Parting Thoughts for Saturday...

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Home Inspector with Complete Home Inspections, Inc.

Parting Thoughts for Saturday...
Photography is a unique blend of subject, composition, lighting and technical knowledge. Mastering these techniques takes time, persistence and willingness to take a bunch of bad shots. But it through the trial and error process and the help of others we learn and begin to master our art.

For me, low light and night shots were my nemesis, especially, taking shots "on the fly" without the aid of a tripod. While this technique will not work on point-and-shoot cameras, it will work on most dSLR's.

ISO settings are how the camera film or sensor reacts to light. The lower the light, the higher the sensor or the longer the exposure. You can shorten the exposure time by "bumping" up your ISO.

In the picture below, I used the Aperture control setting, increased the ISO to 2500 and opened the lens aperture to maximum (3.5). The result was a photo that encompassed the ambiance of the setting and free of the effects often encountered by the use of flash.

This same technique can be used in indoor shots of listings or other low light settings. Don't be afraid to experiment. That is the only way you can learn...

The tavern in Hogsmeade ~ Photo by Radnorlake Photography

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Ann Allen Hoover
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That's a cool shot and looks like a fun place to hang out.  I recently purchased my first dSLR and I hope I can learn how to take shots like these.  It's sort of overwhelming I don't know where to begin.....guess I've just got to start experimenting.

June 19, 2011 09:44 AM
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Chris Smith
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I am still using my DSLR like a point and shoot, Michael.  I have to start taking baby steps to learn how to take advantage of my camera.

June 19, 2011 10:21 AM
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Nick T Pappas
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Michael, the cool thing about digital photography is that those "mistakes", those great learning experiences are a lot cheaper and easier to deal with.  Film photography meant having to process prints or film that was not what you wanted.  As much as I like my old film cameras, digital has some distinct advantages.

June 19, 2011 03:40 PM
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Carol Zingone
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Very cool shot - thanks for allowing us to "virtually" vacation with you!

June 20, 2011 07:18 AM
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Peter Schattenfield
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Micheal, Thanks for the camera tip. I do need to break away from the "auto" setting and see what I can do.

June 22, 2011 08:27 AM
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