I am dumb when it comes to taking photos. There are a lot of things that I've never even really thought about before that apparently matter when you take a photo. Well, I think it's kind of sad that I go on adventures to far off lands and just take whatever photos happen when I click the button. So, that bothers me a little. I mean, I still have my nice little point and shoot camera, but I want to know the art of photography because there are options on my camera and boxes and all kinds of things, and I don't know what they do.
So, I decided to take a class. I found out about a little workshop-type class that is only once a week for three weeks for a very reasonable price, and I decided to take it. We had our first class last week and got assignments to take some photos using different depths of field (it deals with how much is in focus in the photo), which is a photography term I kind of learned. We were supposed to take three photos with a smaller depth of field and three photos with a larger depth of field. I'm not sure I did it correctly, but here are the photos I took. If you know anything about photography, tell me how I did, please. Keep in mind, my camera is a Sony Cybershot, and it's not one of those multi-lens cameras where you have aperture and all kinds of awesome options.
The three with smaller depths of field:
I took this one during class last week. The teacher said I could use it if I wanted for the assignment. He told me I needed to get a better camera (he kept saying things like "This is a crappy camera!" or "You should buy a new camera, even a used one." or "How does this not have a manual mode? How much did you pay for this?"), but I think "whatever, dude" since I'm paying for the class, and it's only three weeks, anyway. I'm not trying to be a professional or anything. Just trying to learn something.
I made these cupcakes. Dub, you may be interested to know that these were the ones I told you about on Sunday that I took to my church activity. I saved these to eat myself.
This is at the war memorial. I had to take it at a weird angle to get this shot, and it was hard because my camera and hand kept creating a shadow on the flower. Eventually it worked okay.
These next three are for larger depths of field. Did I do them correctly? There's no real blur, right? It's mostly in focus?
The sun was starting to set, and I had a hard time trying to figure out how to get the lighting correct. I also cheated and cropped this one. Don't tell. Actually, is that even cheating? I mean, digital cameras are kind of a cheat, anyway, in my opinion.
Can you tell where I was standing when I took this?
I really liked the handicap sign in this one. Not sure why. Maybe because I associate both the church and the handicap sign with old people. Save the clock tower!
Anyway, hope you enjoyed my photography assignment!