I have been taking photo’s from my Phone for years now but when it came to printing the photo’s there was always some Pixelation. Even though on the screen it looked great there was that something could be improved.
So I did some research found a decent camera I could afford and climbed in the car to go and buy it. Yup, that did the trick the picture is much better and higher quality. And for a while, I was happy with this. Then I started noticing there is just some picture that stood out. It is as if the camera just knew what would look best at that moment. Although I know this is not true I wanted more Pictures like these. So here I am a Noob with a fancy camera trying to improve my camera Skills. How hard can it be right?
Well turns out there is a lot to learn about a Camera and the effect each Function has on how the picture turns out. This is not going to be a quick few hours then I know what I am doing, this is going to take a few months of trial and error. For each Function, I will be adding a post on how I found it and how it improved my Pictures. So, in short, I am going off Auto to the unknown.
What are the Functions
There seem to be three functions that are present in every photo: Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO, also known as the Exposure Triangle.
This controls the light that is passed through the lens so the size of the opening within the camera lens. This opening is measured in F-Stops. Appeture directly controls the Depth of Field.
Depth of Field
DoF describes how much of the Image is in focus in front and behind your focus point. The Depth of Field is controlled by the aperture as well as the Focal Length.
The Distance between the Camera and the subject. The Lower the Focal Length the wider the shot will be but you will have to be closer to the subject, the Longer the focal length the narrower the shot will be but you be able to have more distance between you and the subject.
Controls the duration of the light that hits the sensor this is measure in Fractions of a second such as 1/250 and can go up to seconds or with the right equipment Hours. This controls Motion.
Controls the camera Sensitivity. So in midday it won’t capture as many pixels as it would require at midnight.
How do you put all of this Together?
Well, carefully I would presume? Otherwise, you will get too bright or too dark photo’s, blurry where you wanted clear or Clear where you wanted Blurry. So I am going to jump right onto this and with a follow-up post see if Aperture can be explained in a rememberable detailed way.