June 6th, finally decided to get on with this photo blog! probably to celebrate the first anniversary of the acquisition of my Nikon DSLR. I practice photography almost every day now.
I want to share some books that I read about photography that inspired my creativity:
The Photgrapher’s Eye by Michael Freeman. About composition. Excellent writing, sometime a bit technical. Fantastic illustrations.
Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson. Basics to understand light. A must read for everyone who buys a DSLR (and wants to use it). Very easy read, I really enjoyed this book.
Should I say thank you Mark Zuckerberg? yes, in some ways I received tons of support from friends and family through Facebook, and it has empowered me to get going working on photography.
I’m sometime frustrated by the amount of technology knowledge needed to master a DSLR, I’m looking for a book / website that explains the mechanics of image, with illustrations (for dummies). What I learned in primary school is simply not enough. If you know of a good resource, give me sign.
My goal over the next few months is to work on exposure modulation to render strong contrasts and improve textures. I found that little +/- button, controlling the bracketing of my exposure. Shoot with an exposure of -1/3 or -1/7 stop or more if you want to highlight the most luminous elements of your composition.
In this example below, showing lamps outside a chinese restaurant in Vancouver: The lights are in the shade of a restaurant patio, but it’s 12PM on a spring day, so it’s fairly bright overall. By decreasing the exposure by 1 full stop,It’s seems like I shot at night time, the contrasts are sharp and the texture of the lamps stands out.