Today I finish a brief introductory course on DSLRs. The manner in which my digital camera works a subject into a photograph, has been somewhat demystified, and I can now switch into manual mode without feeling that I’m falling off a diving board into something dark and viscous.
Having puzzled the admixtures of f stops, shutter speeds, isos, white balance and depth of field, it is a relief to just play around with shutter drag. A slow shutter speed (1 sec), moderate aperture (f 8-11) low iso and with flash enabled, the aim is then to move the camera during the exposure, either physically, or by zooming the lens in and out. Sounds easy but too much movement produces nonsense and too little looks like camera shake.
The point of it all is to create momentum in stillness or capture movement in one – an effective effect when it comes right.
The following self-portraits showed me how much hands are involved in photography as well as the notion that we are all Cyclops, seeing with a third eye.
“There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” Ansel Adams“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.” Ernst Haas