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Trial and Error

Posted by Ben on March 4, 2010

For those of you who are regulars here, you know that almost all of my photography experience so far has been doing landscapes and natural scenes.  I have had very few attempts at taking pictures of people.  But I was recently asked to help take some pictures at one of our weekly salsa lessons.  Out of the 75 shots or so that I got that night, I think this one, of one of my fellow salsa instructors,  is definitely the best.

I was shooting without the flash.  I figured it would get pretty annoying if I were going to be taking a bunch of pictures.  As a result, I was reduced to some fairly slow shutter speeds, especially when zooming in.  This shot was taken at the full 20x zoom, and had a shutter speed of 1/5 of a second.  After seeing that speed, I was really surprised with how clear the subject came out.  The camera automatically set itself to f5.7, giving a pretty small depth of field for this shot.  This produced a nicely blurred background.  Eventually I remembered to bump up the ISO; this one was at 80, but I think I moved up to 200 or so after a while.  The difference in quality was barely noticeable,  but the shutter speed dropped back to about 1/15 of a second.

Overall, I think this was a good learning experience for me, both for snapping pictures of people and shooting in lower light situations (at least compared to the direct sunlight I’m usually shooting in).

I can now say I am ready for spring break to start.  All that stands between me at this point is a meeting with my research professor and a Technical Writing assignment.  After that, I’m free.  I am looking forward to tomorrow night, when I’ll be helping to teach a salsa lesson at the Y for SVSDS.  We probably won’t have a lot of people there because of the break, but I’m still excited.

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