Ya’ll! Tonight was so much fun! I’m seriously lying here, in bed at 11:30--way past my bedtime!--typing this into my phone because I cannot sleep! Tonight I got to attend the Boom Boom Click Photography Workshop, hosted by Kaci Jo Bute Photography. I bought a DSLR camera a few years ago because I wanted to provide high(er) quality photos for my blog; this was before the iPhone had such a stellar camera! Well, I bought this Nikon D3300. It has so many features but they are pretty much worthless if you have the experience of a kindergartener, like me!
When I saw Kaci Jo’s post on Facebook about offering a workshop for DSLR basics I jumped on it! I have been dying to explore my camera out of "Automatic" mode. You might remember seeing Kaci Jo's name on a few posts in the past, she has been collaborating with me to bring out the best of Rad Maverix Brand. You can see some of Kaci’s work with Rad Maverix Brand, here + here. Of course the Boom Boom Click Workshop was held at one of the chicest places in Pawhuska, OK. Osage Outfitters, full of new, used + vintage items, you’re sure to leave with something, big or small.
The 3 pillars of photography
Boom Boom Click Workshop
A few of the things we learned were ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed, the three pillars of photography. Of course, prior to taking the workshop all of this was way above my level of expertise-or the lack thereof.
ISO – the level of sensitivity of your camera to available light. The lower the ISO number, the less sensitive it is to the light and the higher the ISO number increases the sensitivity of your camera. One thing that really stood out to me was the fact that the higher the ISO (mine ranges from a base ISO of 100 all the way to 6400) the grainy-er the photo was—you should try to stick with the lowest ISO – or “base” – to get the highest image quality.
Aperture – the hole within a lens, through which light travels into the body of the camera. The easiest way to remember aperture is associating it with your pupil. The cornea in your eye is like the front element of the lens as it gathers all external light, then bends it and passes it to the iris. The iris will then expand or shrink depending on the amount of light, thus controlling the size of the pupil.
Shutter Speed – shutter speed can also be referred to as “exposure time”, which stands for the length of time a camera shutter is open to expose the camera sensor of incoming light. If the shutter speed is fast, it can help freeze action completely, if the shutter speed is slow it can create a “motion blur” effect. Motion blur is where moving objects appear blurred along the direction of the motion, mostly seen in waterfall photos.
I'm so excited to use these tips to improve my photography skills.
Here’s what my night looked like:
Until next time... I have lots of work to do with my camera :)