This month we are really getting down to the nitty gritty of photography. Jude is challenging us to move away from the automatic mode and start using other camera settings. This week it is experimenting with the “aperture”.Go here to Jude’s post, she gives an excellent description of how to use it.
It is too cold and wet today to be in the garden, so a good day to be messing about in my “art/play room”.
This week's assignment - Take three images of a chosen subject at three different aperture ranges. Low (shallow like f/1.8), medium (intermediate like f/5.6) and high (deep like f/11). Which photo pleases you the most. Why is that?
I have 2 cameras a Cannon Powershot SX 40 and a smaller Cannon Powershot SX 720. The main camera that I carried everywhere with me as we traveled around Australia is the Cannon Powershot SX 40. It never left my shoulder. But when we stopped travelling I decided I needed a smaller camera that would fit in my bag so bought the Cannon Powershot SX 720. So I checked their settings to see what they will do. Yes they both have an “AV” aperture setting. So here goes…
This is my big camera, taken with the small camera with aperture settings from left to right of 3.3, 5.6 and 8.0. The smallest to largest it had available.
Doesn’t seem to be much difference…
Then using this big camera I set up a rather messy still life in my art/play room. It is a very untidy place as I have been working on a number of projects whilst at home.
The big cameras apertures were from left to right 2,7, 5.6 and 8.0… Still doesn’t seem much difference.
This is the smaller SX 720 camera taken with the bigger camera. It’s smallest aperture, from left to right, was 2.7 then the 5.6 and 8.0 were the same on both cameras.
Then using this camera I took the same 3 still lives. Left to right 3.3, 5.6 and 8.0
Well I do not have a favourite as they all look alike so I’m not sure that this was a success, but I tried. I will maybe have another attempt when the weather clears and set something up outside. Maybe my cameras haven’t a wide enough range of apertures to get the affect I’m aiming for. Or maybe I need a better subject. But then don’t they say “the bad work man/woman blames the tools”…
So come on all you camera buffs give it a go. Read Jude’s post and see what you can do.