If the title led you to believe that this is intended as an introspective post about the current direction of my life and how I intend to make some changes….
Were you aware that the Canon 60d (and probably every other DSLR out there) allows you to change the point of focus?
I’m sure that those of the photographic inclination are fully aware of that. I, until just a few days ago, was unaware, and just played with this new concept today. Did you just widen your eyes and shake your head in disbelief that I, owner of such a camera for 7 or so months, have just now figured that out? What can I say? I’m just now reading the manual.
The other excuse is the fact that, after taking the online Mastering Manual Exposure class this summer, my entire focus has been on, well, mastering manual exposure (not there, yet :).
And while I’m still acutely aware of every aspect of exposure, I’ve become comfortable enough with it to begin spreading my wings into other areas.
Take white balance, for instance. The last week of class included white balance. I didn’t get it and, frankly, found it overwhelming. In the three prior weeks I had learned aperture, shutter speed and ISO. In week four I was supposed to add white balance?! Didn’t happen. I’d say it’s only been over the last couple of months that I have been noticing and playing more with white balance.
Same with composition…and focus. There’s a part of me that wonders if I would be better served by focusing (hah!) on just one thing at a time, learn everything I possibly can about that one thing, then move to the next. But, I read something…either in a book or online and find myself intrigued and wanting to try it. I guess I’m not going to lose any sleep over it.
Today I wanted to play with changing the point of focus, so I pulled on my rubber boots and headed out onto our property. It’s overcast today. And drippy. And mossy. And puddley. You get the idea.
I used the 50mm for all of the shots. I changed the focus point quite a bit and, I have to admit, a bit of a light bulb went off. Being able to change the focus point has a serious impact on composition! Cool! The other thing that I am trying to be more cognizant of the histogram. I always check it, but I think that I rely too much on the rather small LCD to gauge overall exposure. Today I made a concerted effort to really look at the histogram with each photo taken and to adjust based upon what it was telling me.
Okay, then! There you have the contents of my brain, dumped out on paper. I’m off to make oatmeal cookies for the oatmeal sandwich cookies that I’m taking to a superbowl party tomorrow. With maple buttercream filling. And I’m thinking about glazing some bacon with bourbon and brown sugar and adding that to the icing. It would then be breakfast, right? Oatmeal, maple, bacon? I might make some homemade pasta, too, for dinner. Haven’t quite decided if I’m that ambitious, though.