First, can I say that this is the kind of photo shoot Smokey can handle;) Here is the Daily Chuck.
Now, to the meat. I read a lot this weekend, and I learned a lot...but not enough:P
I kinda knew that shooting good pics is all about light. I figured out that Aperture is the amount of light you let into the camera. This is determined by your "f-stop". A low f-stop (lowest my lens goes is 3.5) means that your background will be out of focus. A high f-stop (highest my lens goes is 22) means the whole photo will be in focus.
Currently, I'm just trying to get the hang of Aperture setting. I get shutter speed sorta, but currently, I have no business trying to set that as well. My camera has a setting for aperture. The problem I had with this shoot is that when I set my camera on "a" and set my own aperture, I could not get the camera to auto focus. Dang it:P
I took about 50 shots of lazy Mr. Smokey...many of them were out of focus. The hell? How do I know when I'm setting the focus, if it's out of focus? I gotta read up on focus and auto focus. It seems wrong to me that if I'm on the "a" setting, that I can't still be on auto focus.
I'll tell you one nifty thing I learned. Do you shoot in RAW, or .jpg? One of the reasons I was scared to shoot in RAW is because the files are SO big. The Bro told me that when you import RAW pics into Photoshop, you can easily color correct for daylight vs fluorescent, or shade, or cloudy...
Well, did you know that you can shoot in .jpg, and still "open camera in raw"? You can! Usually I open my photos right in iphoto. Today, I opened them in Adobe Bridge. You can go to open>open camera in raw and do the color correction right there! Totally psyched when I figured that one out:)
So, I'm learning. I'm disappointed about this pic, because I wanted the background to be more out of focus:P Don't get me wrong, I'm happy Mr. Smokey is finally in focus...I just want to get this already.
I get it, I get that I've only been at it for five days, but I'm one of those people who likes to be good at things. Which means that learning hurts sometimes:P So bring on the next Daily Chuck Heather...I'm learning every step of the way;)