Know your Camera…

March 27, 2009 at 12:55 pm (Uncategorized)

Did I mention I took a Photography class through University of Hawaii? Well, don’t be impressed yet…because, this is the basics of all basics and the class was aptly titled: KNOW YOUR CAMERA 1. It basically taught me the different cool things my Canon XT (I need an upgrade BAD!) can do. Yup, I’ve only using the automatic functions of this camera since my hubby gave it to me for my birthday 2 years ago. šŸ˜€

Okay, so, I hear you guys asking me, why not read the instruction booklet that came with the camera, right? Hmm…it’s not Marisa-friendly… I don’t know what I was reading as far as aperture, ISO, and all those technical boo-hoo they were talking about. Besides, being a visual learner, I need someone to take my hand (not that my teacher had to literally hold my hand, mind you! hehehe!) and point out what the different buttons, menu and what those numbers are that I see when I peek through the eyepiece of this crazy camera of mine!

The class was shown the very basics starting with exploring the camera, taking it apart, what the lens can do, etc. Then we were given homework on our first week–btw, this class was every Monday for 5 weeks. The first homework was on aperture and to bracket or show different exposures changing the aperture by one F-stop — the normal, normal minus and normal plus of the same image using one of the compositional elements.

So, here’s my take on this homework using COLOR as my compositional element at normal exposure:

Our second week’s homework was on Shutter Speed–stop motion and stop action. Again, here’s my take on stop motion, normal exposure:

Our third week’s homework was on Portraiture. Here’s my take on it, it’s on normal exposure, but I felt it was overexposed:

Our fourth week’s homework was on Night Photography. Here’s mine on normal exposure:

Oh, while I was waiting for the sun to set to take our 4th week’s homework, I took this…my futile attempt on rule of thirds:

I submitted my sunset picture as an add-on photograph to be critiqued, which we did mostly on our last class last Monday. I think my teacher was prepping us for the next class. And yup, got me hooked and I signed up for the next class…Know your Camera 2! šŸ˜€


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