Chapter 2: The Look of a Photograph
You Don’t Need to Know Everything
Going Beyond Automatic: Exposure Basics
Shutter Speed and Freezing Motion
Aperture and Depth of Field
Using Program Modes
What Do You Want?
While intimidating at first, learning the more technical aspects of photography and how to use your camera will, in the end, give you more tools at your fingertips. These tools enable you to repeat those lucky shots you get from time to time and, later on, to realize your creative vision for photographing children.
If you are a beginner, try working through the assignments at the end of each chapter using your camera’s automatic mode and autofocus. Then, when you feel ready for the next challenge, you can gain more control by placing your camera into specific program modes or priority modes. If you have a point-and-shoot camera that limits your choices, you can still apply much of the information in this book. As you read through the book, notice that under each photograph there is a description of the image as well as technical information provided that gives you information as to how the photographer got that shot, as in 2-1. This chapter helps you understand what those numbers mean and how they can affect the look of every photograph you take.
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