While our blog isn’t about photography, rather it’s a place for us to easily share pictures and other random thoughts, I decided to share a bit about what I have learned about photography. Being that I just shot my first wedding this past weekend with my dad today, I thought it was appropriate!
In June 2008, we officially retired our Canon PowerShot and upgraded to our first SLR camera, a Nikon D60. Since, then we have bought and sold camera and lens and now have a Nikon D90 and several lens. It seems over the past year many of our friends have decided to ditch their point and shoot cameras and upgrade to an SLR (single-lens reflex) device. While the details of what an SLR camera are can be better explained by somebody (slightly more knowledgeable, insert Ryan’s explanation here 🙂 ) than myself, for me an SLR camera meant, interchangeable lens and far less shutter lag!
For those of you beginning and learning the basic’s of your new SLR, Ry always suggests this book, Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson. For me, I got lucky and Ryan read the book and taught me as he went! This was one of the pictures we learned to take from this book by Bryan Peterson:
Camera Settings: Nikon D90, 50mm, f/22, ISO 100, 1/50 sec
Camera Settings: Nikon D90, 30mm, f/3.5, ISO 200, 1/8 sec
While these may not be the best panning shots ever, I like how they suggest a sense of motion. When photographing a moving subject, the panning technique is achieved by keeping the subject in the same position of the frame for the duration of the exposure, meaning you must follow the subject with your camera. The shutter speed will depend on the speed at which the subject is moving. There is no “right” shutter speed, but as Ryan describes it, you’re looking for one slow enough to blur the background but fast enough to keep the subject in focus.
Anyways, if you made it through without being too bored – congrats, now go shoot some panning shots!!!!!