Carpe Diem

A pen, a camera and a seasoning of Mindfulness.

What you want vs. what you need.

Don’t throw hard earned money away. Wanting – desire VS needing. Used to be, I would study the coming arrival of a new version of software I was using or perhaps a game I used to play. With anticipation I read up on the new features and Desire took ever more control over my logical …

Using shutter speed priority – part 2

Manipulating time In the first part using priority mode you learned a bit about what shutter speed is and one example of when to use it, to stop camera movement.Let’s continue to examine this creative mode. So when do you want to manipulate time? stopping movement of the object. showing the movement of the object. …

The Writings of Darrell Young

Book Review Beyond Point & Shoot by Darrell Young Around the turn of the century – no not 1900! – i picked up my first digital camera. It was a small, Casio point and shoot camera. I was pretty much fascinated by the idea of not having to pay for each picture. Used to be, …

Two tips for easier living

Two tips for you today to make creative photography a bit easier Lens change made easier Here’s a tip I picked up from Tom Striewisch, a German photographer and Author. If you’re just starting out with your camera you might find yourself wishing you had 3 or 4 hands to change the lens. Unfortunately we …

Cardinal

Using shutter speed priority – Part I

The next mode you will want to learn to use is TV – shutter priority. While aperture priority controls how much light is let in to the camera, shutter priority controls how long the light is allowed in. The shutter setting is an increment of seconds; for example 5 seconds, 3, 1/2, 1/100, 1/640 These …

The writings of Scott Kelby

The Digital Photography Book – Part 1 How do you learn any new skill on your own? This would be a great topic for a series of posts, maybe one day. 😀 For now let’s stick to reading books. Having been a kindle fanatic since the first version, I can tell you this; there are …

Using Aperture priority – Part II

Creative digital photography In the first part of Using aperture priority, you saw that the depth of field is controlled – in part – by the aperture setting in AV mode. Focal length Another factor that influences the depth of field is the focal length.Put simply, the focal length is your zoom. It is the …

Using AV Mode

Here are some more examples of when to use AV mode.

Don’t touch that dial.

Do not break your lens. 😮 After seeing more than one person do this, I think it’s time for a quick tip. You see that focus ring on the right and the AF – Auto focus / MF – manual focus switch on the left? Do yourself a favor and never turn the focus ring …

Using Aperture priority – Part I

Creative digital photography Can you be creative with your smartphone camera or using automatic mode with any other camera? Of course you can! 👏Up to a certain point. There is composition, capturing just the right light and rearranging whatever it is you want to capture. But you are always giving the camera software the control …