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Fun With Photography

I’ve been learning a lot about photography over the summer. I reread Scott Kelby’s books, learned a bit online, and found some great resources to help me get from Auto mode to Manual mode. I now know what all of those little setting do on my camera. I know the difference between the P setting and AV setting, although I’ll admit that I still have to think about it. I’m still learning, so when I’m ready to take a photo, I have to think about what the setting does. If I want to take a quick picture, I still go right back to the little green box.

Last week, when we went to my cousin’s farm, I had the chance to play around with my camera a little. I took my camera off of Auto mode and really spent some time thinking about what I was doing. I waited for perfect lighting, played around with the settings, and even learned how to adjust add more light to the photo with that little number line thingy. (Ok, that’s not the technical term but I’m being lazy and don’t want to look up the real name for it.)

Here are a few pictures I took on our Farm-cation (that’s the term we use for our vacation to my cousin’s farm).

I tried to use the trees to frame the view of the wheat field.

I waited until sunset to capture the kids in the perfect lighting. There is nothing better than sunset on the farm.

I’d show you more pictures of my kids in the straw bales at sunset, but some freak-o stalker could be reading this. You’re thinking that’s crazy, but I know all you bloggy mamas are thinking the EXACT SAME THING, so don’t make fun of me.

This was really fun. My son was riding the motorcycle and said, “Hey mom, can you do that thing where the whole picture is in focus and you make me look like I’m going so fast that I’m just a blur?”

Oh, the shadow pictures….
The kids had a blast posing for these. I took several, but you only really need to see one to get the idea.

Gotta love the farm! I think I’m living in the wrong part of the state.

Here are a few linky parties I’m joining!

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  • Petie
    September 13, 2010

    Great post! I keep meaning to learn more about my camera…you've inspired me. I really like the shadows shot AND your son blurring on the bike. Neat shot!

  • LivingABonafideLife
    September 13, 2010

    oh dear, this is like a neon sign saying, "learn your camera!" I have been using the "green" button much too often lately and really need to explore the other settings. I just don't have a lot of patience. Thanks for the motivation! Beautiful pictures!

  • Bette
    September 13, 2010

    Great Post! What's the book called? I'd love to read it too. I took my kids on a photo shoot this weekend too. http://frugalmomx3.blogspot.com/2010/09/fall-photo-shoot.html

  • Theresa
    September 14, 2010

    I adore your shadow photos…what a great idea! I'm visiting from Making the World Cuter…you sure did;)

  • Leah
    September 21, 2010

    I love taking pictures too!