On the 27th September I headed to Manchester Photographic to learn the basics of my camera and take it off auto:
the day stared with an introduction to the company and a tutorial on the different settings on my camera. I knew a little bit but didn't really know the full benefits of each setting before.
we learnt about aperture, shutter, and how to have your camera on manual incorporating what we'd learnt.
I believe that the higher the shutter speed, the better it is for moving objects (?) I hope I got that right!
The lower the AV (aperture) the less focused the surrounding areas are. This is good for focusing on small objects such as a bug or make up and blurring the surrounding areas out.
Similarly the higher the AV is, the less focused the background is. This is good for landscape photos such as a city, or group photos of people when they want the background to be in focus.
Shutter speed (or S/TV on your camera settings) is the speed that it takes for the camera to take a photo.
According to my notes, f/2 meant a wide aperture with a narrow depth which is good for nights, gigs and light. I'm going to test this out on bonfire night.
And finally ISO (formally ASA) is a 'cheats' way of getting more light into a photograph. It can make pictures look grainy though so be careful with this setting.
After we had our tutorial, we had some lunch and got into groups to try our new knowledge out in the real world.
Our group were given the task of photographing individuals
This turned out to be harder than I thought as I was trying to remember everything that I'd learnt
I don't think that I did too badly considering we had to be discreet when taking photographs of people.
I had a really good time and would like to thank Joes Bloggers and Currys for the invite, and Manchester Photographic for teaching me how to get my camera off auto.
for more information and to read Currys blog post about the day, click here