This week on “Photos of the Week” I have chosen once again to go to some of those “Like” pages on Facebook. These pages have such a great collection of great photographers who have posted some of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen in such a great collection. Last week, I found several great photos that was very famous and the talk of the industry, one with a white tiger that was amazing. So, this week, take a look at what great photos I have found on the following “Like” pages. And perhaps you could go to these pages and “like” them yourselves.
AMAZING PICTURES (note: there are several “Like” pages called Amazing Pictures, but carefully look through them to get the real good ones.
JOY OF ANIMALS (If you love animals, all kinds, this is a great “like” page)
BROOKE SHADEN PHOTOGRAPHY
This photo is simply titled Bamboo Forest in Japan. Lovely green forest, with leading lines, makes a great composed photo. No photographer listed, but well done.
This is an amazing formation called “Wave Rock”. I don’t think we could get a feel for the size of this rock without adding the human in the picture. This makes the image more spectacular. Here is the description left with the picture:
Wave Rock is a natural rock formation that is shaped like a tall breaking ocean wave. The “wave” is about 14 m (46 ft) high and around 110 m (360 ft) long.
It forms the north side of a solitary granite hill known as “Hyden Rock” . Wave Rock and Hyden Rock are part of a 160 ha (395-acre) nature reserve, Hyden Wildlife Park.
This photo is amazing because it just has great leading lines, one of the things you look for in composition. Good color, amazing clouds, it just makes for a great winning photo.
Anyone who loves elephants, would love how this baby and mother are playing together. These animals are just adorable. Hard to think these get slaughtered as they grow their tusks, but, they are so photogenic. Alongside this photo was this caption:
Just need a little help here Mom!
This photo is just adorable. Anyone who knows this dog, knows that it is a very loveable pet, and can enjoy being with someone this small. A beautiful picture and oh so sweet.
PORTRAIT OF THE WEEK:
Brooke is one of America’s most influential and exciting portrait photographers of this century. Using ideas in her head, she often takes those ideas and creates self portraits of the thoughts that are running through her head. It must be fun to think of these things and then create them yourself. Think of the time it takes to put into a picture like this. Here is the description she put alongside this photo:
I have spent the last two days reflecting on the utter uncertainty that my life has taken on recently. It is welcome yet terrifying. It is motivating yet crippling. Maybe one day I’ll be able to share the depths of it, and maybe not. But in all of this thinking, I feel padded with community. That I can come here and tell you about the waves I’ve been riding up and down and up again is what moves me. I have spent time hiding in books, getting lost in fantasies and writing my own. I have poured over pages of poetry and found myself in the words of other poets. I am experiencing the duality of living a story and writing it at the same time. It is my greatest gift.
Brooke has a great website to see some of her other great photos. Please go to the following websites to see some more of her great work:
Congratulations Brooke. I hope to meet you some day and spend time with you in seeing how you create some of these amazing photos. I hope you enjoy this little bit of publicity throughout the world, because you deserve this recognition.
If you have the DSLR camera or equivalent, then you may constantly be thinking about shutter speeds and apertures. Which way should I lean? Should I use this aperture, or should I use this shutter speed, etc. So much to think about if you really want to be artistic in your photography. But, it’s worth it to know and learn all you can about this subject. I know I have posted and published articles before about both these subjects, but, I liked this article because it talks about the relationship between the two. It’s worth looking at and reading about so you can improve your photography. The article is written by: Joe Watson. His insight is really good, and I hope you get something from this article.
SHUTTER SPEED AND APERTURE
Understanding the relationship between aperture and shutter speed will help you take full advantage of your DSLR, allowing you to have more fun capturing photos. The aperture is the size of the hole in the diaphragm of the lens. It is possible to view this device when you look right square into the lens of the camera. The aperture diameter (size of the hole) is denoted by a sequence of f-numbers. The DSLR’s digital screen will display the aperture size, as well.
The smaller the f-number, the larger the aperture (hole), and consequently, the larger the f-number, the smaller the aperture. Every time you widen up one step (f/5.6 to f/2.8, for example), you allow in twice the amount of light. Reduce one step, and you let in half the amount of light. For illustrations of the actual aperture in the lens and its relationship to the f-stop numbers, go to my site, the link is at the bottom.
OK, so we know that aperture is the size of the opening in the lens where light enters, but how do you apply it to capturing images? Photography is all about getting the correct quantity of light for a given picture. At f/22, which is a very small aperture, less light will hit the image sensor compared to a picture taken at f/1.4, which is a very big opening. Keep in mind, though, that this is assuming the shutter is open for the same amount of time.
But you can get the identical exposure at f/22 as you can get at f/1.4 by simply lengthening the shutter speed, which causes the shutter to be open for more time, allowing more light in. Aperture and shutter speed settings combined allow a desired quantity of light to be exposed to the image sensor. Different combinations of f-stops and shutter speeds can achieve identical results in exposure. For example, f/8 at a shutter speed of 1/30, which will open the shutter for 1/30 of a second, will result in the same exposure as f/16 (smaller hole) at a shutter speed of 1/8 of a second. This is known as equivalent exposure.
Knowing that you can get the same exposure values using different combinations of f-stop and shutter speeds is one thing. Knowing when to use them is something else. Just because you will be able to get the same exposure does not mean that your image results will be the same. This is where the art of photography comes in.
Do you want a sharp image or some blur? Do you want everything possible in focus or just the subject? Once you decide the answers to these questions you can choose your settings for aperture and shutter speed.
DEPTH OF FIELD:
Shutter speed settings and the effects they have on your image are not too hard to understand. The longer the shutter is open (slower shutter speed), any objects that are moving in the field of the image will appear more and more blurred. Remember, though, that the subject doesn’t have to be the one moving to result in a blurred image. A slow shutter speed with a shaky hand can blur a picture as well. This is why a tripod is a good idea–and sometimes mandatory–for shots with slower shutter speeds. Aperture has an effect on something known as “depth of field”. The smaller the f-stop, which widens the diameter in the lens, the less depth of field. Consequently the bigger the f-stop, which shrinks the diameter of the hole in the lens, the more depth of field. The more depth of field, the sharper all objects in the field of view. With less depth of field, only the subject in focus will be sharp.
PUT IT TO USE:
It is not difficult to start experimenting with aperture and shutter speed and start getting quality results. Even the least expensive DSLRs on the market today have the tools necessary to aid beginner photographers when it comes to taking pictures on settings other than auto. Decide what type of picture and effect you want.
For the first example, we will use a candid portrait of a person’s face. The desire is to have the face fill the shot and to be the main focus point of the image. To obtain this result, put your camera on Aperture Priority mode. This is a setting that gives you control over the aperture while the camera takes care of shutter speed on its own. Now that you are in control of the aperture, go ahead and open it all the way. Focus on the subject’s face and take the shot. In taking this shot, you have reduced the depth of field so that only your subject’s face is in focus, blurring most everything else out.
I will use a landscape photo for the next example. Landscape photos require maximum depth of field. Put your camera on Aperture Priority mode like the example above. But this time, close or narrow the aperture all the way. Now that the aperture is very tiny, the camera will compensate on its own by forcing the shutter to stay open longer to get the right exposure. The result of this can lead to a blurred image, so a tripod is recommended.
For a final example, I will use a sporting event. This time, utilize the Shutter Priority setting on your camera. Shutter priority allows you to set the shutter speed on your own while the camera compensates for exposure by setting its own aperture. A cool technique to try is to slow the shutter speed down and take shots of the subjects running, jumping, etc.. The trick is to follow the subject with the camera while taking the shot at a slow shutter speed. If you are smooth about it, you will get a result that shows the subject mostly in focus but everything in the background blurred with motion. This will give the sensation of movement and speed in the photo. It’s not easy to achieve desired results, so take a lot of pictures.
What you want to do is try out these different techniques as often as you can. Get used to taking shots on settings other than full auto mode. Only once you get comfortable with the different camera settings and the relationship between aperture and shutter speed will you start to unlock the full potential of your DSLR camera.
About the Author This articles was written by Joe Watson from lrcamera dot com. “I practice photography as a hobby. I love to learn and write what I learn. I hope this helps anyone out there with a new DSLR camera.”