I love photography. I love what cameras can do. I love those fancy high powered DSLR cameras! What I don’t love is me not understanding their amazing functions.
Of course, photos don’t just make themselves. The person behind the view finder is really who creates the images we see. They understand the way their camera works. Lighting, lenses, depth of field, etc. They know what their camera is capable of.
Me, I put it on manual and push the shutter button. Picture taken.
What the heck is an Aperture Priority? What is an f/stop? Ok, those questions are rhetorical. I’ve read about them on several occasions. Mmmmmm I sort of read about them. I’m more of a hands on learner. When I read about this kind of stuff my brain goes numb. I mean, why the LOWER the number, the WIDER the hole that the light comes through? I know there’s a mathematical equation involved in figuring it out. That’s probably the start of the problem. Math is involved.
As much as my son’s brain goes numb reading a book, I can barely finish a sentence when it’s talking equations and there are numbers included.
I really want to learn what Depth of Field is as well. I mean, that’s something I can do manually and practice over time. So cool to see pictures with a bright gorgeous butterfly on a flower with a blurred background. I’ve done it before, I just want to know and understand how to do it intentionally!
The person behind the camera either has an eye for good shots or doesn’t. I take pictures, not photographs. lol Yes, in my lameness I differentiate. My pictures are just sad snapshots. I don’t really have an eye for setting up a shot. I’m not dissing myself, don’t get me wrong. I’m just saying there’s a comparison of the way people take pictures.
I have been considering for years of taking a photography class. I figure hands on training is how I learn so maybe a community college course or something through the parks & rec would be a good way to go. It would be so cool to have someone show me what I’m doing right and what I’m doing wrong. Something to look into!
What is one thing you wish you knew?