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and I also custom design wedding and special event stationery.
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Friday, June 12, 2009

Back to Basics

I'm pretty horrible when it comes to habits and routines. When I find something that's comfortable, and pleasing, I stick with it. Sometimes for too long.

I bought a 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens last year that has rarely been removed from my camera since I ripped open the box and first gazed at it in amazement. Because I have also slipped into the comfort zone of the automatic controls on my digital camera, I very often fell victim to user error. I prefer to control my depth of field, so I shoot on the "A" setting and don't pay much attention to the shutter speed. Primary rule of thumb when working with long range focal lengths: always shoot a faster shutter speed than the focal length you are shooting at. This means, at 50 mm, shoot at 1/60 or faster, etc. I could fill volumes with all my blurry photos caused by ignoring the shutter speed. I learned photography on my Dad's manual Canon AE-1, circa 1980, and loved the control I had. I shot manual all through photojournalism school, wihtout any fears. So now that I've gotten into this digi-automatic comfort zone, I don't want out!

But I do want to take better pictures. And everywhere I look, the pros I envy are screaming "learn manual and never look back!" So just for fun, I grabbed my favorite model, grabbed my handy dandy 50 mm f/1.8 lens and set my dial to "M."

On a separate back to basics note, I recently discovered my camera bag is a time capsule:

I found this exposed roll of film in my camera bag when I cleaned it out in preparation to shoot a wedding recently (photos of that to come soon!) And I have no idea what is on it! I haven't shot a roll of film in over 3 years, so your guess is as good as mine. I'm a little curious as to why my initials are on it as well. I'm too young to be having senior moments. I will develop it over the weekend and report next week.


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About Kelly Tarleton

I've always been a creative person, and the one who always had a camera on-hand at a moment's notice for any occasion. Photography and graphic design dominated my life in school and I loved every minute of it. I miss that constant creative outlet and want to share more of it with my family and friends through this blog.See more of my work at my website:

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