Evoke the senses

How do you Capture what you feel in a photograph?

Photography is nothing more than capturing light, and freezing a moment in time.  With the cameras of today we have the luxury of instant feedback and the ability to adjust and change are results immediately.  If you have a DSLR , a micro four thirds, or any other type of digital camera that allows you to manually change your settings, you have the basics to creating great photographs the way you envision them and want them to be.  It’s kind of ironic that so much effort is put in to developing preset functions on digital cameras while most, if not all, professorial photographers will tell you that to really get the results that you want switch to manual.  It may feel like quite a daunting task, but with practice it becomes comfortable and the results are definitely more rewarding.  When I finally made the switch from the presets to manual I kind of did it cold turkey.  Along with that switch came the switch from JPEG to RAW.  What a difference it makes.  The training wheels were off and I was free to create what I wanted to, to share with others the way I interpreted the world and to really appreciate the art of photography.  With the vast, almost endless knowledge that is literally at our fingertips it seems a waste not to do so.  There are many variances that help shape your photograph such as composition, lens/focal length selection, and lighting to name a few. In the end after you have your camera, picked your lens and set your composition you still have a few more decisions to make namely shutter speed, aperture, and ISO.  Getting to know these three settings is the true key to unlocking the full potential of your camera, and ultimately you as a photographer.  Each one of these settings effect how your camera sensor sees the light and they all work together.  Here’s  the quick breakdown of each; Shutter speed is pretty much self explanatory, it’s the amount of time that your camera’s sensor is exposed to the light.  Aperture is related to the opening in your camera that determines how much light that comes through by opening or closing down a circular opening, similar to the way the iris of your eye works.  ISO settings determine how sensitive your sensor is to the light.  The three of these have different effects on your final photograph and each setting effects the other. This doesn’t even scratch the surface of your cameras settings, it just gives you a view of it.  I’ll go in to more depth over the next few posts with photographs to demonstrate the effects that each setting changes.  What would you like to learn? Share it in a comment below and I’ll be sure to get back to you.