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New Year; New Goals

Welcome to 2017!

It’s a New Year and a time when many people set overreaching goals for themselves that usually fall by the wayside before the month runs out. I learned long ago that I will not lose 50 pounds before Spring; I will not exercise 4 days a week for an hour; I will not squeeze enough money out of my monthly budget to buy that new $1,500 camera. With advanced age, sometimes comes a little wisdom in knowing yourself and realizing you just should not set completely unrealistic goals for yourself. So, I set small, attainable goals. These are the ones you may actually have a chance to fulfill. Let’s talk about some Photographic Goals you can set for this year –and actually attain them.

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Photography, like most forms of art and science has rules. The rules are meant to be your guideposts to creating an aesthetically pleasing image. The rules of composition have been around since long before photography was invented; their origin goes way back to the old masters who first put brush to canvas. We have become “genetically engineered” to expect these rules in our art. However, art being what it always has been, sometimes it’s exciting and daring to break the rules.

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Aperture Part 2 -How it Effects the Photograph

Aperture does more than just allow a lot, or a little light to enter the lens.  Aperture controls Depth of Field.  By using depth of field appropriately, you can create the artful images you desire.
Depth of field is the amount of the picture that is in focus.

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Aperture Part 1: How Aperture Works

Our last technical discussion was about shutter speed to control the freezing of motion or showing the blur of motion. This one will be about aperture.  Part 1 will discuss how it works.

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Shutter Speed -Part 2

Part 2 -Showing Motion


In Shutter Speed Part 2 will concentrate on how the camera utilizes shutter speed speeds to get the picture you want.

Part 1 demonstrated the effects of a fast vs slow shutter speed.
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Understanding Shutter Speed Part 1

The difference Between Fast and Slow Shutter Speed

This post will be a Two Part Post, learning how to understand what effect shutter speed has on your picture.
Part 1 will demonstrate the difference between using a fast shutter speed to “freeze” motion, and a slow shutter speed to show motion.

Part 2 will be a more technical discussion on how to use shutter speeds in the camera and understanding how use the camera’s controls to adjust shutter speed.

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Hold that Camera Steady!

Learning the importance of holding the camera is critical.  So far my posts have been about some philosophy around photography. I also want this blog to be about techniques and learning about various ways to create the photographs you want. Therefore this post will start from the very beginning: Learning how to hold the camera steady.

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