It's not quite the Twelve Days of Christmas, but we've started to decorate for the holidays. Every year I try to remember to take a shot of our Christmas tree, but I always seem to forget. This year, I'm going to capture our tree AND help you take a better picture of yours.
White balance is one of those settings on the camera that no one really knows much about, particularly since there's an "automatic" option on the dial. Most of the time, setting your white balance to automatic is acceptable, particularly if you're editing your photos after you take them and can adjust colour as needed. Adjusting colour in post-processing can be a lot of work, though, and you may find that your camera can help you out a little bit if you adjust your white balance settings.
The second element in the Exposure Triangle is shutter speed. Your shutter speed represents the amount of time that the camera’s shutter stays open when you’re taking a photograph. The longer the shutter speed is open, the more light reaches your camera's sensor.
You’ve seen them everywhere—those photographs with a tack-sharp subject and a blurred out background. How does that happen? The secret is in the aperture setting. (Before you read on, you might want to open this Glossary of Photographic Terms.)
The word “photography” comes from the Greek words “photo,” which means light, and “graph,” which means drawing—it literally means to draw with light. This blog is called Find the Light, because photography is all about understanding how to use the light that’s available to create the picture you want.
I often think that photography is intimidating to many people because the lingo sounds so complicated. I’ve started this glossary off with terms that I will be using in my posts, and will add more as needed along the way. I’ll link back to this post when I use terms that are defined here. If there’s a term you need explained, leave a comment and I’ll add it.