Photography Lesson


If I try to teach you, maybe I will learn something myself! 

Setting up my flower brooches for photography is an ever changing experiment.  Just from practice and experimentation, I feel the photos have gotten more interesting…..I really like “styling” these setups, and enjoy hunting through the house looking for props.   Everyday objects, like this beautiful milk glass dish, and my weathered wood bench were what appealed to me for this photo shoot:




I’ll keep playing around, hopefully my composition and camera skills will develop with both taking these “ flower portraits” and photography, in general,  beyond the automatic settings.  Jeff has given me a few hints  for taking still photos.   To take a good photograph, you need good light.  Here are a few ways to optimize use of  light :

1.  ISO is a reference to films sensitivity to light, even though this is digital camera, remember we used to buy film with ISO choices…100, 200, 400?  Set ISO to a lower number,  this will give the best picture quality.  An ISO of 100 to 200 is good.  As the number increases, the image will get grainer.   At higher ISOs the camera will find more usable light in darker settings, but your picture quality will suffer.  

2.  Decide on your Fstop (aperture), your depth of field choice.  Which means you want everything in focus, or you want a focal point with everything else in front and back of the point to be out of focus (blurred).  The lower the fstop number the less depth of field.  For something with depth,  set your fstop high, like F13 or above.  The higher the number, the better  depth of field, but more light is needed for proper exposure.


This is a good illustration of  a need for a higher Fstop….the right edge of this button is in focus, but everything else is not. 

3.  Lighting….the slower the shutter speed, the more light is allowed in .  But if the speed is under 1/50th of a second your hand will not be steady enough…you need a tripod.    So its best to have lots of natural light available, or use artificial light. 

There are settings on most manual controlled digital cameras that set one of these 3 elements as a given, and automatically adjust the others for proper exposure.  For example, my camera has a AV setting that you choose the “aperture value” and it sets the other two to work with that. 

There, I have recorded these fundamentals, in a way that I can understand them, and maybe you will find this helpful too.   

Of course, any further thoughts, discussion and tips would be appreciated!

10 responses »

  1. Yes, face to face would be good….but not from me! I would just confuse you and myself at the same time…

  2. Hi Marlene: I tried to apply these fundamentals this weekend, and decided I really need to review the camera’s handbook first. Yes, these pins are at the store, I made light pink, winter white, and black….and will make some light blue and red ones this week.

  3. Luckily I have a good camera that mostly takes excellent pictures by itself, but I am afraid to experiment with technology; like somehow I won’t understand it. Love the pins-I am drawn to the colors. Are they going in the store?

  4. I need a face to face lesson. As easy as you are making it sound, you’re talkin’ gibberish!!!
    I never take our camera off the auto. But I would like to learn.

  5. I have to read this all again this weekend when my brain is clear. This is all info I understand for a minute and instantly lose. But I’d like to try again. I love your photos.

  6. I REALLY love them posed on the dish! I think the addition of props makes them look even lovelier. Well done! 🙂

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