Aperture: Theme Thursday

Good morning, friends! Another installment of Theme Thursday photos, comin’ atcha.  This week we played with our aperture settings a little.  Aperture happens to be my favorite photography trick because I think it can take a blah portrait (especially a close up) and turn it into something much more dramatic. Of course, as I learned yesterday, if your camera is on autofocus, as mine almost always is, sometimes an aperture that’s too high (low number, it’s confusing) makes the whole photo blurry.

Side note: how do you make sure your photos are in focus when you’re outside in the bright sun?  It is SO FRUSTRATING to get home and look at a hundred or more photos and find that they’re mostly out of focus but you couldn’t see it on the screen.

Anyway! Yesterday we went on a field trip to the USS Iowa battleship. It was super fun for everyone except Rosalie, and therefore, me. I did try and do my TT homework, though.  You know where it’s difficult to take good photos?  The inside cabins of a battleship! It makes everyone looks super dark or washed out.  First world problems, yes, I know.

Here’s what I got for you.

f/6.3 (lower aperture)

f/6.3 (lower aperture)

f/2.2 (higher aperture)

f/2.2 (higher aperture)

You can’t see very much difference in those two photos above, except in the ship in the background.  I think aperture makes a bigger difference when the image has a narrower angle. What do you think?

Sometimes you have to borrow another blogger’s kid for pictures because your own toddler is entirely uncooperative.

f/3.2

f/3.2

f/1.8

f/1.8

Next week: We begin the month of Editing practice! I love taking blah pictures and making them a tad more dramatic by cropping out unwanted elements.  Kind of like taking this:

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And making it this:

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Not that the boys are unwanted! Of course! But squinty eyes and awkward smiles, and well, you know.

If you don’t have Photoshop, you can use PicMonkey, which I actually prefer unless I need my images to be high resolution.  It’s so easy to use!

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Comments

  1. I never got around to getting my Theme Thursday photos done for today. I DID try to play with the aperture when I was taking my owl pictures, but the camera just wasn’t steady enough and I didn’t have the right lens for it. The auto mode did a pretty good job, but that is cheating. I can totally use my post today for next Thursday’s theme though. I cropped some of my owl pictures so you could see him better.
    I love the photos of the boats (and kids of course)!

  2. The color is beautiful in all of these.
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  3. Yes, love the color and all these shots. Especially love those sweet zoom-ins for emphasis! You’re daughter is such a beauty! 🙂 and Lulu’s little coat is just all the heart eyes! 🙂 Looks like a fun trip for y’all!
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  4. Diana(Da Min Kang) says:

    Hi! I”m Diana! How is it going? Our family is so so.When I see Rosalie’s pictures she looked liked an cute little angel!!! I miss you guys!! The pictures was fascinating!! See you later!!

    Love Diana