Ok, I have a funny story to tell you that has absolutely nothing to do with my photo for today LOL. As you all know, I am really just an amateur when it comes to photography, but I am trying to learn more every day, and recently, I bought a Canon Rebel T3i, but I only get little snippets of time here and there to learn its features.
Yesterday I received a message from Gary at krikitarts regarding my post entitled Approaching Sunset. It was obvious that I had had some trouble with exposure because the sky was so bright, but if I tried to darken it with Levels in Photoshop, the grass and trees became far too dark. He suggested that I might want to start trying multiple exposures when taking shots like this and then maybe using some HDR software to help get a more balanced exposure effect. This was not the first message that I had received from a fellow blogger regarding this subject because I have so many helpful followers out there 🙂 (Gary, Rick, Jeff, Nick, just to name a few), so I have really started to think that I need to learn more about it. However, because I am such a newbie, I often don’t quite know what these much more experienced photographers are talking about :).
This is where my funny story comes in. I puzzled it around in my head, and then sent a reply to Gary asking if I needed to use a tripod so that the shot would remain exactly the same each time I changed the exposure (ok I hear you laughing already, but Gary did tell me afterwards that tripods are always a good idea). After hitting the send button, I googled exposure bracketing just for fun, and after reading only a few sentences it hit me like a ton of bricks – Duh Cindy, you have new fancy, smancy camera. It probably has a setting for this. And sure enough, I consulted my trusty manual which I have only glanced at so far, and there was a whole section on Auto Exposure Bracketing. I felt like such an idiot! LOL. It’s obvious that I need to devote some time this summer to learning the features of my camera and some general photography techniques as well. Can anyone tell me how to add some more hours to each day??
Ok, if you have finished laughing now, here’s another bird picture from the beach at Isle of Palms, South Carolina. For this one I had no trouble with exposure, and I love how the sunlight is highlighting all of his colours and features. He’s a really sarcastic little guy though. When I stare into his eye, I realize what he is thinking – “Wow, I can’t believe you didn’t know that! Everyone knows about the setting for Auto Exposure Bracketing!!”