You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.
– Ansel Adams
Amongst plenty of very exciting events that have happened recently, I need to announce that I got a new camera, and I’m loving it.
When more than one month ago my other camera broke and I wrote this S.O.S. post, many of you responded with very valuable information. Thank you so much. If you’re reading this you all know who you are. I dwelled over every word, from there I researched every camera, every brand. I wanted to get a beginners DSLR. My head became a complete jumble of information overload until I decided on which one I wanted, which was about one day before I bought it. Even so I walked into the shop open minded and made the guy at the shop show me all the cameras that I had initially been considering and asked way too many questions for his timid self to be comfortable at continuing explaining to me. Finally, after much camera holding, viewfinder squinting and clicking away to find my personal ergonomic comfort, I opted for the one I wanted in the first place. The Nikon D3300.
Now for the second part of the great news. I was in Los Angeles and was able to spend a day with Sue and Patty. Patty actually caught a flight from Sacramento to come and spend the day with us. When we decided this (a couple of months beforehand), I nearly died of excitement.
It’s so much fun to meet up with blogging friends and see that we are the real life people behind all that writing, photos and, most importantly, all the chatting we’ve done together. Sue is so incredibly sweet and elegant. More foodie things with Sue in an upcoming post. Patty is so funny and nice, and coincidentally also teaches photography. I think she’s a photography genius. My only regret is that during the fantastic dinner we had, I was beginning to doze off. The end of my jetlag caught up with me, so that all the sleep I hadn’t had in the last few days because of jetlag, well, finally made me sleepy. Sorry ladies!
Anyhow, I showed her my new camera, it was only a few days old and I still had no idea how I was supposed to use it properly. She immediately rolled up her sleeves, told Sue to also get out her camera, and gave us the best photography class in the world.
First she fixed the settings in the camera so that the pictures would always turn out the best possible and avoid graininess. I now call them my Patty settings. I’m so pleased with my Patty settings. Then she explained ISO, shutter speed and aperture. We focused a lot on aperture. Now I’m loving the way I can control the photographs by means of controlling the aperture.
For experimental purposes, here are a few quick close up shots at f/4 with less depth of field. What do you think?
Thank you for reading!