I have been given the chance to take classes with a real-live pro photographer, and he is letting his students practice during class in his studio. My little model here did a wonderful job, although I know her head had to hurt after a million flashes went off in her face! It is just amazing though what a little good lighting and a clean background will do for you! Since I do not have a studio at my fingertips, I am trying to 'build my own' ...so far, it is very scary and it involves really hot shop lights and flammable fabric backgrounds...more to come, if I do not burn the house down!!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I found this old abandoned building while driving around lost. It got my attention because it was two-toned, but when I tried to shoot it there were some really harsh shadows. I decided to compromise by tilting my camera, and I could not be happier with it. It is just a fun picture.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Well, after a couple disappointing days of of shooting and just not feeling very artistic I got a shot with my 50mm lens that I just love. It is of one of my favorite subjects, my niece. She was sitting on a bed full of stuffed bears (my proud collections from my younger years..ssshhhh don't tell anyone). The set up was that I had my flash pointing toward a wall that bounced light into the left side of the picture.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Here is another picture from the skiing this weekend. It is just a different perspective, and it focuses a little more on the scenery than on the skier.
Focal length - 35mm
Shutter Speed - 1/1250
Aperture - f7.1
ISO - 200
Aperture - f7.1
ISO - 200
OK, so I failed at getting a great picture to share that I took with my new lens. Instead, I put my 18-135mm back on. Truth be told, the 50mm is a birthday present from my parents and I really should wait until my birthday to use it...that is my excuse anyway. It will just take some getting used to and this week I wanted to just stick to what I knew. I am glad I did though, because I got some fun shots. My brother-in-law wanted me to get some pictures of him skiing on Saturday, so I decided to share one of those pictures instead. Here are the settings:
Focal Length: 135 mm
Monday, February 2, 2009
This week's assignment is going to be to show a picture using my new 50mm lens. Over the weekend I got the AF 50mm f1.8 Nikkor lens. It is a huge adjustment from my 18-135mm lens that came with my camera. Last night I was playing with my camera and I noticed that (1) I will have to get used to moving myself instead of just moving the lens to zoom in and out, and (2) I have to stick to slower action because this lens is slower @ 1/200 of a second. It is a great portrait lens, and with the aperture going to 1.8 you can really focus on a subject and blow out the background. Some people calls it the 'poor man portrait lens' because it is very affordable, but don't let that fool you, it is a great lens.