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Dewayne’s Digital Photography Corner: Quote to Ponder

“My own belief is that the universe exists as a miracle and that we have been born here to witness and celebrate.  We wonder at our purpose for living.  Our purpose is to perceive the fantastic.

Why have a universe of there is no audience?

We are that audience.”

Ray Bradbury, Bradbury Speaks, p. 41, Copyright 2005

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Digital Photography: How Shutter Modes Can Affect Your Images

Sometimes  in the world of Basic Digital Photography, it’s real easy to forget exactly what shooting modes are and how they can affect the quality of your images.  Most cameras will have a variety of choices based on what you shoot regularly, or what types of subjects you shoot most often.

The cameras these days will have the basic “One shot” option.  “One shot is exactly what it sounds like, you press the shutter release buttton one time, you get one picture.  The “One shot option is best for non-moving subjects, or posed photographs where your subject will not be doing a lot of moving.

Usually, right next to this option is a shooting mode called “Continuous”.  Most people, including me, don’t really see the value in keeping your camera set in this mode.  At least, I didn’t used to.  The more time you spend shooting candid photography, children, wildlife, or any other dynamic subject, or a still subject in a dynamic environment, this is going to be the mode for you.  Why?  Because in this ever-changing world we live in, something or someone is going to get in the way, or your subject is going to be stuck behind something right when your camera fires, leaving you with an interesting image, but probably not the picture you were looking for.

Next on the shooting mode menu is usually something like a timer-released shot.  These are the famous pictures where you set your camera down, or on a tripod, press the button, then you have about ten seconds to get into the picture before the shutter fires.

Some cameras have included a two-second timer release option for their cameras.  This option is not for running really fast to get in front of your camera before it takes the picture, but for allowing the maximum stability and sharpest pictures because you take the picture by pressing the button, when you take your finger off of the shutter release button, it takes the picture two seconds later.  This option is so your touching the camera doesn’t shake the camera and you get your sharpest image.

Cameras are coming equipped with infrared sensors these days, too.  They can be fired remotely using devices very similar to television remote controls, through an infrared beam, much like the electronic car  remotes for your vehicle.  This is getting too advanced for most , so I won’t spend a lot of time on it.

The last shooting mode that can really have a dramatic impact on your photography is the “Bulb” mode.  This is usually triggered by a remote cable or cord attached to your camera, you can either hold down the button on the cable, keeping the shutter open for as long as you have the button pushed, or the is usually a locking switch to hold the shutter open until you unlock it. This allows you to keep the shutter open for minutes during night or low-light photography, without touching the camera shaking and blurring your image.  There is some mystery as to where the term bulb mode came from.  My theory is that it is named after the manual type of release that came before the cord.  There was an air-filled bulb that the photographer would squeeze to open the shutter and then he or she could manipulate a screw on the bulb that would not allow the bulb to reinflate, holding the shutter open. 

All of these types of shutter-release modes are there on your camera waiing for you to tell it which one you want to use.  My preferrred mode, for day-to-day camera operations?  Contnuous.  Why, the pictures don’t cost anything asnd can mean the difference between this picture…

 

Digital Photography Before

And this one…

Digital Photography After

 

Have a great day,

Dewayne

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Digital Photography: 9/11 Aerial Tribute, Elephant Butte, NM

Wow, talk about a weekend for digital photography…   I had driven down to Elephant Butte, NM to meet up with a friend of mine from work and see about taking pictures of him during his participation in a 9/11 Memorial Display, flying the Colors over Elephant Butte Lake…, just a few miles outside of another town you may or may not have heard of, “Truth or Consequences, New Mexico”.  That’s right, the town named after a game show.  Well, after popping up early on Sunday morning, I got out and made contact with some of the hot-air ballonists, just getting a feel for what was going to take place during the course of the morning, when one of the balloonists mentioned they were short crew members for getting the balloon up that morning.  Even though I had just stopped in  for some information, I was asked the question, “So, do you want to crew for us?”  I couldn’t resist.  So, I spent the next hour or so helping out with setting up a hot air balloon and snapping photos in-between jobs.  It was as blast.  After the balloon was set up and ready to launch, the next question asked was “Who wants to go for a balloon ride?”  I was patient, I bit my tongue, I really wanted to go up, but I waited for anyone else who might want to go up as well.  When nobody jumped up, I decided to go on the trip.  I was not disappointed.  The temperature was comfortable, the company was entertaining and knowledgeable, and the view was spectacular!!!

When asked about why I enjoyed photography as kind of an introductory questionaire on my recent trip to Maine Media College, after a little thought on the subject, it hit me.  I am not now, nor have I ever enjoyed being a spectator at anything in my life.  For some the enjoyment of pro football, pro baseball, tennis, wrestling…  All make very interesting spectator events, depending on your interests.  I’ve just never been that into spectator events.  For me, photography allows me to be an active participant in any event, whether it’s recording my memories or someone else’s, creating a mood, or documenting an event.  Photography takes me from the spectator role in any given event and magically transforms me into an active participant.

So, even though I wasn’t able to connect with my friend from work, I was able to connect with another old friend that presents itself from time to time, Once again I met opportunity, and I was not disappointed.  The biggest refresher/lesson I got from this weekend…  Life’s about more than just standing by and watching interesting things take place around you.  It’s really about taking advantage of those rare opportunities when they present themselves and using them to make great things happen.

For me, the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 was about much more than remembering the sacrifices of those who risk their lives daily for others, it’s also about celebrating living.  And what better way to do that than by participating in life instead of just spectating?

Dewayne
A new gallery: 911 Aerial Tribute Elephant Butte, NM

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