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Over the course of these past few weeks I have increasingly spent more time focusing on photography. Going onto researching functions of cameras including ISO, aperture, depth of field and image formats such as RAW on-line as well as purchasing magazines and books to for a more in-depth look.



I have also spent some time speaking with fellow friends and budding photographers who have similar aspirations or are simply hobbyists, this has given me a larger perspective and also aided me in my own personal skills and what to look for in a photo and a camera.



Having such an increase in such interest/activity and conversations with friends and teachers I have also decided to take up photography in school, taking both an AS and A2 level in the course of one year in order to acquire the grades and a fully fleshed portfolio if I want to pursue a course in University and career associated with media or directly the photography industry itself.
This will allow me to gain more knowledge in the photography industry, whilst also learning the various techniques when taking photos that I need in order to be successful



My course will begin this June and carry on over to next year until I finish in August 2013, by then I hope I will be ready to take the next steps that I need in order to gain a career in the media industry.



By June of this year I also hope to purchase a new camera to help me learn the ropes of using a DSLR as well as helping me to improve my techniques and utilize the technology many photographers use today. Specifically I was aiming to get either the Canon EOS 550D or the 600D DSLR at around the price range from £300-£650. Any comments on either the two cameras (more so the 600D) and how good they are would be appreciated.



As I've said earlier before, I started to want to develop a large knowledge to do with camera functions, one of these was the use of aperture and the use of depth of field. Today I decided to play around with the
function on the Canon S90 CSC.



Over the time, I realized that I had to accommodate to certain conditions during shooting. This included change the aperture in order to get a decent depth of field as well as maintaining a decent focus on the subject. Changing the ISO was also necessary as the ever changing lighting conditions as a result of the unreliable British weather resulted in over or under exposure in certain images. I also found in certain shots manual focusing was also needed as the
function was not always up to scratch on focusing on the subject, though I still am yet to get the knack of getting the most out of both manual focusing and the
function.
Finally as a result of using the
function I have also found that I needed to consider the shutter speed which is automatically set as I change the aperture, learning that I needed to time certain shots correctly in order to attain the best result.



By the end I realized I still have much to learn about the particular technique and use of aperture, and I hope to refine the skill, though I shouldn't blame the equipment I feel that with a DSLR I would be able to achieve greater results using such a function.



Below are the results :

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Consero

Taken using a Canon S90 whilst practising the technique of using the
function on the camera to manipulate the depth of field.

In my opinion this one came out quite well and gave a nice vibe and sharpness to the subject in the photo.

The subject at hand was my guitar - a Fender Squire Stratocaster.

Martin Fu 2012 ©

  • April 9th, 2012
  • Canon PowerShot S90
  • 6mm / f/2.8 / 1/200 sec
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In Tune

Taken using a Canon S90 whilst practising the technique of using the
function on the camera to manipulate the depth of field by altering the aperture/f number to f/2.8

This one was probably the most successful shot out of the set of photos I took during the course of altering the apertures giving a decent sense of depth as well as perspective.

The subject at hand was my guitar - a Fender Squire Stratocaster.

Martin Fu 2012 ©

  • April 9th, 2012
  • Canon PowerShot S90
  • 6mm / f/2.8 / 1/400 sec
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Volumize

Taken using a Canon S90 whilst practising the technique of using the function Av on the camera to manipulate the depth of field by altering the aperture.

Like In Tune I found this shot to be another of the more successful images when considering depth of field. With the volume switch being clearly in focus whilst the rest of the image is aptly blurred giving a sense of depth, though still far from perfect.
Martin Fu 2012 ©

  • April 9th, 2012
  • Canon PowerShot S90
  • 6mm / f/2.8 / 1/320 sec
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Staring

Taken using a Canon S90 whilst practising the technique of using the
function on the camera to manipulate the depth of field by altering the aperture.

This was more of a macro/perspective shot of a Canon S9IS Powershot than anything else, with a brightly lit background as a fault of not changing the ISO however I found the result to be quite pleasing after post processing and a slight change of exposure.

Martin Fu 2012 ©

  • April 9th, 2012
  • Canon PowerShot S90
  • 6mm / f/2.8 / 1/30 sec

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