Photography for the Blogger
by: David Fisher/Tibbon
Who is this guy?
• Engineer: Taylor Barefoot Productions 2003-2005
• Music Business Management: Berklee College of Music 2006
• Portrait Innovations, 2006-2007
• Jazkarta, 2007-2008, @natea’s company
• GamerDNA, 2008-Present
And the most important
skill in photography is
Camera Depth of Field
Lens SLR Blur
Rule of Thirds
Point & Shoot ASA
Grey Card ISO Aperture Filter
• Aperture is expressed in f-stops.
• Smaller number = more open = more light hits sensor (f/1.2). Narrow
Depth of Field (DoF)
• Larger number = more closed = less light hits sensor (f/8). Deep DoF.
• If little light, use largest aperture possible (ex: f/2.8)
• If lots of light, you have choices. Aperture can be used to cut down on
• Sensitivity of ﬁlm/sensor to light
• Lower numbers (ISO/100) need more light.
• Lower numbers have less grain, higher image quality
• Higher numbers (ISO/3200) need less light.
• Higher numbers have more grain, lower image quality
Need More Need Less
Slow shutter Speed up
speed shutter speed
Open Aperture Close Aperture
Higher ISO Lower ISO
How does this affect me? How does this work with my camera? I have program modes and a point and shoot. What Aperture and
shutter aren’t skills.
They give us the vocabulary for problem solving skills.
Taking photos is EASY. We can all take photos. But how do we take good photos? You’re going to have problems at some point
taking photos and you have to have the problem solving skills to get around them.
Bloggers encounter complex situations often in photography.
Simply & Analyze
These terms allow us to analyize and simply photographic situations.
A few ﬁnal things. Most modern cameras have meters. These tell us how much light is coming into the lens, essentially help try
to tell us how much light we need coming into the camera. This helps tell you how to set the aperture, shutter and iso settings
that we just talked about.
Which brings us to Program modes. Cameras today are smart and often contain powerful computers that can help guess settings
for us. In many settings these modes can do ﬁne jobs at producing average photos.
One of the most important aspects however is the LENS. Good lenses aren’t cheap. If you go with an SLR expect to spend about
as much on decent lenses as you do on the camera body.
If you don’t like the way a camera feels, then you aren’t going to use it much. For professionals these often become make or
break features. Do you like the way it feels in your hand? Can you ﬁgure out the menus easily? Are things marked well? Does the
button placement make sense for you?