Sunday, January 24, 2016

I feel like I've flooded my social media feeds with a lot of my pictures for the a year with my camera project that I'm doing but I wanted to blog about it as well. 

8 years ago I started a blog which was based on a photography project called HSMS and I'm still friends with the people I met as part of that challenge. Back 8 years ago I didn't really realise I'd become a blogger and it's what got me hooked. That blog is still around somewhere. 

Last year I came across the instagram tag #1day12pics (I'm not even sure that is the right one) Which was devised by Emma Davis who is a photographer and I signed up to a free online course she was running but I have an email folder full of her emails that I haven't read. 

This year the prompts came through with a new challenge. To spend a year with your camera improving and learning. I've been through many, many camera's in these past 8 years and while I have improved (I think) it's always good to remind myself that I do know what I'm doing and actually take my camera off auto. 

The first lesson was to start a collection, something to take pictures of all year and something you can track your progress. 

I'd had decided to pick drinks, but I think I'm going to change it to liquid. This is a little more inclusive and I'm not tied to always taking pictures of my brew. I'm not happy with any collection pictures I've taken so far and they are living in a facebook album for now. 

Lesson two was to understand the 18% grey rule. In a quick explanation this is where a camera tried to make everything 18% grey. Over exposing white and under exposing black. This isn't something I'd heard of before but it makes a lot of sense. 

Task 1 was to take two pictures. White on White and Black on Black to see how your camera reacts. 

My camera has two auto settings. Intelligent Auto and Superior Auto. I tend to leave it on Intelligent Auto but I'm not 100% sure which setting it was on. You can clearly see it has over exposed the White on White. I did manage to take a picture which was almost true to life but I have no idea what setting that was so for now and until I learn what I should be doing it I'm excluding it.

 I felt like I was struggling to find black items to use so in the end I used a black suedette skirt and a mask I bought for halloween. I'm quite shocked at how under exposed this picture is. I didn't even try to fix this. I'm excited to learn ways to take better pictures.

Lesson two was to look at Aperture.

Again the task was to take two pictures. The first with the  picture at the lowest setting and another that the highest setting.

 I'm not happy with either of these pictures. I didn't really understand what I was doing and after uploading my pictures to the Facebook group, I've got some good tips and they helped to point out which was which as initially I couldn't see a difference. This picture has a slight blurred background. I needed to get in tighter and this should help. Someone else mentioned about changing a setting on my camera to have a single point of focus. I've tried looking at the manual but I can't work out how to do this. 

 Picture Two - F22

I think I need to dig out my tripod and try these again. I'm off to Harrogate for the weekend so I'm planning to redoing this challenge along with what ever lesson three will be.

I was initially worried about sharing these with the group as there are so many amazing photographs already uploaded but I got help rather than criticism. People are willing to ask for help and provide it and that makes me really happy.

I'm looking forward to seeing how my skills change and progress.

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