of the camera too. This could be done to underline motion or simply make the picture more artistic! If the object you are taking a picture of is not moving and you still want a blur you can also just move the camera. This is what I did here:
If only the object was moving and not the camera the background wouldn't be blury. Or if the object was still and the object was still the background would be blury and the object sharp.
This is definetely my new baby :D Isn't she freakin amazing?! I really need a name for her!
If you can't read it on the Pic it is a LUMIX FZ 150 Bridge Camera :) Ok, so considering that at the moment my knowledge of photography is basically zero I will do it like this. Every Weekend I will pick out one aspect (like I don't know-apeture) and google it, and find out everything about it, test it on the camera etc. Of course I will report to you my finds XD and hopefully my photography skills will improve :D
Here're some testt pictures by the way! They are of Salsa sitting in front of my window ;)
When my dad came home with the magazine from the fare going on here at the moment, the Techno Classica, I was inspired. They show all kinds of awesome oldtimers which I absolutely adore :) Sorry guys-but not because they are cars as such but because they have so many awesome shapes!
Sorry that I haven'T posted the finished version of yesterday's pic yet btw :D I was so clever and forgot my watercolors again so I'll have to wait till Monday until I can get them! xoxo Alex
Ok see-I have a problem with these pen drawings...they don't mean anything. Anyone could do them. Just copy a photograph and then tadaa there you go... You kind of get tired of them pretty quickly... I'll have to keep trying out new stuff...
Meanwhile here is another pic from the cotelac lookbook!
I don't know whether you click on the links to the blog on the right (if you don't you really should cuz they're awesome!) but if you do I'm sure you found Vintage Vandalism. Well and she did a post on this Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly/Vintage Carshow event whatever-I'm not quite sure what it is-and she posted some really cool pics :) so what do I do with cool pics?! yes-I illustrate them :) tell me what you think!
Their were many negative points about French aristocracy-their style was not one of them (apart from the hair-I mean seriously?! who would smear all that stuff in their hair?) Anyway-here's a version which is a little bit more modern :D
This is one of the looks from Ulyana Sergeenko's lookbook which recently was presented on Honestly WTF and I loved it. :D Maaaaaybe-there will be more :D
Heyho :D sorry I'm so late-AGAIN! It took me ages, this pic... If you read the "about" page (or know me ;D) you'll know how much I love cats nd uhm I found this über-cute photo in this magazine...simply had to be illustrated! <3
she turned out a little bit chunkier than in the photo so she is a little more scarey and not that cute but that's probably more of what she intended to be XD