Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Day 9 - Scales

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Day 9 - Scales is intriguing. I'm usually pretty good at memorizing stuff. Some of this is already in my brain...I've got ISO and Shutter Speed. I think because play with those most consistently on my camera, I feel comfortable. But the Aperture stops are taking some more time! 


EXPOSURE SCALES

ISO stops: 100 200 400 800 1600 3200 6400 etc.
Shutter Speed Stops: 1/1000 1/500 1/250 1/125 1/60 1/30 1/15 1/8 1/4 1/2 1″ 2″ 4″ 8″ etc.
Aperture Stops: f/1 f/1.4 f/2 f/2.8 f/4 f/5.6 f/8 f/11 f/16 f/22 f/32



The way Darcy summarizes it helps: 
If you don’t want to memorize stops, at least understand correlation:
The slower you shoot :: the brighter the image.
The higher the ISO :: the brighter and noisier the image.
The wider the aperture :: the brighter the image and the more shallow the DOF.

Day 8 - The Exposure Triangle

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More math EEK (sorta) in Day 8 - The Exposure Triangle ... though I like the "rules" or guidelines Darcy provides. They make sense to me:



  1. If you change your aperture, it changes how long you leave your shutter open.
  2. If you shoot on a low ISO you can leave your shutter open longer than shooting with a high ISO, because high ISO is more sensitive.
  3. If your aperture is wide open, you can only open the shutter for a tiny bit of time.
  4. If you make your aperture smaller, you can open your shutter for longer, because less light gets through the opening.
  5. If you shoot at an ISO of 100 you can shoot a longer exposure, even with the aperture more open.
  6. Low ISO and small aperture means the longest shutter speed.
  7. At an ISO of 100 and an ISO of 400, to get the same exposure, the aperture needs to be a lot more open for ISO 100 than 400.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Day 7 - TACKLING DEPTH OF FIELD

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Day 7 - TACKLING DEPTH OF FIELD... I feel like I made some progress here!




I can see the difference!  
Low number (F1.8) = wide aperture = SHALLOW depth of field. The front toy (which I was focusing on) is clear, those behind are progressively more blurry.

High number (F22) = small aperture = WIDE depth of field. The front toy (still focusing on) is clear, but so are the toys, computer and some of my livingroom/kitchen! 

Cool!

Day 6 - UNDERSTANDING APERTURE PART 2

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Day 6 - UNDERSTANDING APERTURE PART 2 ... HUH?! I love the "bokeh" effect - that's part of the reason why I bought my "nifty-fifty"... but, I think I'm going to have to press on to the "assignment" and then come back to help to understand this better. 

Day 5 - UNDERSTANDING APERTURE PART 1

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Day 4 - Controlling the Faucet definitely made my head spin. As I noted, math and I struggle. In my grade 12 year, my final math mark was 79%. Ouch. Just shy of honors - the only below 80 mark. But I held my head high. I KNEW I had earned that mark. It was rounded up. It was all me. 

Now on to Day 5 - Understanding Aperture Part I... I particularly like the image that Darcy created:


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Visually, this helps tremendously. I think I will keep referring back to this image as I practice. I have definitely taught the WHY of shallow vs wide depth of field in my film studies classes, but it is a whole different ball game when trying to figure out HOW they do this.  

I think I need to practice with a measuring tape.. my daughter is a little too active ;)



Sunday, July 28, 2013

Day 4 - Controlling the faucet


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Day 4 - Controlling the faucet is making my head spin a little!! I have a magnet on my fridge that reads "I'm too pretty to do math"... my excuse as an English major ;) Here's what Darcy challenged us with:

 Imagine the correct exposure of an image is ISO 400 at 1/100 sec.
You can halve the ISO and double the shutter and get the same exposure – ISO 200 at 1/50 sec. Using our analogy, you reduce the flow of water in half, you have to leave the faucet on twice as long to get the same results.
Likewise you could double the ISO and halve the shutter speed – ISO 800 at 1/200 sec. Meaning, you double the flow of water out of the faucet, and you only have to leave the faucet on half the amount of time.
In the above example, what’s the correct shutter speed if we move the ISO to 1600?
Which ISO would we choose if our shutter speed is 1/800 second?
Eek! I'm quaking in my boots here... but... HALF/DOUBLE... DOUBLE/HALF. I think I can remember that. I think I can. I think I can.

Applecheeks Diapers



My baby is a cloth diaper baby. In our house, we love Applecheeks! Unfortunately my only point of comparison are disposables - I went "all in" with buying diapers for her & didn't want to spend a little here & a little there only to wish I had spent it all in one place.

 What we love about Applecheeks: 
1) Made in Canada!

2) great colours & designs! We chose to stay with solid colours because we want our future babies to wear them, but how adorable are the following names?

  • Cherry Tomato 
  • St. Lucia 
  • Lemon Zest
  • Appletini
  • Forgetmenot 

3) containing the messes. I rarely have to clean a blow-out. The elastic on the waist & legs contains some of the biggest poops! Having spent the last week in disposables due to our trip, I have already had to clean up 5 blowouts &/ leaks. Gross. Not what I want while we're travelling and laundry is tougher to do. (Sidenote - they're not invincible. If you leave your mobile baby in a mess for too long it will leak out at some point.)

4) easy to clean. We use flushable liners & flush away the poop. I pull out the bamboo insert (though apparently you don't have to) & I chuck them in the washer. Easy.

5) This is both good and bad - Size 1 fit my daughter really well (people didn't even know she was wearing cloth!) They were super cute and rather stylish, that is until her legs pudged out. I had to move her up to size 2 when she was only 6 months old because the elastic of the size 1s were leaving marks on her legs and were too tight. I sure hope size 2 takes us to potty training!

Some struggles: 
1) long use. Because changing diapers at night = time to play for my daughter, I leave her in the same diaper for 12 hours. Even with 2 boosters, she still soaked through. I think she's a heavy wetter, but I don't have a point of comparison... So I use disposables at night time. The boosters work well during the day & easily contain pee for 4 hours (and for even longer if necessary).


Overall, I am a very happy Applecheeks customer! I have called their customer service line before with questions and they were very helpful. I also like that their website provides care instructions - it is because of this page that I use Tide Free for washing her diapers and I ONLY hang them to dry. Washing and then hanging them overnight (while she's in a disposable) means they are dry by the next morning for her to wear if I don't have any clean ones on hand.

**I was not compensated for this post. The opinions are my own as a momma.

Day 3 - Shutter Speeds: Shooting Fast vs. Shooting Slow


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Day 2 - Find your camera manual - so far so good. I'm frantically highlighting information and making notes.... I will definitely keep it open as I continue working through the next sets of tutorials.

Now on to Day 3 - Shutter Speeds: Shooting Fast vs. Shooting Slow. I had some fun with this one - I started with photographing dripping water and then I tried photographing my husband "juggling" his soccer ball.  Fun fun!  I've always been intrigued by water photos - the ones that make waterfalls look like one single blurred motion and then water droplets. So delicate. So beautiful. It was fun indeed. I took it a step further and explained this to my husband...

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Day 2 - Find your camera manual

As part of being more intentional with this blog, with my life, with my passions, I want to work towards this:


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Day 2 - Find your camera manual. Ok. Check! I have it saved electronically, and now I'm going to follow what Darcy has instructed... 

Please try and find the follow things in your manual:
camera modes
  1. How to change the mode of your camera – auto / program, aperture priority, shutter priority.
  2. What do the icons on your camera mean? The flower, the running man, a face, mountains, stars, etc. What does each symbol represent?
  3. Which wheel controls shutter speed, which wheel controls aperture?
  4. How to find the white balance menu, and change it.
  5. How to change ISO. These numbers will usually start at 100 or 200 and go as high as the camera allows.
I'm off to learn!

Day 1 - Welcome

As part of being more intentional with this blog, with my life, with my passions, I want to work towards this:

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Ok.  Let's get started: Day 1 - Welcome. The challenge from Darcy was "When did you realize how much you loved photos? What motivates you to love your images?"

I was 8 or 9 years old when my parents gave me my first camera - it was a Kodak Instamatic. I LOVED my camera. I took photos of anything and everything - Christmas presents, my brother, our pets, our yard... I went crazy. The quality of the photos wasn't spectacular, but I didn't care. I could take photos and keep a record of my life. I became even more excited when my parents gave me my first set of cube flashes, because then I could take photos indoors too. I think that's where my love began...and since then I've been recording! I have BOXES of film from the many other cameras I've had along the way (one of my other projects is digitizing the film)... though most recently (back in 2008!) I purchased a Canon Rebel XS. While I know it is not the fanciest camera out there, I have been pleased with the photos I have taken thus far. I bought it with the intention to learn how to shoot photos using manual settings, but I became side-tracked by life. One of my goals this year is to be more intentional, and I hope that this series will help me in this goal to learn more about my camera and ultimately learn to take better photographs as I record the lives of our family.