Get a tripod. Wait until after sunset. Wait a bit longer.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I wanted to balance the dim light of the art
with the flash, which is so much more powerful.
To capture the art, I needed ISO 1600, and a wide angle lens
at the widest aperture to get the light and
so I could hand hold at the low shutter speed of 1/4 second.
I took some shots with no flash.
And with the flash shots, I bounced the flash off the ceiling so
it was not so bright that it would burn out the background art.
Monday, May 4, 2009
If you want to make sure the background is sharp
or make sure it is out of focus, you need to understand
depth of field. That's determined by the aperture, as
well as the lens length, and the proximity to the subject.
This is the basic grammar of photography.
I always spend a lot of time in a workshop showing
how f4 looks a lot different from f16.
You can control what's in focus and what is not.
Don't just shoot on auto mode.