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When I first began using the Lynda.com website to improve my photography skills, I became excited to take some of the knowledge that I had learned and actually apply it. Last week I went on vacation with my family and decided to take some photographs that I could use to show off some of the new techniques that I have learned.
One class that I took in particular, Foundations of Photography: Exposure gave me a fantastic lesson regarding both shutter speed and aperture. I learned that by taking my camera out of auto mode, I have so many options when it comes to the look and feel of my photographs. I can actually begin telling a story with them rather than simply presenting a pretty picture.
To practice with shutter speed, I took some images of water. I wanted to try and freeze the water in time and think that these two images turned out pretty well.
This image was taken at Crown Center in Kansas City. I really wanted to take a run through the fountains, but they put a fence up to keep people like me out. 🙂
I was very happy with how this photo turned out. This one was taken at the St. Louis Zoo. I love how you can see the water jumping around in it’s true state.
The next objective that I wanted to focus on was aperture. I recently purchased a 50mm f/1.8 lens for my camera and really wanted to learn more about how I could use the features of this lens to my advantage. Here are some of the photos I captured when I was practicing the lessons learned from Lynda.com.
I was very happy that I got the fish to be my focus of this image and the background was present, yet blurred. This photo was taken at the Sea Life Aquarium in Kansas City. To view more photos that I took while there, also using many of the same fundamentals, view my post here.
Another creature from the aquarium that I captured while shooting in aperture priority mode.
Lastly, I learned a little bit about exposure and how the camera will guide you to make the right decisions for the shot, but as the photographer, you can ultimately override them for creative effect. I learned about how sometimes you can under or over-expose images on purpose. Below is an image I took of a seahorse while I was practicing this technique.
As you can see, I’ve learned quite a bit… and that was only in one lesson! I can’t wait to continue practicing so that I can perfect these techniques. I’ve also started taking some courses in portraiture, and have started some to help me learn Photoshop editing better.
Lynda.com not only has amazing photography courses, they also have courses in web design, software programming, social networking, and more! Every course I have taken thus far has been led by an instructor that is passionate about the subject and very experienced in their field. I can’t wait to continue to show all of you more that I learn by using this awesome site!