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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!!! I know I did and I had my camera every step of the way...One of my favorite pics was of my nephew Alexander...Of course it's always the spontaneous pictures that turn out the best. My husband was holding him, he grabbed the shear to look out the window, and I saw it immediately. A beautiful photo opportunity that me & my OCD self couldn't help but shoot. I had the camera set on "creative auto"; which for the Cannon EOS Rebel T3i is like "auto" on steroids...well at least that's what my "for dummies" book that my boys got me for Christmas said. ;) I left it on this setting all day..I didn't want to have to "think" too much...I mean it's Christmas..and things happen fast...I didn't want to miss a thing. I can play with settings any day...I only get one shot at getting "the shot" Here are the settings for Mr. Alexander's Christmas awesomeness.





Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/50
Av( Aperture Value ) 5.0
Exposure Compensation 0
ISO Speed 160
Lens EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II
Focal Length 39.0mm





Here is another shot of my niece and nephews enjoying their Christmas presents. Another "creative auto" shot. I love this picture, mainly because I caught the darts coming out and my niece has this "My Family will protect me at all costs" look on her face, but again, as my OCD self kicks in, I can't help but think...how awesome if the darts were super clear..what if the shutter speed was pushed up?? This kind of personal torture is why classes are soon in order. Picking the perfect settings should be second nature...I hate not knowing everything about everything....Yes...I'm impatient..yes I'm determined....but if you know me, you already know this.



Shooting Mode Creative Auto
Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/125
Av( Aperture Value ) 5.0
ISO Speed 100
Lens EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II
Focal Length 84.0mm




Another favorite of my beautiful niece.....edited to b&w, adjusted contrast, and brightness...voila! Fabulous! She is my "little me" and the attitude to match. LOVE HER!!



Shooting Mode Creative Auto
Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/125
Av( Aperture Value ) 5.0
ISO Speed 100
Lens EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II
Focal Length 84.0mm
Sharpness 3





Shooting Mode Creative Auto
Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/50
Av( Aperture Value ) 4.5
Exposure Compensation 0
ISO Speed 400
Lens EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II
Focal Length 34.0mm
Sharpness 3

Last but certainly not least...the Hall Family Christmas eggnog, and turkey picture; and yes..it's just as good as it looks. Happy Holidays ya'll!!!


I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year's Holiday!! My New Year's resolution is to maintain this blog, and constantly be in learning mode....so here's to you and your resolution. CHEERS!!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Very Beginner’s Guide to Manual Mode in Low Light Settings

This is as green as it gets....and guess what...I found this information fabulous... ;) I do not want to always be an "auto" shooter...If I can't go manual...I shouldn't own this camera..period.



Why Blog?

I have always had a serious passion for photography. Everyone that knows me, knows this already. :) I never followed through on this passion, and honestly I regret that. Supporting my love of this, my husband recently purchased me a new Cannon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR for Christmas. Let me just say that I am thrilled!!! Right away I wanted to shoot everything..and I do mean everything!! My friends and family find it quite funny that I pretty much always have my camera with me..I just can't help it.  I have always had just a typical point and shoot camera, so this thing was intimidating to me, but I am determined to learn everything I can and this blog is all about just that! I plan to use this as a learning tool for not only myself as little reminder's of settings I used, etc..but also for others who want to learn. There are so many great websites, blogs, video's etc that I have ran across and wanted to share. If your like me, the settings on these cameras can be overwhelming...but the way I see it..why have this amazing camera if I can't bring it to it's fullest potential. So, with all this being said, I will post new things as I learn them myself, and I can't wait to start this journey. I have already signed up for photography classes in March, and shortly after will be taking a Photoshop class. The posted photo was from the first night I had my camera...and so it begins.