Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Photo a la {Mode}

Hey everyone! I am linking up with Patty--who is an amazing photographer, writer, mom, wife and friend! She only lives about 4 hours from me, so....I won't be doing lunch with her and other bloggy friends in Tennessee at noon! Bummer!

85mm lens, 1/125, f.5.0, ISO 100

As a photographer, I want my pics to really pop and give you a "wow!" I still have not figured out how to achieve that using my blog format! My pics are fixed at a certain size, and I cannot undo this unless I create a new blog. Well....I happen to LOVE this blog! Not changing it!  But, in a few weeks, I hope to have a new blog that goes along with my business to showcase my pics of clients! Hopefully, the pop and brightness I wish to achieve will be evident! If not, I need to find a new business!

If you look on your camera, there is usually a little green box. It's a helpful box especially if you are taking pics inside and using low light. The green box does all of the thinking for you--pretty much! It's the automatic setting on your camera. It is your friend!

When I first got my camera (which was the Canon xsi), I kept it on the green box. Good pictures but not much room for creativity. And, I'm one of those people who likes to try things that might be a little different. A friend took me to the park downtown and showed me a whole new world! If you look on top of your camera, the letter "M" sits there....usually very lonely! She made me set my camera to "M" and I have not looked back! Now, "M" is good, but it really helps to UNDERSTAND the wordage behind this letter....which I am still working on mastering! Most of it, I get. There are still some gray areas! Patty has a link on her site that takes you to several wonderful lessons on using your camera. If you are truly interested in better pics, I encourage you to grab your favorite beverage (sweet tea here!) and chill out for awhile and learn! Then, take your camera and go shoot something! I just went out on the deck--jammies and all!--and shot these pics. We are learning about the shutter speed, the aperture, and the ISO setting (remember the film numbers from the dark ages? 100, 200, 400, etc.? That's the ISO! See, I do know something about this stuff!)

85mm lens, 1/125, f.4.5, ISO 100

Other questions to answer: What camera do you use and what is your favorite lens? I upgraded to a Canon 7D (love it!) and either shoot with my 50mm lens or my 85mm lens. If you use a point and shoot, what do you have and do you love it???

Anyway, hop over to Patty's and read her beautiful blog. Y'all have a great Wednesday!

Sweet Blessings,


Danielle said...

I love the birds nest shot. So pretty.

I'm really bad about just setting my camera to manual and going. I don't get all the photo lingo and I never take the time to figure it out. Actually, it gives me a headache to even sit and read my manual.LOL

But, I love my camera, and I love what it does even on Manual. It's a Nikon Coolpix P80... I guess this will make me get out there with the manual and start

Sassy Granny ... said...

Oh my ... in the world of photography, I'm a forever-amateur. I love my itty-bitty camera and its ease of use.

I can't help with your camera quandries, but I can say you've got a great eye for beauty.


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SouthernSass said...

Thanks for the links! Have you tried to adjust the width of your blog (I think its under design)? I love your pics and can't wait to see more!

SouthernSass said...

BTW - I just got a Canon 60D at Christmas. I am getting used to it slowly but surely, I am usually a Nikon kinda gal.

Susan said...


These are some INCREDIBLE pictures!!

I use Windows Live Writer, you really have to try this.

You can size your pictures anyway you like them.

Love your work♥

PS That is one of my favorite lens.