Too much excitement all around…!
I mentioned in my last post that Bianca and I started a camera course in October. It is a five week course with the College of Digital Photography, with an outing on a Sunday morning to practise our newly acquired skills.
We are not only learning about ISO settings, shutter speeds and aperture (which I (sort of) knew how to operate previously, although I didn’t know when to use what), but we are also learning about White Balance, how to blur pictures, how to create depth of field and how to avoid over or under exposure in extreme light and dark conditions. And that is only up to lesson 3!
The great thing about this course is that you also get the opportunity to try out newly learned techniques in weekly assignments. The first assignment was only to test whether we could balance the light meter, but from week 2, we started taking pictures and submitting them.
Assignment 2 was about taking pictures at low shutter speeds (on a tripod), using artificial light. The shutter speeds started at 1 second and increased to 30 seconds. The same set of pictures were taken using the Auto White Balance setting (AWB) and the Daylight setting. Three different sets of pictures had to be submitted, using different compositions.
So, below is one of the compositions submitted by myself and one of Bianca’s, which I think came out pretty awesome!
This week we have to take pictures, playing around with Depth of Field and creating blurring movement with low shutter speeds. It is very exciting and I am waking up in the middle of the night, thinking about possible settings. (I did finally finish the Dexter series as well, so my mind has to be occupied with something at 1am??)
Of course, work pressures have not eased up much, but there is nothing like a bit of pressure to bring out the productivity in me…and hopefully the creativity. I have been struggling a bit in the ability to conjour up my creative self in the last couple of months.
And, the cherry on the top is that I get to share this experience with my daughter. And that is something money cannot buy!