Mini-tutorial: Photography tricks for a Canon ELPH 170
From time to time I post pictures on my blog. After a stupid mishap last summer, I had to purchase a new camera and have been fiddling around with it and generally learning all its tricks. Now, for those of you that don't know, I've been a shutterbug since college (or to be completely honest, I see from looking through some family pictures that the hobby goes back to my childhood!). Anyway, I really got into it in college when I took a class and got a (standby for the geekery) Pentax ME SLR 35mm camera
|Yeah, it's blurry. I know. I shake a little. That and photography is another|
Part of what I've lamented losing that film-based 35mm for is all the neat filters and tricks it used to do. Now, the digital point and shoots are mostly for those who want to take pictures of their family or on vacation and that's fine, but I am, first and foremost, artistic when it comes to my pictures so all the polarization and macro lenses and filters were a joy to fiddle with. The quality of black and white the old 35mm could get me was just out of this world. No digital camera measures up. I've been (for one reason or another) breaking in a new digital camera (a Canon ELPH 170 , for those of you that are interested in that kind of thing) and the process of trying to learn how the thing reacts to different lighting situations, figure out how to stop motion when I want to, or create a motion blur when I want it to, has been a battle of trial and error. I've been taking a ton of test pictures and trawling the web and trying to learn all I can. Sure you can reproduce much of it in Photoshop, but I'd like to do as much in camera as I can. So imagine my delight when I ran across some articles about how to reproduce some of these effects. For instance, I've been experimenting with motion blur. Why, most average photographers would ask, would you want to blur a picture? Well, it makes the most awesome pictures! This article was particularly helpful for my little muse. (Yes, I want to bug Mr. Muse about going to the fair next time in it's in town, right?)
This one too, (I'll give you a minute to peruse the great pics, especially the last one on that page was inspiring and helpful)
Most of us camera geeks know that slowing down shutter speed can do this. However, the Canon point and shoots have the disadvantage that they don't allow you to control that (even in manual, unless I am overlooking a button--and anyone who's used this camera if you know better, please point me in the right direction!) I've always thought that ISO was based on the amount of light coming into the lens. I had never thought it could create that type of effect. I am supposing that's because I'm thinking in film not digital terms. So I tried this trick that that Photography Life article suggested, fiddling with the ISO and came up with some interesting "pictures". One of them (and for you from the blog hop, this is what you're here for) is this:
That, my lovelies, is the moon, a little drunk. ;) No. What it really was is me shooting the moon at Program, with an ISO setting of 200 and just moving the camera in an exaggerated way, and it produced a drawing in light. Cool, huh? FYI, I found out that you can actually move too fast and lose your picture. It takes some trial and error to get the effect you want, but if the final product is something lovely like that, it's worth the trouble.
Understanding ISO--a beginners guide (DSLR)
45 Beautiful Motion Blur Photos--Smashing Magazine
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