Friends and family know I’m learning to be a better photographer this year, but I’m still very much a beginner. There are about 58,000 photos on TrailDamage.com, most of them taken by me, and yet I really have no idea what I’m doing. I think I usually do a decent job at composition, but I never take my camera out of automatic mode. My goal is to learn what my camera does so I can take better photos.
My first step was to learn how to manipulate the Exposure Triangle, which is changing aperture, shutter speed, and ISO sensitivity to work with light. I knew a little bit about it, but not much. Naturally, I signed up to give a speech about it for my Toastmasters club, Flatirons View, so I had to learn it and learn it quickly.
I put together a small website to gather information for the club, and then gave my speech. It was about 2/3 lecture and 1/3 workshop where I helped introduce the Exposure Triangle to the group. I think it went well. I got a lot of good feedback.
I’m also participating in the Dogwood 52 Photography Challenge this year, and I used my new skills to change the aperture for a photo I took. That’s what makes part of the image blurry, forcing you to focus on the sharp portions of the photo. I still need a lot of practice, but this is going to be a fun adventure!