So this assignment from C&C Photography (our last assignment *snivel*) really was quite difficult for me. I suppose if I had a DSLR camera it might have been a bit easier, but I have a Sony Cyber-Shot with automatic focus and "fool proof" image capture, and it doesn't like it when things are out of focus.
Praise God for the Internet. Here's what I learned. Set my camera to "Program". Set ISO to 200. Put Steady shot on "Auto" and turn off face detection. Focus depth should be set at 0.5m. Turn on the macro (flower) setting. I still have no idea how to control my f-stop (if that can even be done). Another handy bit is to focus on the object that you want to photograph with the "take the photo" button half depressed (I know there's a better term for this, but I don't know what it is). Then set up the shot with what you want in focus juxtaposed with what you want out of focus while still holding down that button. Snap the photo. Voila. This also works if you want something out of focus. Focus on it, hold the button half way down, then move the camera out of focus.
So here's my submissions. I wasn't able to figure out the water shot. But I got some shots that I'm pretty darn happy about.
My favorite photo is still my favorite from the first week. I love the color and the way the light works in the photo.
My biggest lessons in this course came this week. Learning how to play around with my settings on my camera and realizing that it can do much more than point and click was a revelation. I also LOVED having these assignments. It gave me some direction and a way at looking at my subjects, framing, and just what takes a photograph from good to beyond.
Now I'm going to scour the web for more photo inspiration. C&C, you've created an addict!