I brought a cheerful bunch of people outside today in the Baroni garden in Rosendal. Mission of the day: Use the manual button, NOT the auto! Making that perfect BLUR! Learning these important S and A settings give you so many opportunities!
The Baroni in Rosendal gives the perfect environment to take pictures with atmomsphere. Learning to use the camera means you have to actually use the camera!! Theory in practice. If you know how to set the shutter speed (S) and aperture (A) , ..and ISO, you know alot already and can really take some nice pictures. You just have to dare switch to M (manual) instead of the auto button!
But you need a motive, and why not bring something from home to focus on. Like this dark green retro mug….one of my favorites! A low number “f” (A-apperture) gives you a really blurry backround letting you focus on that one object. But you need a objective that lets you go that low! I have a 50 mm lens. Here I`ve used f/ 1,8 . Go as low as you can with the objective you have. Move the object in front of the camera back and forth til you get the right focus and blur! The S shutter decides how much light you want! Do you want the motive as it is with its natural light or perhaps you want is darker or lighter. The more time it takes for the shutter to close the more light you let in. These pictures have a shutter at 1/500. (one five hundred of a second). Quite quick. These two are on a team. It he f is a larger number, the shuttertime need to be longer! ( lower number). The A & S basically make the Manual settings. I usually have my ISO on 400. Unless its dark and I need more light. Then I might go a little higher. But be aware the higher ISO the more noise in the image.
Start by taking a photo of the mug on a flat surface. This way you can test the light and the object. See if you miss anything. Which section do you want covered. Where is the light coming from? What details do you want sharp? Which details do you want to be blurry? In this case the cup itself was boring alone, but was the main object. I wanted a real autumn feeling. So I added a bunch eaves. And let less of the treetrunk show in the backround, it was just too massiv and dark. (This is the picture of the cup alone.) Look at the before and after picture under.
Adding people to a picture gives it more personality and atmosphere. More history! So I added my hand and arm. But the details count! That day I had on my olive green coat and a rusty colored woll sweater. Perfect matching fabrics with those rusty, green and yellow colors.. In this particular picture I decided to add a bit more of the truck, since my arm is covering alot of it. It adds contrast and depth.
Lens: AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G
Settings: ISO 400 50 mm ƒ/1.8 1/500
It`s all about the details! Here are some photoes from the photostyling workshop I had today. Will show you more during the week!
Read more about it at Fotovideo