365 Photo Challenge: Day 2

It’s day two of my photo challenge and I decided to go with a picture that sums up a large part of my life. Dr Pepper is the most amazing thing ever created! I love it so much.

If you have any tips on how to use a DSLR camera, let me know!

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3 thoughts on “365 Photo Challenge: Day 2

  1. Hi Haley, the main difference between a simple point and shoot camera and a DSLR is that the DSLR allows you to control exposure manually or semi-automatic. For instance you now have full control over your depth of field, so you can control which parts of the photo will be sharp and which parts are out of focus.

    To really try out this effect set your zoom to 50mm focal lenght and put your camera in aperture priority mode (A/AV on the mode dial). Then look for an object about 6 feet away with plenty fore- and background to really see the effect. Focusing on a car parked alongside a street will do the trick, or use one of your friends an family. Dial in the lowest aperture number (on a prime lens this can be 2.0, on a kit zoom this is often 4.0 or 5.6). Focus on your subject. When photographing a person focus on the eye that is nearest to the camera.

    Take the shot. Now, only your subject should be sharp (in focus), while fore-and background should be blurred (out of focus). Now stop down the aperture (dialing in higher aperture number), number by number, until you reach the highest number of your lens (often 16 or 22). When you look at the results, gradually more of the fore- and background should be in focus with the increase of the depth of field.

    For portraits you would typically shoot “wide open” (small aperture number), while for landscapes ypu want everything sharp from fore- to background. Here you shoot with a small aperture number. When you do that and focus on an object about 1/3 into the scene you should have everything sharp in your image.

    So if you want to try, that’s a first small “assignment” to get to know the possibilities of your DSLR. If you want more “assigmments” let me know.

    You could post the resulst and let other “newbies” benefit from your learnings.

    Have fun! Marcus

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