Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Ansel Adams You Ain't

If you've been reading this blog for a little bit, you are probably aware that I have been using more of my own photos and almost always apologizing for the poor quality of my photos. Well, yesterday as I'm leaving home, I get a call from work. "Grab your camera, we need building photos." Seriously?? After a 10 minute whining session about what a lousy photographer I am, I finally agree to give it a try.

You know what I found on my camera...a "scene" option setting. You can select what kind of picture you are taking and it helps make the adjustments that I don't know how to make. It was a real "aha" moment for me. (Probably, also a plug for reading the actual instructions.)

So here is an interior photo using the normal setting:

See how all the flash is on the plant in front and not the distant area. I then changed the scene setting to museum (low light available) and got this picture:

I improved on the if I could only hold the camera and focus properly, I'd be a much better photographer.

I also found out that my camera has a "panorama" scene setting. Can't wait to try that sucker. (I did actually try that yesterday, but it didn't really turn out too well.)

So, here's the takeaway - the pictures worked fine for the person who needed them and I learned a little more about my camera including how to turn off the stupid date thing. Here's hoping for better photos from me in the future.

1 comment:

  1. Just recently I figured out that I also have all these different scene settings but so far have only used "sports" for Phillip's soccer games. Nice tutorial you posted. I'll let you know what else I learn about my camera.