September 2010 Meeting NOCCC Beginner’s Digital Photography SIG
SIG Leader: John Krill #3160
This Sunday I took questions and we talked about various subjects.
How do I get both the main subject and a building in the background both in focus?
Use the depth-of-field abilities our your lens.
Depth-of-field (DOF) is defined as the portion of a scene that appears acceptably sharp in the image. Although a lens can precisely focus at only one distance, the decrease in sharpness is gradual on each side of the focused distance, so that within the DOF, the unsharpness is imperceptible under normal viewing conditions. The DOF is dependent on the focal length of the lens, the size of the aperture, and the distance from the camera to the primary subject. (From Wikipedia)
With a zoom lens the lens has an infinite focal lengths and so it is very difficult to determine the actual depth at any focal length.
Your best solution is to focus on the primary subject and use the highest aperture possible.
In general the area of sharpness is loosely define as the distance 1/3 in front of the subject and 2/3 behind.
Check out Depth of Field at the Wikipedia web site.
If you are not familiar with aperture or focal length or any other terms used in photography then the Beginners Digital Photography SIG is for you.
Web Site For Beginning Photographers:
This web site is for beginners and those that think they’ve moved beyond beginners. It’s called Photo Tutorials: http://photo.tutsplus.com/.
Just visit the site and judge for yourself. While at the site do a search for depth of field. There are several posts that explain depth of field and other basic facts of photography.
Another Photo Organizer:
Nikon has put up a new program for organizing your photos. I’m not going to review the program, that’s for you to do.
The program is called View NX 2.
You can download the program from the Nikon website. The Url is: http://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/16898/. Just scroll down to the bottom of the page and select the Windows or Mac version.
I may cover the basics of picture taking. What’s your problem?
I’m also looking into making calendars. There are quite a few online companies that allow you to make calendars. I may only get one or two done before the next meeting. We will see.
This report should be up on the SIG’s blog. I may go into greater detail and I will include screen shots as well.
I’ve been lax in posting to the blog. I hope to correct this. Because our meetings are once a month and last for only one and a half hours there is much more I can cover with the blog. Hopefully!
If you have a special request for information regarding digital photography let me know. E-mail me using the address listed below.
Check out the SIG Blog for other information and maybe info on what we will discuss at the next meeting.
See you at the next meeting.
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