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#PhotographyProblems Vol.1

Published June 30th, 2013

So the other day I went to the Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky to take photos of all the pretty little fishies and the 3 SharkRays and the jellyfish and all the other really cool critters they have. But when I started taking photos I was disappointed to find that the pictures I was taking looked absolutely atrocious. Now, I am by no means claiming to be a great photographer, and I will probably get better when I start my Photography degree at the Columbus College of Art & Design in the fall, but these photos were horrible even for a two-year-old. I'm talking blurry, strange exposure, odd coloring, and did I mention blurry?

I use a Nikon D5100 and the lens I started shooting with was the 18-55mm lens (the one that comes standard with every Nikon). After playing around with settings and experimenting for the better part of an hour, I settled on something that sort-of worked, but didn't get me the kind of quality shots I was looking for. I then determined that the lens wasn't allowing enough light into the camera for proper exposure, so I switched to my 50mm lens that allows in a lot more light. Still, I had to have to aperture wide open to be able to find a shutter speed that was capable of capturing the constantly-moving critters in the aquarium. But because of the aperture, I there wasn't much wiggle room in my depth of field and the fish kept moving in and out of this shallow depth of field so fast that I was unable to capture very many photos that were focussed nicely.

After coming home and looking at the 500-ish photos I had taken, I ultimately decided on a small selection of about 24 that I will be able to do anything with. While I'm disappointed that I was unable to get the shots I was looking for, I want to use this as a learning experience and get feedback from other photographers on what to do to improve my skills and help out my photos. So if you have any words of advice for me, will you please help and leave me some comments? I would really appreciate it!!

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