Basics of Photography


To take good pictures, there are three things you need to know: shutter speed, aperture, and iso. These are the three fundamental settings that you can use to change how your picture looks.

Shutter Speed can be described as the amount of time that your camera’s image sensor is exposed to light. In other words, it’s how fast or slow the picture is taken. This is helpful because it gives you the choice of capturing motion in your picture or completely freezing it. Sutter speed can also be used to affect the brightness of your image. A slower shutter speed will make your image brighter, and a faster shutter speed will make your image darker.

The next setting is aperture. The aperture is basically the size of the circular opening in your lens. The size of your aperture affects how much light is let in through your lens. It also affects your depth of field. Depth of field can basically be described as how much of your image is in focus. A smaller depth of field means less of your image will be in focus, and a larger depth of field means more of your image will be in focus.

Lastly, there’s iso. This is the sensitivity to light that is captured by your image sensor. A higher iso is more sensitive to light, making your image brighter, and a lower iso makes your image darker.



Reflection (Limitations of Language)


The major difficulty with this writing is that you don’t get to show your audience what you’re talking about; you can only tell them. I believe that having some pictures of different parts of the camera and caparisons of pictures with different camera settings would have helped tremendously. This way, the reader would be able to see what I’m talking about as they read. Another issue was the word limit. I think that if I had a 500-word limit, I could have explained things more thoroughly and I could have answered some of the questions that I would expect the reader to have.

In terms of how I used language, I almost felt like I was translating things that I would think about in photography terms into more common-person terms, For example, a photographer would never say shutter speed is how fast or slow the picture is taken; they would say something like it’s the length of your exposure.

In order to make things more understandable to the reader, I had to translate the idea of shutter speed from photography terms into normal terms. Although the way a photographer might talk about shutter speed is more accurate or correct, it would be much harder for a non-photographer to understand what the photographer is talking about.

I think the best thing to do is to present the idea or topic in a more normal person language, and then give them the more technically correct term that might be used. This makes it easier for the learner to understand in the beginning, but it also gives them the opportunity to understand more deeply as they progress.

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