This semester, I took a digital photography class. I always liked taking pictures wherever I went and saving memories of family trips, school events, and more. To be honest, before I took the class, I thought that a digital camera and a DSLR were the same. The only differences I knew were the sizes, the costs of the two, and that a DSLR was used by professional photographers. I mean, you set the setting to auto, maybe change the flash setting to off, zoom in or out, and press the biggest circle on top of the camera to take a photo.
However, of course, this was not the case. There is so much more to a DSLR: from apertures and shutter speeds to macro pictures. Now, I know what all the little drawings and alphabets mean on the wheel of a DSLR, well most of them. I learned a lot of techniques too, such as the rule of thirds, sky and land dominant, action photography, panning, and painting with light.
Photography is not just about taking pictures with your friends or of the beautiful tourist sights on a vacation, but truly a digital art.
Here are some terms used in photography:
Depth of field is used the most in photography. It is the focus or the sharpness in a photograph. You can use a small aperture (the hole in the lens of a camera for light to travel through), a big f/stop number, to have everything in the photograph to be in focus. Or you can use a big aperture, a small f/stop number, to have certain parts in focus.
Shutter Speed is the length of time the shutter stays open during exposure. Whenever you see a photograph with a person or a ball in the air, then the photographer has used a fast shutter speed. Slow shutter speed is used when you take photos of painting with light or any abstract pictures.