Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Scrapbook page I just finished of a picture of Kylie shot in April: Moo


Laurie said...

Those pants are awesome!

Bethany said...

I finally have a better camera...a canon digital rebel. How do you blur out the background like that one picture!?

Wendy and Karen said...

Hi Bethany,

Thank you for comments and congratulations on your new camera!

I shot the blurred background pictures with my camera on manual at f2.2 and a shutter speed of 400. This is how I blur the background: First I put the camera on automatic, focus and look through the camera. I press the shutter release button half-way to see the light reading. In this case, the light reading was F5. I know that if I lower my f-stop, the background will blur more. I bumped my f-stop down to f2.2 but then I have to increase the shutter speed. I increase the shutter speed until the readout on my camera showed that I was neither over or under-exposed (those little + or - lines you can see as you are looking through the camera.)

In this case, I knew I wanted a pretty blurred background, but I also think that I took the f-stop down a bit too much. If you examine the picture of Kylie looking side-ways and holding the yellow bar, look at her white shirt sleeve. You'll notice there is a bit of a halo effect. That line isn't as crisp as I wanted. I think if I had a slightly higher f-stop, say 3.0, I still would have had some nice background blur but my edges would have been better/crisper.

Also, with that lowered f-stop, I really have to concentrate on the focus. I missed a couple of really great smiles of Kylie because my focus was a bit off. Even with the higher shutter speed, I had some blur. And the camera focused on the top of her head or her shirt instead of on her face where I wanted it.

I'm still learning about photography and my camera. I still feel like a complete novice much of the time. But I know that the way to get better is to get off automatic mode and learn from my mistakes.

The last thing I'll write is that I love to tweak my photos in Photoshop. My style (if I have one) is that I love really vivid colors. The pictures of Kylie that I posted yesterday were decent but just not vivid enough for me. So I adjusted the photo in Photoshop to get the look I like.

Hope this helps and let me know if you have other questions. Good luck!

Beth said...

Beautiful photos, as always. Adam liked them, too, and recognized Kylie! =)

We enjoyed our playdate so much yesterday... thanks for having us over. Looking forward already to our next one! =)

Bethany said...

seems like a lot to learn..but it wasn't all greek to me in your comment, so maybe i'm learning a little! :) :) I wish there were a class I could take locally, or you lived closer so we could go on photo field trips! :) Until then, I'll keep tinkering! Thanks!