Category: Shutter Speed

Next steps on this learning journey

By , January 5, 2011 8:56 pm

I have been away from this blog for several months. I have been taking this learning about photography, specifically with the Canon T1i camera, a step at a time. I have been busy taking pictures each day of 2010. I completed my goal of achieving 365 shots for 2010. Here’s a sampling of some of my photos:

Here is my link to my Flickr Set for the entire year- 365 pictures! They say the best way to learn your camera is to use it. I agree and feel that I got proficient, in particular, in using the Manual setting. I got better at composition filling the frame, and noticing more details around me. I certainly am learning more about flowers and plants (was woefully ignorant). I’ve learned how “to press the shutter button” correctly. I know more about white balance, exposure, shutter speed, and many other things. I still have much more to study so I’m going to go back through some of the items I had previously read but maybe not always applied. I want to improve my skills. I need to internalize lots of  things and get a better grasp of specific concepts. Some days I became so preoccupied with getting my picture of the day that little time was left over to review things and expand my learning. This year I’ve joined an EdTech 52/2011 group. That’s one photo a week. I’m hoping I can review, refresh, and log my continued  learning  on this blog.

So that’s my next step to becoming a better photographer.  Perhaps it will even help another “new” learner. I’m looking forward to the learning journey!

Flickr Photo Credit

Aperture, Shutter Speed & ISO

By , April 24, 2010 7:56 pm

Now I’ve tried to simplify these definitions but that is no easy task. Whole books are written in great detail about these terms. However, for now I am going to concentrate on remembering that all three of these directly relate to each other and work together to enable a photographer to capture images in creative ways. That said, I need to get lots of practice using different settings in each feature so I can begin to understand their relationships and power.

Next I am going to post about the different shooting modes.

Shutter Speed

By , April 24, 2010 7:28 pm

The shutter speed controls controls the duration of light. The length of time is the shutter speed and it is measured in seconds. 1/30 second, 1/250 second, 3 seconds, etc. On the T1i the shutter speeds range from 30 seconds to 1/4000 second when you shoot without the flash. There is another feature in the manual mode called bulb exposure. It lets the shutter stay open indefinitely as long as you press the shutter button. If you use the built-in flash, the fastest shutter speed in 1/200 second and the slowest ranges from 1/60 second to 30 seconds depending upon the exposure mode.

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