Friday, July 1, 2011

Another Hobby: Photography

I've been a hobby photographer ever since high school.  However, I confess that aside from having some good equipment and an eye for composition, I rarely know what I'm doing.

The Fireman's Fund Photography Club is going to change all that.  It's a club at the office where I work, run by people who make their living taking pictures (lucky me!).  We had our first meeting last month and the homework assignment was buying the book Understanding Exposure, by Bryan Peterson.  They-who-knew insisted this book was a must-have for anyone interested in photography.  I will now attest that they are right.

After reading the first chapter about the Exposure Triangle, I'm thrilled to say that some of the fog is starting to clear when it comes to my Canon Digital Rebel EOS.  I think I might finally remember, once and for all, that the bigger the aperture number, the smaller the hole, and visa versa.  I've always had brain block when it comes to aperture.  I get shutter speed.  Sorta get ISO.  Brain fart on aperture and how all three work together to actually matter.

But with so many of my fellow blogging gardeners and artists also being great photographers, I'm determined to join the ranks when it comes to photography.  So armed with a couple tips (including all the wonderful things you can do with an image if you shoot in RAW), I went out to the garden to try a couple things.  Here's what I ended up with:

They were all taken in fully manual mode, then screwed around with in Photoshop.  Are they all that much better than the ones I take in my standard AV-Priority mode?  I think a little.  And that's good considering this was my first experiment and I've got a bunch more chapters to read.

So we'll see.  I'll keep you posted.


  1. Oh, cool! You even got a bee doing its thing!

  2. How fun to be in a photography club! I enjoy taking pics, too. But, I don't have an slr camera... yet. Have they given you any ideas on what to actually do with the photos once you've taken them? I take tons of pics, then rarely do anything with them.

    I'm a little obsessed with taking shots of bees on flowers. One pic is cute. But, what am I ever going to do with 100's of bee pics? I don't know, but I keep taking them.