When I write about mommy blogger photography, I do it with the nonprofessional mommy photographer in mind, because that's what I am. I write from my self-taught perspective to help make photography more accessible to the everyday photographer. If you happen to fall in that category, I have some fun techniques for you to try this summer.
1. Movement Blur.
Simply widen your aperture a little bit so that you can slow your shutter speed down to about 1/160 or slower. Then snap away. Of course you can use a slower shutter speed if you like. Any speed that is slow enough to capture the blur is fine.
2. Focal Zoom.
You need a zoom lens, of course. Depending on your lighting situation, you may need to narrow your aperture (dial up to a larger f-stop number). Slow down your shutter speed to about 1/160 or slower.
That's it. Very simple technique. The spot that you centered on stays in focus (mostly) while the rest blurs into a cool star wars like tunnel of blur. Starting all the way zoomed in or entirely zoomed out can give you varying effects. Try both and see which one you like better.
3. Light Writing.
Set your tripod up and a remote or self timer.
Set your ISO to 400 and your aperture to as wide as it will go (smallest f-stop number possible).
Turn off the auto focus on your lens. If you don't, your camera won't be able to find something to focus on and won't take the shot.
Now set your shutter speed VERY slow ... like 15-20 seconds slow.
Then take a small light source: a flash light, a sparkler, a glow stick, or a phone even! When the shutter goes off, start writing or drawing, until the shutter closes again. The camera captures all of the movement and creates a pretty picture of light.
If you're writing words, just remember that the resulting image will be of the reverse of what you drew.
one night after the kids went to bed. It would be fun to try it with kids, too, if you don't mind them staying up after dark. :)
It's addictive fun. I promise you, get ready to have a blast!
4. Mid-day Sun.
(As you can see, we like airplane rides around here ... )
5. Sun Flare.
And there you go. These are five fun things you can try this summer to beef up your photography experience. If my references to ISO, aperture, and shutter speed had you stumped, you can read my basics post for more information.