I promise, I am by no means an expert on this, since I just got my lovely camera last year and I haven't taken a class or read a book. I just picked up bits and pieces by reading other people's blogs and taking pictures. I should note that I have a 50 mm lens, which was recommended to me by a friend whose pictures I always admired on Facebook. I could not be happier with this lens. As lenses go, this is one of the less expensive lenses and I've been so happy with the results. This lens lives on my camera. It lets lots of light in and allows me to take pictures all day and night without a flash. It also has a shallow depth of field which means that it focuses on the subject and blurs out the background. So, you see the kids playing, but the unfolded laundry in the background is blurry (perfect!).
Here are some pictures I took of my secret project last night while I was blocking it.
This one was taken without the flash,
with some compact flourescent floor lamp lights pointed at it.
This one as taken with the flash.
The same lamps were on, but notice how you can't really tell?
This one was taken with the flash on, but with my hand in front of it.
I've experiemented with this technique before with a point and shoot camera and got better results.
This was also taken without the flash, with the same lamps as the first two shots.
These are the pictures I took this afternoon, about 1:30 pm. This is right by a west facing window, which gets lots of natural light all day. It's one of the things I love about our living room.
Makes a big difference doesn't it? The colour is just so much better.
Though, it is different. It's not actually 100% accurate.
The real colour is more brown and, at least on my computer, this looks pretty grey.
A note about the pattern... this was a lot of work. It was interesting and I got a lot better at it as I went along, but it required a lot of my concentration. I'll give a reveal after it's complete and it is in its recipient's hands.