Sunday, 31 August 2008

Learning How to Take Photos

For a long time I have wanted to learn how to use my camera properly, normally I put it into automatic, point and click!  The pictures turn out sort of ok, and I console myself by saying you are not a photographer so you don't need to take good photos!  Unfortunately this answer never really convinced me and the niggling feeling still remained, there are lots of settings and dials on my camera that I don't know what they do - I have read the manual, put the dials in to right place and taken a shot to prove what it did, but that is as good as it got.................. I never really grasped how to put it all together.

But today I turned a corner.  'Arty' (real name Helen) who had attended Margaret's Bag workshop had kindly said that she would spend the day with us and teach us a few basics.  So Deb, Margaret, Sharne and I (the School House Four) arrived at North Fambridge armed with camera, instruction book and awaited illumination.  Arty patiently explained 'white balance' and 'bracketing' both of these functions were to be used together!  We were also introduced to a small white tent that you put your objects in and photograph - all a bit strange but it certainly cut down the shadows (needless to say, Sharne and I had to dash out a buy one - because of course this will make us take much better photos! nothing at all to do with skill or patience!)

We were then given a lesson in Adobe Photoshop and layers.......... she made it all sound very easy whilst she was talking us through it.  detail of bag

These are two of my pictures which I took under Arty's supervision, I have also edited them using Paint Shop, and must say I am quite pleased with the results.

detail of book cover



Thanks Arty.

Arty then showed me how to take a close up using the aperture settings on the camera, this make the main subject matter in focus and smudges the background matter.  This is the photo that she took - fairly appropriate as the piece of work which I have just finished was based on elderberries - photo of this to come as Arty took a 'proper' shot of this piece of work for me to use!

eldberry detail