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Jan 11, 2010

Something I learned

Posted by Amami Superman

As I was writing my anniversary blog post, I thought of all the different things I've learned over the past year. I do read as much as I can about photography and how to take photos, but I find that I learn best by just going out and doing it. I don't know all the jargon and lingo of what I do, but I thought I'd share one point of what I learned just going out and taking photos.

I took these photos the same day as my previous post and and I said, I was antsy to take photos of something. Here are two of the shots I took yesterday.

Nikon D60, Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 55mm, 1/60 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400 -- EXIF

Nikon D60, Nikkor 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 @ 200mm, 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 -- EXIF

Both of these photos were taken using 2 different lenses using the same technique. The goal I had in mind was to have the subject in focus and have a very burred background and maybe a blurred foreground depending on the composition. I basically have my lens zoomed in to maximum, set the aperture wide open, compensate with ISO and shutter speed and shoot at minimum distance focusing on what I want to be my subject. After learning more about aperture and depth of field, I now understand the concept behind this. This may seem like elementary photography, but it was a BIG step for me.

So that was one of the things I learned over the past year. It opened my eyes to what kinds of other lenses I would like to have, but I'll stick with what I have and practice a bit more before buying a new lens.


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