Photography

I've picked up a new hobby, Photography. We (my wife and I) purchased a new Nikon D40 and 18-200 VR lens to get started, and so far we are both really enjoying it.

We previously used a Canon Powershot S500 (5 MP Point and Shoot), and while we took a ton of pictures with it, we were always frustrated with shutter delay. We missed a lot of great shots while the camera metered, focused, and did whatever else it did before it would actually take the shot.

Out of the box just shooting the D40 in full auto mode was much better. The 18-200 lens gives an amazing range of wide/zoom opportunities previously unavailable to us. However, it was when we learned to go beyond the auto mode that we really improved our our results.

One of the keys to helping us learn was the book 'Understanding Exposure' by Bryan Peterson. It walks through the key controls (Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO) and provides great examples of what you can achieve and how these controls can be used to archive the 'creatively correct' exposure.

We recently went to Sanibel Island, Florida for vacation and it served as a great opportunity to really exercise the potential of the camera and get some really fun practice time in. By the end we were both able to successfully shoot in full manual mode to achieve the results we wanted.

I've been using Tabblo on the recommendation of a friend to post some of my shots. It is a little more than the basic photo sharing sites as it allows you to create a 'page' of pictures of different sizes and interspersed comments. You can see some of my shots from Sanibel Island below (click images to see full version).

We have a ton to learn but we're looking forward to spending more time and taking many great shots.




Tabblo: Wildlife on Sanibel Island





Tabblo: Sunset on Sanibel Island

2 comments:

  1. Hi Eric... it's funny to see something else we have in common. I've been a Nikon shooter for a while now and am totally hooked. I recently replaced my D70 with D300 and picked up that same 18-200 VR lens. I *really* like that lens a lot. I've been using SmugMug to post photos and it seems I have more control there than at some place like Flickr. I'm just that interested in being overly "social" with pictures of my family. :)

    If you haven't seen it yet, point your feed reader at http://strobist.blogspot.com -- it's a great blog about using off-camera lighting to get better results, but he puts an emphasis on doing things easily and inexpensively. It's one of the better photo blogs I subscribe to.

    Hope all's well,

    Jeff Donnici
    (iTunes Export Guy)

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  2. Thanks Jeff, I just added it to my feed reader!

    I really enjoyed vacation as we were shooing nearly 100% outside but I want to get a lot better at shooting inside w/o a flash.

    I post my family pictures on a different blog. Anonymity on the internet is hard but I at least try to keep it a little separated!

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