Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Thrive Project: ISO and Rule of Thirds

Hello fellow photographers...and that's what you are if you love to take pictures:)  Are you ready for your next lesson?? This week we learned about ISO. It stands for something silly. Nothing you need to remember. I'm going to try and make this really simple. I think of it like a dimmer switch. If you are outside in bright sunshine keep the number low 100-400. According to my manual, if you are inside or if it's really overcast adjust the ISO to 400-1600. If you are shooting in the dark or at night increase the number to 1600-6400.


So just like a dimmer...if you need a little light keep the dial low and if it's really bad lighting up the number. The only way to know the exact number is to play with it. A big thing to remember with ISO is the higher the number the "grainier" the picture will be. You might see little grey fuzzy dots in your picture. It won't look as crisp and clear. So rule of thumb...use the lowest number you can to get the shot.


Taken at 7:00 am, very dark room... setting is 100 ISO.

This one shows the break down in the quality of the photo. See how grainy it looks?? It was taken in the dark at 7:00 at 6400 ISO.


Our teacher had us take TONS of pictures of one scene using our ISO dial, upping the increments and then taking a shot all the way up the dial. We did this at dusk or dawn, mid-day with a table lamp, and then in sunlight or full light.  I will spare you all those pictures.  I'm just sharing the 100 and 6400 settings for dawn and midday.   Hopefully this gives you a little idea of what ISO is.  Go visit my friend Suzanne if you need more clarification.  She has the gift of making it all make sense. 



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The other thing we learned about was the Rule of Thirds. This is your homework this week. There is an imaginary grid that you need to think about when you take pictures. The super cool thing I learned is that when you go to crop your photos your editing software has that grid for you...YAY!!! I use Picnik. It's free and very very simple to use. The grid popped up on the screen and I was able to easily crop the photo to fit the rule of thirds easily:) Here are some examples:





Before and after...see how much more interesting the image is off to the side a bit.




See how the flower lines up where the lines intersect.


It's broken into 3 interesting lines.


If you line up your focal point in one of those intersections it makes your shot more interesting and pleasing to the eye. It gives it some artistic expression...makes it tell more of a story etc... Anyway just try it. Instead of putting your object smack in the middle, move it off to the side a bit. It really does make the photograph better.


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Okay so now for the winners of this week's challenge. It was really hard for me to pick. I didn't count on so many good ones. Remember each week's semi-finalists will be put in the pot for the final week's prize. My two top favorite pictures will each win one of my cuffs:) YAY!





I picked this one because I went to Seattle last year and stood in line at the fish counter waiting for just this shot. It's almost impossible! Anyway catching that fish in mid flight is an amazing endeavor and a perfect example of shutter speed. Love the drops of water caught in mid-air too...awesome.






This was just cool. I meant to do something like this and never got around to it. Nothing like zooming past oncoming traffic while playing with your camera to get a fantastic shutter speed shot. That desperado deserves the win alone...ha!









Farmgirl Paints





Okay so link up and have fun. Play around with the Rule of Thirds. And for those of you who had trouble figuring it out last week...put your blog's url in the url section so I can find YOU. If you don't have a blog use my blog's url and then put your email in the caption (or title section) so I know who you are. Please include my button, so other people can find the project.  I'm going to make the thumbnail bigger this week so we can see your pictures better. You have ALL week.  Can't wait to see what you come up with.






Have a blessed day.













Example images were found at google "rule of thirds". 
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34 comments:

  1. the fish market shot is super cool. i like this rule of 3rds thing. my camera screen will pop up with a grid just like the ones above... now i know why! and how to make it benefit me! thank you. can't wait to snap away!

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  2. That winning photo was
    a great example of both
    aperture and shutter speed ~
    love it. I'm NOT in love
    with ISO ~ like you, I find
    the differences to be VERY
    subtle!
    xx Suzanne

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  3. Great lesson...love the rule of thirds:)

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  4. soooo what's the difference between ISO and apeture? just wondering? and i now know what those lines are when i take pics...learn something new everyday! can't wait to link up :)

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  5. Great lesson! Thanks for sharing with us. I was unable to delete the first photo I put up which isn't the one I wanted (#3) so feel free to delete it. My photo that I actually want submitted is the # 5. Thanks
    Sarah

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  6. Love the fish market shot! Thanks for the tips! I am so glad that you enjoying this and great way to brighten up these winter days! :)

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  7. I love the fluid of the market shot! And I am so excited to write and take a picture for the rule of thirds!

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  8. Great lesson! I'm enjoying these photography posts. I haven't had a lot of time for the photo contest but I may try this week.
    I love those last two photos of the flower and the beach. That fish market photo is a winner!

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  9. One of the biggest reasons I upgraded to the D700 was it's excellent low light capabilities.
    On my D5000, you would start getting grain at around ISO 800....you have to jack it all the way up to an unbelievable ISO of 6400 (!) to produce the same amount of grain on the D700!!!

    Great post, keep 'em coming!

    XO,
    Anne

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  10. hey becky! i have been away too long! i love you for sharing your learning with us! someone once tried to teach me about iso but went it went in one ear and out the other! i think i finally understand! thanks so much! i got a new camera for christmas! i am still trying to learn! looking forward to more! xo

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  11. My camera's ISO only goes up to 1600... bummer.. But I still do what I can with it. Your lessons are awesome and helpful and I love that you are sharing them with us!!

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  12. Way to make it easy for folks! Sounds like your class is going very well. So glad you're having fun!
    Lara

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  13. yippee! I feel like I should make a speech,thanking all the inspiring photographers like yourself that keep me from not getting discouraged and picking up my camera more often! I took that shot with my very first REBEL, last year, trying to learn more about my camera.

    I am the poster child for newbie photographers that have NO idea what they are doing!
    Thank you again! :)

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  14. okay i'm feeling like a dork not knowing anything about cameras! Love these posts... they have be realizing how many new things i have to learn! Great shots!!!! My bucket list keeps growing of what i must learn and do! thanks for the inspiration,
    xo,
    LuLu

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  15. Wow I go away for awhile and your off in school. If I start critiquing my pics like this I'll quit catching pictures. You go girl.

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  16. You picked great shots Becky ~ loving the fish market photo. I always try to off center my shots as I took a photography course many years ago and it is one of the best things I took away from it.

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  17. The fish pic is GREAT!! Thanks for posting the pic tips. I just need to pull out my camera and take some photos. I guess I'm always afraid it will get turned around and pointed at me.

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  18. I remember that fish shot... that is the same time I found all you ladies that met in Seattle... I think I had found LMM and she had featured you all on her blog that day... lol!!
    anyway... I need to come back and read this post when I am NOT tired!! lol! I love Seattle... I live so close and rarely visit... shame... =)

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  19. ok... in my defense ... it is b/c I always head for the beach instead... =)

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  20. Love these lessons! Keep 'em coming! :-)

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  21. hello my lady! I think you should keep doing these posts! They will help you get better and better! You're doing a great job!

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  22. Just found your blog by accident and what a happy accident it was. Love it! Will continue to follow. Thanks..

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  23. Thanks for sharing all of your new knowledge - now where did I put my camera :-).

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  24. my hubby is singing your praise right now! i have a Canon Powershot "point and shoot" that he bought me 3 years ago. being naive, i used it for just that and never questioned all the settings on it. i have been begging him for a new digital camera, the fancy ones that everyone is using. unfortunately, it's not making it very high on our budget list. you have only made 2 posts from your photo project and already i am learning how to use my little camera. i had no idea it could do all that a fancy one could, just in a cute hand-held version. i found the instruction booklet and it might as well be in spanish. thank you for making it more easy to understand and keep it up. i feel like i got a brand new camera...for free! You ROCK!

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  25. Very good project!
    I added a picture but it made me crop it so it may not look like it is using the rules..i hope you get to see the full image!! Love it
    http://climbingthelatter.blogspot.com/2011/01/thrive-project-rule-of-thirds.html

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  26. Hi Becky, I have been away from Blogging since the new year. Just really busy. But tonight I got a moment and follow-up on your blog. Thanks for inspiring me to pick up my camera and start practicing again. I got a new camera for xmas to be able to do the photo a day for 365 days but haven't even started. So I pledged tomorrow is the day! THANKS SO MUCH!

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  27. Oh Becky, thank you for that Rule of 3rds trick. I don't have the proper camera to be in your contest here, but I can certainly still use this rule with my small digital camera. I loved how you showed us the grid and all. Fabulous tip!

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  28. just reading over the lesson again because i'm going to put it into practice this weekend! yay! : ) can't wait to link-up on monday, just in the nick of time! happy weekend, sweet lady!

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  29. This rule of thirds is awesome! Never knew why that grid was there, now thanks to you I do know. I knew there was a reason why I like things in threes.
    Just linked up. So fun Becky! xx

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  30. i love that you're doing this girl! woot!

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  31. How have I missed that you are doing this??! I love it!! Ill try to figure out how to link up and be a part...:)

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  32. Such great pictures and thank you for these lessons Becky! So enjoying it...and just linked up too! This is the first time I have ever linked up - but it looks like I did it correctly! :) Have a gorgeous Monday!!

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  33. I am a new follower! I love your Thrive postings!! I just bought my first digital SLR camera (Canon Rebel T1i) and I'm so happy with it. With that being said, I don't know the first thing about it so while I may not be able to participate in a timely manner with your blog postings and your linky, I'll be putting your advice into action! Thanks!

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  34. opened your link through pinterest and couldnt figure out why Revelation Song (my fave) started playing. Then I noticed your playlist down at the bottom. I havent read any posts and already this is my favorite blog. I'll be following and experimenting more through your posts.

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