Over the past few weeks, I have learned so much in regards to my camera. Before hand, I knew nothing of how to operate my camera; I mean, I didn’t even know what a live photo was. I’ve learned that there is so much more to taking a picture than just clicking a button. There’s making sure you’re settings are set right, making sure you have the right lighting or even just making sure you’re taking the right photo. I knew nothing of any of the camera controls that I’ve learned about over the course of this week.
When I say camera controls, I mean the shutter speed, f-stops, ISO and white balances. Whether your camera is on automatic or manual also makes a difference as well. When you’re taking a picture, you want to make sure that you have the right exposure meaning the amount of light available and making sure your shutter speed and f-stops are set correctly. Shutter speed pertains to light quantity and shutter speed pertains to the duration of time of the picture. As a first time camera user, I’m learning to pay attention to my lighting when taking a picture so that I know the right amount of light I want in my pictures and to pay attention to my shutter speed so I know what fraction of a second I want my picture being taken in. It is also important to make sure that you have the correct ISO settings or your picture could come out too light or too dim. Every camera has different ISO settings so it just depends on how your camera works. I happen to have a 35mm DSLR Canon camera and my ISO setting goes as high as 6400 as and as low as 400. Now if I were take a picture outside, I would go with a low number for my ISO and if I were to be inside, I’d go with a high number. The matter of getting and knowing which ISO works best for which setting just means that you have to play around with your camera for a while. What worked for me was taking a few pictures with the different settings so I can I know which worked best with certain exposures.
Being a photojournalist is not easy. It’s important to know how to operate your camera because if you go to a shoot not knowing how to set the right ISO or shutter speeds, you could miss taking the right photo. Photojournalism is a profession where we capture the picture that tells a story so it’s important that you know what you’re doing with your camera and how to do it. I’m learning so much as I move forward in the class, especially the different ways to capture a photo. I always thought that I could take the perfect picture with just the click of a button but I’ve learned that we, photojournalists control how we capture a picture through a lens.