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    This started out as just a thought for my "photo of the day" blog.
    I didn't plan on it to be a "series", I had just decided to shoot a "Depth of Field" page in a book, at a shallow depth of field one day.

    Then the next day, decided to do the same for shutter speed.
    And then today, I finished it off with an ISO shot.

    Depth of Field:

    This one is my favorite of the series.
    Maybe just because it's the one I originally had in mind to do.
    Love how sharp it came out. I need to start using the macro feature on my 28-85mm more often! hehe

    Shutter Speed:

    This one came out okay.. I liked the DoF one better though.
    Show shutter speed + movement stuff is always fun to shoot though. =)

    And then, ISO:

    I was stumped on how to shoot an "ISO photo".
    I mean, aperture was easy, just show DoF.
    And shutter speed, just show movement as the shutter was open.

    But ISO? how was I to show the sensors sensitivity to light? hah
    So I just shut the lights off, cranked the ISO up all the way,
    and decided to let the grain do the talking (along with the text from the book).

    I decided to also throw an unlit light bulb in the shot, to help emphasize "low light/no light".

    I don't really like this ISO shot much. Maybe because I just dislike grain in general. hah.
    All in all, was a fun series to shoot though.

    I should also promote the book I used for all these shots.
    It was "Photography: A Practical Guide".


    It can be bought through photoforum.com at:
    http://www.photoforum.com/shop/shop.php?c=...Practical_Guide

    I got it over a year ago.
    But decided to dig it out and read it over again recently.

    It's basically two previous books, turned into one book. A mash up of "The Complete Photography Manual" by Ailsa McWhinnie, and
    "The Digital Photography Manual" by Philip Andrews. So it covers everything from "know your camera" which includes film cameras and
    different films to use, darkroom processing, lenses, accessories, etc. To camera basics like the shots I took above. To digital photography,
    including photoshop tutorials, etc. And also talks about macro photography, off camera flash photography, and lots more.
    Nice little book. =D
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    Love it. I'm such a visual learner so I love things like this!
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    Thanks!
    Same, I learn alot better by seeing/doing.
    I guess that's why we're photographers. We're visual people. hehe

    That's one of the reasons I dug up this book again.
    I've read it many times before, but unless I have the equipment to USE as I read it, the info doesn't quite stick as well.

    It's only been recently that I've taken up (and had the equipment to do) off camera flash.
    So since this book has sections on flash/lighting, I decided to read it again.

    It's funny how, even though I've read these sections MANY times before..
    now that I have the equipment, and am reading it again, it's like I'm reading it for the first time. hehe

    Terms or functions I'd pass by before, going "oh.. okayyy..".
    I now go "OH! okay!!" because I know what it's talking about now, now that I have the equipment in my hands. heheh
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    That's pretty much what I had envisioned for the ISO shot - nice job, turned out well.
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    That's an excellent series Well thought out and executed
    Karin


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    Brilliant! Looking forward now to one on lens focal-length.


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