No, I’m not undertaking another 365 Project. I’ve decided I’m completely against number challenges – 365, numbered week Project Life, 30 Days of anything . . . if you want to create something, just do it or don’t do it. It doesn’t make much sense to me to snap a crappy photo just so you don’t miss day 162. Numbers aside, though, shooting every day is not a bad thing – it’s just not always a possible thing . . . because there’s that life thing. So, while I never again want to assign a number to another creative endeavor, I would like to shoot more, so, I’ve signed up to receive Katrina Kennedy’s daily emails designed to help you along with your 365 Project through her website, Capture Your 365.
Yesterday’s prompt (because I’m already a day behind – and – I just don’t care. In fact, I’m not going to do today’s prompt because it’s about capturing a candid photo, and Joe’s not home, and I feel like I have enough dog photos for the week) was to take a photo of something handmade. The prompt also gave a nice tip about finding good light – near an open window, in a doorway, etc. Unfortunately, now that it’s daylight savings, there is no light by the time I get home, so I had to settle.
So, what do you do if you have to settle? First, crank up that ISO – that’s what it’s there for – low light situations. When I used to shoot film, I really didn’t like shooting above 400 speed film (which is the closest correlation you can get to ISO – film speed), because of the grainy character of the photos. Ah, silly me – I was young. But, back then, grain wasn’t retro – it was just the way it was. Now, I’m ok with a little grainy quality – because it resembles film. Go figure. When I shot with film, I didn’t want it to look like film, and now that there’s no film – well, there’s a filter for that. Anyway, with the Canon 7D, I can shoot with nearly no grain at 800 – even on a sunny day, if I’m capturing a lot of motion, I may leave it on 800. For these photos, I pushed my ISO up to 1000.
Next, stablize your camera. Obviously, this means go get your tripod out of your closet. I’m lazy. I didn’t feel like getting my tripod, setting it up, or disassembling it for one photo. Lazy lazy girl. So, I put my handmade item on the windowsill, and I set my camera down on the sill. There, it’s still on the sill. Of course, you can get camera shake, however slight, from when you press the shutter button down, especially since you’re going to shoot at a ridiculously slow shutter speed. If you’re photographing something important, set your timer – the shutter will go off automatically, no pressure from your finger, and no shake. For this, I didn’t do that – because I really didn’t care that much. This sloppines of mine I guess defeats the purpose of practicing – if you’re too lazy to practice good habits, you won’t have good habits. Whatever.
Then, pick your settings – as long as your camera’s stable – the correct exposure depends on what your vision is – do you want the whole thing in focus, or just a bit with a blurred background?
Because my camera wasn’t on a tripod, and not truly stable, I went wide – 3.5 f and short 1/15 –
The above is the on-the-way-to being finished Smolder –
I know – it looks more finished in this photo, but this is only one of four triangles. All four triangles are complete – and now they have to be icorded together. In the top photo you can see all of the live stitches that are hanging out on a holder.
I hate icord.
Wonder why it’s not finished.