Posts Tagged ‘IN FOCUS’

The power of the story

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Everyone has a lens through which they see the world and everyone’s view is a little bit different. The lenses are shaped by our stories and these stories are what give our lives meaning.

There is power in a story.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. It has the ability to tell a story with OUT words. Photographs are secret story tellers. They allow us to revisit stories with a glance. This is one reason I’m so drawn to creating them. I think the story is truly the essence of the art.

I want you to look at some images below. Some have a clear story. Some have back stories. Some have different stories to each viewer. I will share my thoughts below and ask that you do the same by leaving a comment if any of them move you as well. Tell me what story the image tells YOU. {This is a great exercise}.


A. “The road to unknown.”
To me, this image represents faith. Obviou (more…)

IN FOCUS tuesday

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Phew. Its been a busy summer (so far). And I realized that not only have we had no photography assignments or contests or anything of the sort lately, but we haven’t even had any reviews or photography tips either! The time has come! Lets talk about Aperture so we can come up with a fun assignment to go along with it.

Now, before we begin…you might revisit the other links about your dSLR cameras just for review. I’ll wait. Go ahead. IN FOCUS: camera basics and IN FOCUS: camera basics continued πŸ˜‰ All set? Ok.

QUESTION: how do you get the background of your picture to be blurry?

ANSWER: by adjusting aperture.

What is Aperture? well lets think of it like the pupil of your eye. The pupil dilates to let in more light…so the opening is LARGER to let in the most light. When there is lots of light around your pupil contracts and gets smaller to reduce the amount coming in. Your lens on your DSLR camera works in a similar way. When you close down the aperture (get ready to get confused…its when the f/ number is HIGHER like f/22), you let in less light. When you open the aperture value (f/ number is SMALLER f/1.8), more light comes in. The strange part is that the numbers are lower for a bigger aperture. (*for technical gurus…its b/c the value is a fraction). Nice, huh?

here’s a diagram of how it works. Notice the value of the f stops at very small aperture openings versus the value of the f-stops with very large openings.

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Aperture also controls depth of field which is what causes your backgrounds to be blurry. The wider apertures (think lower number) yield LESS depth of field which means that less of your image is in focus. This is great for portraits because we can focus on our subjects and disregard whatever background they’re standing in front of (to an extent) because it will be blurred out. BUT all of this can’t happen without the cooperation of shutter speed and ISO which we will begin to cover next week…so stay tuned. πŸ˜‰

Read more in depth coverage of Aperture here.

Happy snapping!

Spring Sounds (final round)

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Here they are!! Our guest judge will choose the winner and we will announce it Sunday! Good luck everyone!! Which one is YOUR very favorite? I have lots!! (more…)

your spring sound photos (round 2)

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

yall…these are all GREAT shots!! They’re all going to the final round. Period. πŸ˜‰ Tomorrow I will post the final round and then our guest judge will determine the winner for Friday!! Leave comments, tell us your favorites and why and encourage each other. :) Super job, everyone. I can hear the sounds in each one. Can you? (more…)

Your sounds of spring (Round 1)

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

You guys are cracking me up. These pictures are hilarious! and so awesome! Some of them I just burst out laughing when I saw….like the goose…I can just HEAR the goose honking as it flies away from its pursuer who is swimming faithfully behind. Or the calculator— (more…)

your spring pictures round 4

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

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Here they are! Round 4!! I have sooo enjoyed seeing all these wonderful submissions this week. Isn’t it inspiring? love, love, LOVE it. Tomorrow I will post all the entries (in smaller sizes) together and voting will begin!! Get geared up! (more…)

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