Thursday, September 10, 2009

Oh Shoot! Beginning Digital Photography Class

I started my Oh Shoot! Beginning Photography class and I really love it so far! It was so much fun practicing with different shutter speeds and getting the lighting just right. Fortunately, I've already been practicing with the ISO, so I think I'm getting pretty good with that, but we'll see when we get to that lesson now won't we? I'll probably find out that I've got it all wrong. LOL I haven't done my practice assignment on Panning yet and I haven't done my creative assignment yet, but I'm looking forward to it, even though I'm not sure how creative I am. Hmmm, guess I'll find out soon enough!

Anyway, I took lots of photos of my dog Sunny running on the beach and some of my daughter Kasey jumping in the backyard for me, but these were the two I chose to submit to my class gallery.

Lesson 1: Shutter Speeds

Fast Shutter Speed ~ 1/3200
ISO ~ 800
F-Stop ~ 2.0
Focal Length ~ 50.0 mm

Slow Shutter Speed ~ 1/15
ISO ~ 800
F-Stop ~ 22.0
Focal Length ~ 50.0 mm

These photos have not been edited.....we're not allowed to in our class, so that way our instructor can critique our work, straight out of the camera.

My photos were taken with the...

Canon Rebel xsi
Canon EF 50 mm Lens
Tiffen Filter UV Protector

***Yay, I'm so excited! I got it right! My instructor critiqued my first assignment and so I decided to add her comment, so I can keep a record of how I am doing.

This is what she wrote:

candice*stringham [Sep 16, 2009 at 12:53 AM]
Debra- GREAT job! You did an incredible job handholding at 1/15 second. The rocks are tack sharp yet the water is silky smooth, whereas in the other photo the water droplets are frozen. Shooting in dappled sunlight is one of the trickiest for your camera to meter correctly. You increased the ISO which works here because of the shade and the dark grey rocks, and the end result is a perfect exposure. I'm so glad you had fun with this lesson!

[Sep 16, 2009 at 05:30 PM]
Yay....I got it right! Candice, thank you for your reply! I look forward to all of your critiques, so that I can learn and improve. Woo hoo, this is so fun!!!


  1. I love these... I really need to take a class!

  2. okay, I thought I loved the first photo, until I saw the second photo and then I was really in LOOOOOVVVVVVEEEE!!!! OMG, DJ you have to teach me, I don't know if I can wait that long for the next class. I so love the blur pic! maybe I'll just set my camera to all of your settings when you post your pics! :) Love you!

  3. Beautiful picture, the second one with the blur is my favorite. I do this technique when taking pictures of waterfalls. It makes such a difference. I am hosting a giveaway on my blog that you might want to enter, especially since you have so many beautiful pictures you could choose from. If you have time, head on over and check it out.

  4. The blur pic is totally cool! Can't wait to see some others with more color in them!

  5. Thank you all, for your encouraging comments. This assignment was so fun! I just received my instructor's critique and added it to the bottomof my post....I'm so excited that I got it right! Woo hoo!

  6. Yay for you! I know nothing about photography, but I'm excited for you.

    Hope you have a great week! :)

  7. Thanks Leah, you're so sweet! Hope you have a geat week too. :)



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