My latest creative endeavor is learning how to use a DSLR camera. I don’t remember what DSLR stands for. All I know is that it’s bigger than a point and click and has a lot more buttons. More importantly, all other things being equal, it somehow takes nicer pictures. Also we happen to have one already, so I figured I may as well learn how to use it.
We saw the movie, Chronicle, last night. It’s entertaining as a portrayal of high school guys goofing around, less successful as an exploration of how power affects us or teen angst, but generally pretty good. IMDB gave it a rating of 7.2. The best thing about it was the way it was filmed — through the lens of a teen chronicling his life with a video camera. Sort of reminds me of the way we chronicle our lives through blogging.
I’ve discovered the Aperture setting, which allows me to play with the depth of field while the camera adjusts the ISO and shutter speed. If you’re like me and all these terms are mostly mumbo jumbo, Mustard Ceiling has a clear and concise explanation. Photography Tips: ISO, aperture, and shutter speed.
I didn’t quite achieve the look I wanted — clear subject against a blurry background — but I got some decent shots of my motorcycle helmet, which I’ve been wanting to do, and I finally figured out what all those buttons are for.
Photography tutorials (that I haven’t yet done, but they look great):
Darcy’s 31 Days to Better Photos
Blogging Photography Tips at Between Naps on the Porch