Week 1

For our very first Life Through a Lens activity we chose a colour or an object to be our focus for a series of photographs. It was a helpful lesson on the fundamentals of shooting manually on DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. I have had the Sony Alpha 5100 Mirrorless for a year or so, but, I’ve never quite grasped the meaning of aperture, ISO and shutter speed, let alone how to use them to create nice photos. So the class was a really great first lesson.

I thought it’d be better to use a DSLR so I tried borrowing my friends Nikon DSLR. I gave up instantly, but maybe that’s because it was 1:00AM and I’m a grandma. But, sticking with my Sony seems wiser anyway as it’s my own.

For the activity, I chose orange and despite the fact that:

  1. My laptop broke before our first lesson

  2. Apple said my laptop will be in repair for 14 days

  3. Thankfully, my housemate is letting me borrow hers. But, it’s in Japanese.

  4. I can’t download Adobe because it will log me out of my laptop

  5. Our wifi provider said “Before your wifi works, it will take 33 days to register your address.”

  6. I’ve gone over my phone data from using my hotspot for uni. $50 for a measly 5GB.

BUT, the photos are done and dusted.

Photography is no doubt an amazing skill to have under your belt so I’m really excited for what we’ll learn next and hope I’ll improve on all levels of understanding photography and hopefully, it’ll become a bit more intuitive as the weeks go by.

ISO1/25 F3.5 ISO 400  Taking photographs at night has always been risky business. I wanted to use the knowledge we learnt in class on aperture, ISO and shutter speeds where I knew I have struggled before. The photos turned out much better than with automatic shooting. I can’t wait to learn more about it to get the photos just right.

ISO1/25 F3.5 ISO 400

Taking photographs at night has always been risky business. I wanted to use the knowledge we learnt in class on aperture, ISO and shutter speeds where I knew I have struggled before. The photos turned out much better than with automatic shooting. I can’t wait to learn more about it to get the photos just right.

1/20 F3.5 ISO 400  During this week I was struggling to find the setting where you can change the ISO. So, I’m keen to figure that out and apply adjustments better next week!

1/20 F3.5 ISO 400

During this week I was struggling to find the setting where you can change the ISO. So, I’m keen to figure that out and apply adjustments better next week!

1/25 F18 ISO400  It was hard to seek out orange for the mini series. I saw this bike in the middle of the city and I found it really awkward to take photos of it because there were heaps of people around. For a bike, I don’t mind the picture!

1/25 F18 ISO400

It was hard to seek out orange for the mini series. I saw this bike in the middle of the city and I found it really awkward to take photos of it because there were heaps of people around. For a bike, I don’t mind the picture!

1/40 F7.1 ISO400

1/40 F7.1 ISO400

Angelina Watson