I have been reading the camera manual for the Canon XT Rebel that I have had since Christmas 2007.
Better late than never!!
I like the auto button on my digital SLR.
It takes fine pictures on the auto button but I've been curious about the different terms and have been frustrated by poor light when taking my food photos during the winter months.
Every day for the last few weeks...
I take about 10 minutes to read the manual..
locate the appropriate buttons and push and turn the knobs and see if I can make something look different.
This week I have been trying to get straight in my mind about the aperture and what it means.
I'm learning why a low number means a large opening in the aperture letting in more light...
and why they call this an f stop number instead of aperture opening.
I finally found that if I think of the "f" as a 1....it will make more sense.
Instead of reading f/4.....I now say in my mind 1/4.
Thinking of it as a fraction....will make more sense when I am trying to remember that 1/4...
is bigger than 1/8.
The f means focal length and the "/ " means divided by.
Am I close?
I know now that the low aperture is what allows me to focus on a small subject and make the non important background blurry. This is referred to a shallow depth of field.
Low aperture lets in more light and is used for evening and indoor shots without a flash.
Higher aperture....like f/16 is used when you have lots of light and will have a large part of the photo in focus.
If you are an accomplished photographer...
it is not necessary for me to tell you how confused I am by my narrative.
I have decided to try putting what I am learning into my own words each week and see if that will help me remember.
I have been taking three or four photos at a time and then loading them onto the computer to see what the adjustment in settings has accomplished.
You might be wondering why I don't go take a photography class.
I will...oh I will.
Before I go though..
I want to know where the basic buttons are.
I want to know what an aperture does and what a shutter speed should be when you are taking a snow photo.
I want to know why snow looks grey or blue when it should look white.
I want to know what composition makes a beautiful photo.
I've learned something...
I think I love a challenge...
and I'm not afraid to push a few buttons to learn....
and I'm not afraid to look like a student in a classroom.
So tell me...
do you use the auto button or do you understand what your digital camera does?
I would love some feedback on what I think I am understanding.
all for now...