October Workshop: Basic Photography


Tylene Trout presented on October 25th the workshop “Basic Photography and How to Use Your Camera”. There were forty-five in attendance, and Brian Hudson introduced our guests. She started the presentation with a slide show contrasting photographs, first one not so exciting, then a second representing a better example. She showed us contrasting two images to subjects such as composition, depth-of-field, crooked horizons, bulls-eyes images, shooting at the wrong time of day, and not getting close enough to your subject. She went over common mistakes such as red-eye (and how to correct it), and hardness of bare flash and explained how to inexpensively correct it using a diffuser. She explained how to use a DSLR and point-and-shoot cameras. She showed her equipment; bag, tripod, monopod, flash, and remote shutter release cord and most importantly, the manuals. Being a master photographer, she explained that she still refers to the manuals often.

The meeting’s handout was two sided and covered the topics of mistakes, composition, exposure, lighting, sharp focus, lenses, how to be creative, and how to be prepared. The LPA website has this handout, plus additional five pages of information such as standard F/Stops, metering, and a glossary of photographic terms. Find the handout located here.

The presentation moved into Questions and Answers with a detailed explanation of the histogram. Basically, histogram is a simple graph that displays where all of the brightness levels contained in the scene are found, from darkest to brightest on the camera’s LCD screen. These values are arrayed across the bottom of the graph from left (darkest) to right (brightest). The vertical axis (the height of points on the graph) shows how much of the image is found at any particular brightness level. Looking at a histogram and the graph is too far to the left (too dark) or right (too light), you need to adjust the “exposure compensation” on your camera.  Most cameras allow you to turn on the “blinkies” (on some cameras flashes color, such as blue (high-lights) and red (shadows) on the LCD over the image showing data lost. All cameras are a little different to adjust, so refer to your camera manual to see how to adjust the exposure. Here’s a simple explanation: http://stopshootingauto.com/2008/07/08/what-is-a-good-histogram/

You can visit Tylene Trout Photography at www.tylenetroutphotography.com

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