Wednesday, March 03, 2010

12 Weeks to Better Photography


Meredith over at La Buena Vida came across this project and asked people to participate. Her posts will show up every Tuesday, but since I'm doing Ten on Tuesday I'll probably end up posting these a day behind. Or early. I don't know. Depends on how I feel.

Now I don't have a fancy DSLR. I have a little Canon PowerShot SX110. It has some manual settings and is considered a megazoom. I bought this over a DSLR because I wanted a great zoom without buying a bunch of lenses, I wanted something a little more portable, but I still wanted some advanced settings. The first week's lesson is on aperture or f/stop. My f/stop only goes from 2.8 to 8 unlike the 1.4 to 22 that a SLR will do.

The lesson has you take a picture at the lowest, midrange and highest settings. Here's my picture at 2.8.


At 4.5


and at 8.


See how the background started out blurry and then gets clearer? That's aperture. The next lesson is on shutter speed. Here's the link to lesson one if you want to follow along!


  1. I LOVE, absolutely LOVE your header picture! (Found you via La Buena Vida).

  2. Great job, the pear looks huge!!! It's kind of like when you close one eye and focus on one thing and then focus on what is behind it and the object starts to blur! Pretty neat!

  3. Your camera is totally comparable to a DSLR--and FWIW, your camera has a lower f stop than a lot of DSLRs with kit lenses.

    Hope you enjoy...and definitely post on whatever day works for you. Tuesday Shmoozeday.

  4. John the HusbandMar 4, 2010, 5:01:00 PM

    @ A Wedding Story - That effect is called paralax and it is how we are able to figure out mathematically how far stars and other things are from earth. Wierd science tip of the day. You're welcome.

  5. I like your pictures! I'm looking at a new camera too, either the Nikon Coolpix P100 or the Canon SX20 IS, so I won't be using a DSLR either. I think we can still take pretty awesome pictures though. :-)

  6. Thanks for the nerd info babe. It could also be that I was sitting really close to the pear. :)

  7. OK--I tried to take my pictures today and they were all washed out except for the ones at f/8. What other settings did you use so that your pictures are evenly exposed?

  8. The Mrs: Have you tried changing the exposure and/or the ISO? I think I used auto for ISO and it was at an 80. It was bright outside. I did change my exposure a bit and it was -1/3.


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