“Photography is simple, photography is complicated” (Zig Mroz 2017).
Week 5 NCFE Level 1 Photography.
This week we learned that there is no more magic to learn about photography. We have Aperture, ISO, Shutter speed. Focus and Composition. So there you have it. I could in theory, stop learning now…….
But no, there is so much more to learn.
We set our cameras to manual settings. If you have your camera set to Aperture priority (A on your camera) you will always have to use exposure compensation. When using Manual settings, however, you have to change the shutter speed according to the light levels.. In this instance, shutter speed is the exposure compensation. If your shutter speed is not fast enough, increase your ISO!! (Our tutor couldn’t stress the importance of this point enough).
The advantage of using Manual Setttings; once you have preset them is,you don’t have to keep changing your settings.
- You have more control
- you get consistency
- you’ll have same the exposure – whatever what you take pictures of.
Our Homework this week was to, apply manual settings, and look for:
Lines in composition or leading lines.
Balance of elements or depth in photograph.
(to be very honest, I did struggle with ‘Balance of elements.’)
Frame within the photograph – look for physical gaps, bridges windows, arches, etc…Invite the viewer in.
(OK, so …the last photo, of the boat ‘framed’ I cheated a bit and used photoshop to crop the image slightly. Well….a lot, actually.)
I’m still feeling a little confused about the technicalities of photography (…all the blasted numbers!! Yup…call me, dyscalculic, Google it…) See you’re getting a full education here. 😉 ). You’re confused too? Oh, ok… not just me then? But… As I take more photos and practice changing the settings, I am becoming a little more confident and my pictures are improving… And I’m still loving finding the ‘right shot’. 😀
The best thing you can do if you like photography is, PRACTICE…practice…practice…!!
ps. Happy Halloween!