Today was day two of my second semester, but even more exciting is the fact that I got a couple of new toys for my camera! The first was one that I ordered with my camera. Doing so saved me $150! It is a zoom lens, and it is really nice.
It can bring objects into focus that are much farther away than the basic lens can. It can’t do anything close up, but for things farther away, it’s great.
Unlike little point and shoot lenses, the lens extends out as you zoom in.
The other thing that I got was an external flash.
I had never seen the point to these, as a flash always creates a harsh light on the subject you’re photographing. But that is just the flash that is built in, because it is aimed directly at the subject. Once I read how to use an external flash, I knew I needed one. An external flash solves the harsh lighting problem by allowing you to aim the flash somewhere else and bounce the light off the ceiling or the wall. It lights your scenes much better than a plain flash can.
So, after opening them and figuring out how to work them, I took my camera outside to test out the new zoom lens. It is so much better for outdoors than the basic lens.
I have more pictures of cats that are really good, so I’m going to save them for a separate blog post. Otherwise the posts take forever to upload.
There are a few more pictures that I took that weren’t quite as good as these, but I did make a facebook album if you want to see them.
Ok, back to school. Today I got my first assignment in my photography class. 30 pictures of any subject matter of my choice. Subject matter being something like nature or houses. My teacher was very clear that he did not mean a subject, such as a flower or one building. He said that no matter what someone always misunderstands him and brings in 30 pictures of their coffee cup or something, so he wanted to be as clear as possible that he wanted variety in our pictures. I’m not sure what I’ll do yet. Maybe cats. I’ve been taking a lot of cat pictures lately.
Our lesson today was about the different settings on our cameras, and what they mean. He had us take some test shots, so I’ll share them here. As a bonus you can see what my teacher looks like.
That’s my teacher, Rob Walters in the background.
My other ones were finding different ways to look at the phone on the desk.
Framing and camera angles make a big difference.
Come back tomorrow for pictures of cats! Doesn’t that sound exciting beyond measure?