Ce'Nedra you make me
I cannot draw, but I know what I want people to see - I still prefer 35mm film to digital because there are so many variables to use - where the artist uses Oils, Pastels, watercolour, ink, charcoal etc. the photographer uses film speed, exposure, light, focus, aperture, lenses, filters and so on.
The canvas a photographer uses is the viewfinder, but when you press that button many things can happen in a split second to spoil the shot, and you maybe many miles away when you see the result of an un-noticed twitch in your body.
Dont try too hard, and you'll get a better picture. It is both Art and science. Once you understand the basics of art, ie perspectives, framing (as in the amount of visible image you want to include), colours etc, then you can look at the science of it. Example you go to a concert and want to take pics, use a fast film 1000ASA and you wont need the flash, most films are bar-coded now to tell the camera its speed, but you can tell the camera it’s a different speed to under or over expose even a single image.
Camera Lenses have an array of lenses inside the body, break with the law of photography shoot INTO the sun, but get the sun either in the top corner or just out of frame and you’ll see it refract through each lense giving that effect of several circles of light crossing the picture.
The camera DOES LIE – use your height to warp perspective – my scanners not set up at mo so cant show this pic, but I am 5’ 10” – the rock I am standing on is about 10’ high, my (ex) wife and youngest daughter (3ish at the time) are climbing it – It looks vertical it wasn’t – they look about 10’ up a thirty foot face.
Look at your lenses – there is a band near the camera body – the aperture ring from f=1 to f=22, this adjusts the iris in the lense varying the amount of light allowed in. This works great with an auto – exposure setting to either increase or decrease the ‘field of vision’ – ie whats in focus and whats not f=1 will give a very narrow depth of focus f=22 will give a deep band of focus. Using manual exposure this can be used to great effect in changing colours.
I’m gonna hafta rig up my scanner to illustrate what I’m saying, I’ll also start a new thread in Multimedia rather than add onto this thread.
But I’ll just finish this off by saying the most I persevered to get a picture was about 30 minutes – trying to get a hoverfly to hover long enough to capture it in mid air and still. And finally just to capture everyones imagination here is one of my favourite underwater pics.
Red Sea Nov 2001
My camera Sea and Sea MX5 point and shoot (36m depth rating)