I’m taking an online photography class called Push Past Your Comfort Zone from the fab Lisa at The Long Road to China. We’re halfway through week one and it is already funfunfun. Partly because Lisa is just plain awesome, but also because the other women taking the class are too.
Our assignment this week focused on Depth of Field (DOF), specifically deep and shallow. In a very non-techie nutshell “deep DOF” means the whole picture is in focus and “shallow DOF” means that only one part of the picture is in focus and the rest of the picture is blurred.
Here are my first snaps (taken a few minutes before gymnastics today) and the text I submitted with them to the group:
1) Shallow depth of field: was trying to get a shot of one flower but my photographer's assistant stepped over me and her glitter shoes and colorful snagged tights were more interesting anyhow. I think I needed more distance between her and the flowers to get better blurring. Nikon 35mm 1.8 on D300, 1/8000s at f/2.0, ISO 160.
2) Shallow DOF: 30mm Sigma 1.4 lens on the D300, 1/4000s at f/2.5, ISO 160.
3) Was trying to get some deep DOF of the backyard. This one is with the 35mm Nikon 1.8 lens on the D300, 1/320s, f/18, ISO 500.
What you can’t see in my creatively cropped photo above, by the way, are all the discarded clothes on the lawn (I swear, it seems like Ro and Ree leak clothing), the zipline cutting across the yard behind my head, two or three up-ended pink scooters and bikes on the walkway, an old yellow Easter bucket that I think has been there since last year, and the kitchen rug that apparently got thrown outside and forgotten in the midst of kitchen demolition.
Yay! If I have more time tomorrow (or I go anywhere more exciting than the backyard) I’ll try to take some more. It is so great to see what everyone else is doing and read about how they’re doing it.
If you want to learn more about your camera and have some fun with other beginning photographers, Lisa has opened up registration for her popular Get Out of the Auto Zone class that’s starting in May. It’s a 4-week class and happens over the internet, so no travel required. There are still a few spots open.