This morning I took my first steps off the automatic mode of my camera and played with Av (Aperture) mode and Tv (Shutter speed) mode. I attached the Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm lens to my Canon EOS Rebel T2i, Googled depth of field on the Internet, watched a couple of videos, and stepped outside. The Border Collies were glad for another excuse to run in the field.
Depth of field has always been a hazy concept for me. Of course, it wasn’t happening well on the automatic mode. But in Av mode, playing with the f-stops, letting the camera determine shutter speed and ISO, I started to see some improvement. I think the photograph of the runoff pond caught the best depth of field of the day. There is still room for improvement.
I’m not sure why the fir tree to the left of the fence line was blurry. I’d also like to photograph at different times of the day to bring out different colors at that location. Right?
Then there were the willing and not-so-willing subjects. Note that once again Bodie is first in line to have his picture taken. Razzie always has that deer in the headlights look.
Then I went inside and played with pictures of the cat, Essie, and some black and white photos.
My biggest question is how do you obtain “crispness” in a photograph? Is it done with the perfect setting or the perfect camera? Or more experience? There is so much to learn.