Trying to learn how to take photos
Object in focus with blurry background. Black and white photos with sharp contrasts. Vast landscapes in warm sunlight. All looks good when one knows how to take proper photos. I certainly do not and therefore try to teach myself how to take proper photos. Having bought a new camera, this will hopefully change. The tools are there now. First Day Out
The old camera offered a range of scene-settings, which were convenient but determined the outcome of the photo and gave very little creative control. The vast number of buttons on the back of the cameras were confusing and, similar to a remote control, I had no idea what they were for. Consequently, I never used them.
The new camera is quite a step up and a move into unknown territory. Quite a simple design, it comes with a large touch screen and only two buttons on the top. These buttons can be set to control either shutter speed, focal length, aperture or ISO.
That brings me to the first challenge: What are shutter speed, focal length, aperture, and ISO and how do I use them correctly?
I found a number of websites and tutorials, which offer a lot of good information. The sites explain the principles of photography in a step-by-step approach and provides basic understanding about the different settings. The tutorials are a helpful starting point for a long journey of hit and miss photography. Each photo comes with its own challenges and it probably will take a lot of practice and time to get it right. Hopefully one day some half-decent photos will make it into this blog. We will see and time will tell.