Sunday, August 29, 2010

Experiment with the shutter speed

A part of the photography workshop encouraged us to play around with the shutter speed.

As we were in a nature reserve we had the chance to practice on some moving targets. One of the horses was so kind to run in front of our group.

Here are the settings:
Lens: 18-70 mm F/3.5-4.5G
Mode: Manual
Aperture: F/9
Shutter Speed: 1/13s
ISO: 100

And here is the photo:

Moved the camera a little bit to follow the horse. Next time I will try to get the horse more crisp. Maybe an even shorter shutter speed?

My equipment

I'm not writing this blog to impress others with my equipment, but rather to make it easy to compare. I don't believe that more expensive equipment will give better pictures (at least until somebody proves me wrong).

Nikon D80

AF-S Micro Nikkor 60 mm 1:2.8 G
AF-S Nikkor 70-300 mm 1:4.5-5.6 G
AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:3.5-4.5 G

Good flash
Some filters

Now the wishlist will be filled in gradually. Although I will probably buy a tripod quite soon. Got some money for my birthday which needs a good excuse to spoil me. Filters and flash will come later when I've left the noob stage.

Starting my photo blog

Today I participated in a workshop nature photography. Oh man, I'm such a noob. What can I say - about 95% of my pictures are a failure. So I decided to spend some more time with my camera and finally learn (step by step) how to do things.

My objectives for this blog are pretty easy:
a) Keep track of my achievements (if any at all)
b) Share my experience and how-to's with others
c) Get some of my pics viewed by others

As the blogosphere lives by the gratitude of people, please comment, berate, rant and encourage me. The more we share the better we all become.