Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Magical Blur Revealed....

okay, so you know I've been playing around with my camera this past week, and I've been discovering lots of new ways to use it. Sad to say, I've only had the camera 4 years, but for some reason the manual just hadn't made sense up until now. Okay...I barely read it, but still!

So, the next neat trick I found this week is how to create that magical illusion of a blurry background in a close up shot, its actually called depth of field. You know, the one where the images in the background seem to fade and the close up shot is clear? I've read a few tutorials on how to do it, but not fully understanding aperture and AE/AF, etc, it was all Greek to me until I discovered that my lovely Nikon 5400 has this feature already built into it, with automatic settings. All I had to do was switch to micro mode under the "scenes" setting, point and shoot, and the camera did all the work for me. If you don't have this automatic setting on your camera, try reading this article over at searchwarp.com it explains it way better than I ever could.

In addition to the new blurry background, I've been really experimenting with taking closer shots and at different angles. I'll let you be the judge on how my camera lessons are coming along. Let me know what you think.


This necklace will be available soon as one of my fall pieces....It's called "Rachel". Did I mention that I love my Nikon 5400?

Unveiling in photography,
Dee

You can find more of my jewelry at Runako Designs

5 comments:

Alexia said...

Better late than never! lol

Vicki Bensinger said...

I need to get a new camera. My food photos could be so much better if I had a better camera. What do you like about it Dee? Is it very pricey?

Dee said...

Alexia - You're right, and I'm loving the late, LOL.

Vicki - I there is actually a newer version I believe is 5000, check their site. It's not a small camera, but probably what you would consider an inbetween. There's so much I do like about, I can't even go into detail. Mostly I enjoy the extras, like the scenes, I can go automatic where the camera does all the work, or manual, where I do all the work, and there are two more settings that allow some auto, some manual. You'll have to visit their site to see the other details, but I've only had 1 problem with it in the 4 years that I've had and it takes great photos. Even action shots come out great. I'll be posting some photos of Eric football game yesterday that I took from underneath the bleachers..many many feet away!

Christine Anderson said...

I will have to check out that camera (or maybe I should try reading the manual on mine first! Lol). You have been taking some great pics!

Dee said...

Christine, reading the manual was an eye opener, LOL

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