I’ve decided it’s high time that I actually learned to use my nice camera that I bought last year. Using auto, macro mode to take pictures is not really using my camera to its full potential. I’d really like to get better at taking pictures of the food I make. Last night, I took a picture of my dinner, using my tripod. This is my favorite of the bunch:
This was on auto, but a least it’s a little less fuzzy using a tripod. This morning, I read over some of Ashley’s photography posts and then started playing with my camera. It was a frustrating, yet informative experience. I took first took pictures of my pumpkin breakfast bake.
Then I got hungry and took a break. This is the closest I got to what I thought was a ok shot:
So, the first few pictures went really, really poorly. Admittedly, so did the majority of my pictures, but at least some were headed in the right direction. I couldn’t get the color right. This bake is orange from the pumpkin, but you can’t tell. You can tell a little bit the the picture above.
Then, I spent an hour and a half fooling around and taking pictures of grape jelly/sauce.
After taking over 100 pictures, I finally started getting some shots I liked. They still aren’t what I wanted, but they are nearing it.
Some of the pictures I liked of the jelly ended up in my post about it. What I have learned from this session:
1. The light was too harsh to be taking pictures. The direct sunlight made it harder to take pictures and make adjustments.
2. I still don’t fully understand aperture, shutter speed and ISO. But, I know more than I did, will continue to educate myself.
3. I have a long, long way to go.
4. I love my camera!
Here’s a few auto shots for comparison’s sake: