A Post Even Though I Should Be Sleeping–

30 01 2009

It’s late and I’m tired, but I don’t want to go to bed. I haven’t watched television (besides Little Einsteins and Phineas and Ferb) for a couple of weeks, so I’m glutting on the Food Network (Good Eats “Olive Me” episode currently running) and doing random things on the computer. Random, like updating my blog.


I’ve been taking a photography class at a community college. Every Sunday, my brothers, parents, and I have a Family Chat. After almost everyone else left this last week, I told my one brother, El Jefe, about my class. El Jefe is a great photographer. If you don’t believe me, just look at these.

Actually, most of my brothers know more about photography than I do. Anyway, I was telling El Jefe about my assignment this last week, which was to take three to five pictures in manual mode.

All week long, I’d been taking photos, yanking the aperture and shutter speed clear one way or the other until I came to a happy (lucky) medium. I got a few good shots:


He’s watching tv.


This one was a little out-of-focus, but I love it–Colby’s walking and quite happy about it.


This is my favorite from this week. I wish I knew what I did so I could do it again.

So, El Jefe and I were chatting away, and I was bemoaning how thick my skull is when it comes to figuring out aperture and shutter speed. El Jefe gave me some tips, a few things to try to get used to manual mode. Then he said, “And don’t forget to use your meter!”

And I said, “What meter?”

And he said, “Your teacher wants you to take pictures in manual mode, and he didn’t teach you how to use your meter?”

Me: No.

El Jefe: That’s lame.

Friends out there in blogland, I have excellent news: you don’t have to memorize which apertures go with which shutter speeds in any given lighting condition.

[Insert sounds of angels singing.]

Here I thought in order to be able to use the manual setting on my camera I would have to know that (up there, right before the angels) in my brain. My brain is too full for all those numbers. But guess what! Your SLR camera will have a METER somewhere that will TELL you which aperture and shutter speed will work in your current condition.

[Insert angels singing again.]

I asked Stan the next day. “Did you know about the meter?”

He smirked and said, “Yeah. Didn’t you?”

So, I am apparently the last person on earth to find out about the camera meter. But that’s okay because NOW I KNOW.

And I will use this knowledge to take fantastic pictures. Or at least try to, and possibly come closer to achieving it.


Stay tuned for next week’s assignment: Use shutter speed to stop action or a panning motion to take a photo with appropriate blur.

(As opposed to inappropriate blur.) I need to focus on Alton Brown now; he’s telling me about making dips. There’s nothing I like more than a good cracker/chip dip. Good night!