Camera Troubles – Part 2

I can be quickly angered with myself because I lack the understanding of how my own camera sees the same scene I do. Not only that, but if I did have the understanding of how my camera see the scene, I do not anticipate that I have the dexterity to change the camera settings in the time it takes to raise the camera to my Eye once I see a shot. Although, because I know why I am angered, I can learn what I do not know. So, let us get to it!

In Tuesday’s post “Camera Troubles” we talked about how our Eye receives light and the path it takes through our Eye to the Brain. Now I should tell you that your visionary organisms are so magnificently fashioned no camera can compare to its spectrum of strength, complexity and ability.

Cameras are doing some amazing and spectacular things today, but the camera which outputs the most fantastic images is only at a basic level able to capture 1 out of the 100 things the Human Eye sees. Amazingly, even giving it a 1 out of 100, is being generous.

The camera is fashioned after the organisms that give us the capabilities to see. By displaying the inspiration for the first camera prototype I will list and correlate the major devices of the digital camera to the human capability of vision.

Major camera devices:

  • Lens – The lens containing glass for focusing and diaphragm for measured light control.
  • Shutter – The shutter is a part of an SLR camera which covers the sensor and only opens for the purpose of taking a picture.
  • Sensor – The sensor receives the light which surrounds the scene.
  • Processor – The processor receives the information from the sensor and sets it in order for storage.
  • Storage – The storage is a memory card that can produce any or all of the images you have taken.

Cameras, film and digital, are wonderful devices we can use to remind us of those specials times and events. There are some limitations of camera technology as compared to our visual capabilities.

“So how do I learn the difference between what my camera sees and what I see?”

“What settings ought to be change, and what is the proper setting level?”

These and other questions will be answered in our first two posts of April. Please join us as we explore how to get the most out of your camera!

For the Thanksgiving press: “Aperture or f/stop?”

A quick word from our photographer at Foe-toss -LIGHT before we begin snapping photos of the next family gathering for the Thanksgiving holiday!

“As I take indoor shots of a room or the people in it, I have to be very careful to monitor my camera’s shutter speed. If I let the shutter slow 1/15 to 1/30 of a second I will find my photos becoming blurry. Here are a few ways that you can effectively change you shutter speed without going into a full manual mode.

Use the “AV” preset camera setting. “AV” stands for “Aperture Value” and as you use this preset it will adjust the other settings to properly expose the scene your camera receives. Let me explain what “Aperture” means: Aperture refers to the diameter of the opening of the diaphragm in the lens. This diaphragm is designed to open and close at precise increments to allow a specific amount of light through the sensor (which used to be film).

Each increment of aperture larger or smaller is described as an “f/stop”. Each “f/stop” will be shown in this format, “f/13 .”

* Note that the smaller the f/stop number (i.e. f/2) the larger the opening in the lens diaphragm and thus allowing more light into the camera. Likewise the larger the number (f/18) the smaller the diaphragm opening and lesser amounts of light entering the camera. *

The f/stop adjusts your depth of field, so be aware, that if you begin shooting with a smaller f/stop, be sure that your focal point is in focus. The smaller the f/stop means the more accurate you camera must be set for the focal object’s distance.

Light is the key to all good photographs!

Once you have the f/stop set at an acceptable place your shutter speed should change by measuring at what speed it needs to operate. (It may only change when you press the shutter button half way down to focus!)”

Thank you for reading and have a blessed Thanksgiving!

“Thank you Lord God for family to share the joys of life with and to comfort us in times of difficulty and trial. Thank you for friends who are willing to encourage us and be the friends we need! Thank you for a Savior who is family, friend and more than these to us that we may be adopted children to You and siblings to Him, Jesus the anointed lamb of God!”