Saturday, June 21, 2008

photo help?

I've had a number of comments lately indicating that you wish you were a better photographer and it got me thinking...

Would there be any interest if I wrote a few posts about the technical aspects of photography for thick-numbsculls-like-me-who-have-a-really-hard-time-understanding-all-the-technical-camera-mumbo-jumbo?

Corey over at Living and Loving Every Minute of It has already written some fabulous photography tutorials that you should check out here, but I was thinking of trying to teach you some technical stuff like how shutter speed and aperture work and what different lenses do, from the perspective of someone who has had a hard time understanding it all. (Sorry if you were already heading there Corey! Should we tag-team it?)

My fear of the technical aspects of photography (and some other family issues that we won't get into) has prevented me in the past from achieving better photos, but it's finally started sinking in and my photos are getting better. I thought maybe some of you might enjoy some instruction coming from a dumb-dumb like me.

Let me know if this might be useful to you. Or maybe you're not that impressed with my photos and think I'm arrogant. I don't know. Leave a comment. Don't flatter me. Be honest.

15 comments:

ciara said...

i love your photos...not bad for a dumb-dumb lol jk but seriously, i have no clue about shutter speed and aperature. i HATE that i have just a point and shoot. maybe you could do a post on cameras that are good for those just starting out.

Kimberly said...

Ooo! Ooo! Yes please!

Of course, I don't know if any of it is applicable to my camera, that's how clueless -I- am. I have a Canon Powershot digital slr. I really, really need to read the manual because I haven't a clue what I'm doing with it.

Corey~living and loving said...

Thanks for the linky love. :) I really appreciate it.

I also think you should go ahead and write up any tutorials you'd like. I think most people love them.

I have sort of ran out of time to write up tutorials. I have no plans for further tutorials as of right now. The few that I did, I kept really basic so those using Point and shoots could get the most out of them as well. After those 5, I couldn't think of anything more to write up that wouldn't require the need of a prosumer or SLR.

Go for it...if you have the drive...now is the time. :) Can't wait to read them.

coastrat said...

Go for it! I'm sure other bloggers and those who love taking pictures would appreciate your efforts.

Jenty said...

Oooh yes please :) I'd love that. Corey's tutorials were great, but I'd love the more technical info

softinthehead said...

Yes please - I know I will read them and hopefully something will finally sink in. :)

Jan said...

The answer is a big fat yes.

I am so with Kimberly. I think between finally reading the manuel and listening to your advice, I might get some better shots.

Thanks for your willingness to share your skills.

Have a great day.

Meg said...

Don't worry, I'm not commenting!
Yes, please, post about things like aperture and shutter speed...I took a photo class or two in high school...but really all I was interested in was the easy mark, so I didn't really learn much :(

Daryl said...

I have no clue .. dont understand the whole technical aspect .. I shoot what I see and the most involved technically that I get is pushing the speed for nite shooting when the flash isnt going to get the shot and I only learned that adjust to my digital when I tried to shoot the balloon inflation Thanksgiving Eve..

I would love to know what the rose technique was .. and where ... I am also not much into messing with them after I didnt mess with them when I took them BUT its like adding a border or drop shadow I wanna have it ..

:-Daryl

Daryl said...

AND dont hit send if you forgot to say DO IT ...


:-Daryl

LingoVise Says... said...

I've yet to venture out into manual mode on my camera. Since I have no idea how any of that works it makes me a wee bit nervous... I don't completely get what all those abbreviations mean - or what they can do for you.

The thought of taking a class doesn't thrill me at all, not that I'd have time anyhow. So any pointers, help, advice you'd like to share would be fantastic!

In such a totally Major way :)

beth said...

Yes, please.

I love your pictures and I am always interested in learning more about the technical stuff. One of these days it may even sink in!

lissa said...

sounds like a good idea, I wouldn't might learning more about using the camera, and I do love your photography - I hope you going to do this

I like to invite you to join She Who Designs, a site for amateur/professional designers and photographers - members are free to post tutorials on design and photography. let me know if your interest - email me at shewhodesign at gmail dot com

Jen said...

I LOVE your photos and LOVE LOVE this idea! Obviously I do, since I'm emailing you asking you all the time about it all. I'm so clueless about the aperature, ISO, shutter speed, etc and then my pictures don't turn out how I want. I just want them to look like what I'm taking the picture of. You know the lighting etc? I'll try to mess with the aperture and create more light in the photo and it ends up looking all orange or mis-colored. Then the f-stops. I'm just clueless, but know my camera can do it. It's user error! Grrrr!

Irene said...

Hi! I am new to your blog and really enjoyed reading it! I am also into photography - I got my D40 earlier this year and my life has never been the same since.

I have done a few posts about photography. Usually when I learn something specific that I think is interesting and should be shared. I always get a very positive response. I definitely think you should do it! I think most people are very eager to improve their photography but just get overwhelmed with all the technical aspects.

Take care!