Here we are again, another week has passed, and I am still attempting to get the lighting right on my photos, in various situations. I thought this week instead of practicing on my impatient children, I would focus on decorative items throughout my house. Each room in my house has different light availability so I thought it would be the perfect way to practice how to change ISO, SS, Aperture to accommodate my surroundings. Some rooms have windows available but some don’t, so I had to really focus on where the limited light was coming from and use it to my best abilities. Below are some of my test shots and underneath is what I had my settings set to. Most of these have the same shutter speed as none of my subjects were moving! 😉
Henry the Giraffe: 1/25, f.3.8, ISO 200
Henry is my newest test subject, and is a great listener. He was looking out the window, deep in thought here. The natural lighting is the easiest to work with so far.
Chandelier: 1/25, f 3, ISO 400
I lowered the f stop to blur the background more, but had to up the ISO to 400 to add a bit more light since I was taking the picture towards the window instead of using the light from the window. It gave it a shadowing effect.
Owl: 1/25, f.2, ISO 200
For Mr. Owl I used the light from the window in the dining room similar to Henry in the kitchen. I lowered the f stop, to blur the background. It’s one of my favorite effects, can you tell?
Lantern: 1/25, f.4.5, ISO 200
The lantern sits on the floor in our sitting room. I tried to use the same shadowing effect I did on the dining room chandelier. The f stop is higher because I didn’t need the background blurred, I wanted it more sharp, and more in focus.
Budha: 1/40, f.3.5, ISo 6400
Mr Budha was harder to photo. This is in my hallway, where there is no windows, and hardly any light at all. The fake light available is very yellow, so pictures turn out quite grainy. I changed the shutter speed on this just slightly to see if it changed the photo any. I also, had to put the ISO up as far as I could so that I could allow as much light as possible into the shot, as it’s a very dark area. I love had the white candle is blurred and the rest is in focus. I would have preferred a little more light in this shot.
Elephant: 1/30, f 4.5, ISo 3200
I love my random elephant, in my front room. It sits guarding my fireplace, and when turned on in the winter, it gives off a lovely golden glow from the fake flames. (I know a real fireplace is better but I have little babas, safety first). I got as far down on the carpet as possible, keeping in mind last week’s lesson on angles. I wanted to look up to the elephant, like it was in charge of everything and make it appear bigger than it really is, which is the size of my hand. I had to keep the ISO quite high because my living room has horrible lighting and hardly any natural light.
Clock: 1/25, f.2.2, ISO 800
I have a small obsession with huge clocks. If only I had more space on my walls for more. This is my favorite shot, of my practice shots, mostly because half the clock is in focus and the other half is out of focus. I have the f stop at 2.2 to gain this affect and had to have the ISO semi-high at 800 because I wanted the photo really light. I love photos that look airy/full of light.
Curtain Tie Backs: 1/25, f 3.2, ISo 400
I struggled with the curtain tie backs. I was trying to achieve more light into this one, but the left side had none and the right side had too much from the sliding glass door, therefore, if I put the ISO up, the picture was way too light to see the crystals, and if I put it lower the photo itself was too dark. This was the only balance I could get, but I still wasn’t happy with the results. I had the f stop at 3.2 to semi-blur the window so you couldn’t see the grass outside.
What do you think? If you are experienced with photography and see a shot that could have been better, please let me know what you would have changed the settings to, to make it a better photo. If you are inexperienced, please I would still love your feedback on what you think of my photos. Do I have weird angles, do you like my angles, do you think my photos are all too close or far away? All honest opinions are welcome, as this is a learning process for me and the only way to learn is through constructive criticism.