Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Hobby: F-Stop

So, I decided that I would play with the camera. A lot. Then, when I read the book about the buttons and what they do it will make sense. Less jibberish. More experience.

Tonight was F-Stop night. F-Stop and Manolo Blahnik.

Meet my first ever Mr. Blahnik. We had a quick date at Neimans and I fell hard.

If I'm going to drop this kind of cash on shoes they have to be special. Real special. You want something that you can wear forever. So it has to be timeless. But Payless can pull off timeless. They also have to be creative. Inspiring. Conversation Starters. Not easy to find in one shoe.

I've worn these to death. Should take them somewhere for a little work. A tip here. A tap there. These puppies will be with me forever. So they have to rock fierce forever.

I am continually amazed at how my buttons can produce such different images. Again, same everything but the buttons.

I am enjoying the warmer light ones much more than the cold/bright ones. Think it has something to do with the exposure. Longer exposure=warmer light? I could spend all night with Manolo and Nikon, but Chris leaves tomorrow, so I should spend some time with him. I guess. :-)


Diabolina said...

i heart odes to manolo. yours look like cinderalla slippers.

such cool shots. i too want to be better at photography but HOW??? i guess playing is the best way...

p.s. the wedding photos were stunning. so glamorous. so joyous. what a joy to look back on those 20 years from now...

meghan said...

first, just want to say love your blog, your wedding and your overall sense of style. "projects" are definitely my mode of operation as well - you just seem to carry it off better than i do!

second, i can give you a quick "film school" explaination of why your photos are warmer/cooler. it has to do with color temperature - which translates in pictures as warmer or cooler. different types of light have different temperatures -
incandescent light (most household lights, lightbulbs, etc) have a yellow/warm hue while daylight is bluer. lower temperature light is yellow in color, while higher temperature light is bluer. it's not the heat given off by the source, it's the temperature at which the light source is produced. example: in a fire, the "coolest" part is the yellow/orange and the "hottest" part is the blue flame. hope that somewhat makes sense.

how you control the color is based in white balance. if you balance your camera toward a specific color temperature, it will read that light as "normal" so it will read as white and pure, rather than leaning toward yellow or blue. most cameras are default to auto, so it will change if you are shooting indoors or outdoors. you can adjust these levels in your menu (more buttons!).

i'm guessing the more yellow/warmer pictures you took are with a slower shutter (slower shutter to accomodate for less light) and the bluer pictures were taken with a flash. the warmth is from using your normal house lamps as the source and the blue is from using the flash as your source.

also, you can tone down the flash (helping to make the light more natural) by putting a diffusing material in front. the light will be softer and less likely to glare. since i'm guessing you don't have any professional materials around, try using kleenex, thin white cloth or thin white opaque plastic. all will yield different results - experiment until you find what works for you!

i hope some of this helps - let me know if you have any other photography questions :)


MissJordyPants said...

Meghan - Thank You! What an amazing tutorial! More buttons to play with :-) Sounds like the white balance is going to be a good one.