And into the depths of Winter do we go!!!

January 25, 2013  •  1 Comment

East Dennisport, Cape Cod, MA, USA Gee, that sounds kinda foreboding...... So, let's get out of our 'winter shells' ! Yeah it's cold, pretty darn cold but we're still alive or otherwize we wouldn't care. Right?

There is a funny thread going on the site .http://walpole.patch.com//articles/you-know-its-cold-out-when-ce8a0732. The title goes like ...when do you know it's really cold'!! One mother wrote that it's when her son puts a hat on and KEEPS it on!

But anyways, yup the gray days of winter are finally here - in New England, USA. I am sure that I have thought, as well as many others inclined to take pictures often, that   'oooh! another gray day, lousy for pics'. They then choose not to take their cameras with them when leaving home or just leave it in it's case, in the closet. All is not lost - well until you see the perfect 'image' on that gray day....but you do not have your digital, wiz-bang picture taker!

These days are great for capturing black and white photos, which can be more beautiful than a color image. Look for shadows and patterns, try to visualize what a slightly in-color scene will look like in black, gays and white. Those are colors too you know!!!  On a sunny day you have lots of contrast in the light  and dark areas and from one color to another. In a B&W image there are those deep, rich blacks (usually in the shadows), hundreds of shades of gray and then some nice bright whites. Those scenes waiting to become your image are out there. Go capture them. Learn to see or visualize in B&W.

Most cameras have settings for capturing in B&W or monochrome. That is fine unless you have an editing program that has a B&W conversion feature. In which case, shoot in color and convert to B&W on the computer. Some cameras also have setting for enhanced contrast, or one called 'Vivid'. You might take some shots using those settings. See what they look like on your computer and decide whether you like them or not. The ideal is to get the best image in camera so you do not have to spend a bunch of time tweaking it in an editing program. 

So...grab that camera! Take it with you today start seeing in B&W...at least sometimes!

 


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1.Me - Steve Hopkins(non-registered)
Well, first Photography had to be cancelled Monday night due to the icey rain/snow. Oh well, have a nice class of 7 signed up !
Looking forward to starting and getting all off the 'Auto' and 'P' buttons on their cameras and learning what many of the other buttons and menu items do!
For instance - what does the Sports setting 'tell' the camera to do.? How about the 'Landscape' and 'Portrait' settings do?
Where/How do I change the ISO setting?. Why would I want to?. Why not just set it to AUTO?

I am sure getting all this info with in 6 wks is confusing to some, but I keep going over it or relating to it in every class. Digital is , or can be much more complicated that using a roll of ASA 200 Kodacolor film, or ASA 400 back a bunch of years ago. Even with a pro model camera like the Nikon F100. It had the same (pretty much) settings as the 4004 amateur model, but just built like a brick 'outhouse'!

Everyone in the class 'gets it' to a degree. Those who take lot's of photos during the 6wks obviously get it better! so, I suggest to them to keep that camera available to use all the time. going for a walk, on errands in the car etc. there are an infinite images waiting for us to capture. Just start looking and havede your camera in hand ...turned on, AND remove the lens cap!!
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