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.