Day 2: To P or not to P

Today’s Missing Pages article from photo.net was all about the ‘P’ button. And please excuse the awful pun, I just couldn’t resist.

Confession time. When I woke up and read this lesson, I was in two minds if I should skip this lesson. I have been reading that it is the “Great Satan” on many of the photography boards. Usually by those cognoscenti who seem to post a lot of words but few images.

But I loaded up Horace with an SD card and donned a brave face 🙂 And what a lot I learned! It was a case of only knowing when and how to use a tool once you have mastered it. I now know how to use it but have not yet fully mastered it. But I have set aside some time to practice some more.

What I find really useful was it did not like going below 1/60. It helped me a lot as I sometimes get “shaky hands”. Nothing serious, just that if asked to hold my hand out straight and keep it still, I would fail every time 😦 On the plus side, my setting up, clipping and unclipping speed from a tripod became much faster 🙂

For today, I roped in another model. This time it is Percy. I choose Percy, and he agreed, because the light conditions were all over the place from gloomy, shady, cloudy to sunny. And as Percy is a brilliant bubble gum pink colour, I could practice contrast between various colours. The picture shown is the best from the session. I had great fun doing this practice today. So a good reminder to me that when I don’t feel like doing something, give it a try – it may turn out to be more fun that I thought!

 

Percy Pig Model

Percy Pig Model

And here is what I learned and wrote down on some 3″ x 5″ card:

Shooting in ‘P’, ISO starter points:

  •     80 or 100: Bright sunny day
  •     200: Gloomy / Hazy or outdoor shade on a sunny day
  •     400: Indoors cloudy conditions outside
  •     800: Low-light conditions

And now onto Day 3….

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The start of the journey…

Let me introduce you to ‘Henry’. He is my first experiment in moving away from auto everything or the “P” button on Horace. I have been reading the Missing Pages articles on photo.net. A small step and it was surprising how much photo knowledge I have forgotten. Equally, it is even more surprising how much I enjoyed the simplest of exercises.

Today’s exercises involved taking an object and shooting it indoors and out at different ISO settings.

But this is Henry on my daughter’s swing in our garden.

 

Henry on the swing

Henry on the swing

It was a RAW file which I imported into Lightroom and converted to jpeg format for a web upload. I won’t show all the images as some were pretty awful. And this blog is part learning and part rehabilitation. The consultant tells me that the more I exercise the body and brain, the swifter the recovery. I also think he means I am overweight compared to hospital standards but I did point out that it has taken me both a misspent youth and a number of years to achieve my current figure! 🙂

It also helps that this is Day One of Blogging 101 homework. I am a little late in starting but that was due to some health challenges.