Week 1: Article

Megapixels

http://snapsort.com/learn/sensor/megapixels

I found this article about resolution on snapsort.com. This an extremely popular site used to compare different types of cameras, from point-and-shoots to DSLRs. It provides anyone looking for a new camera with all of the information they need to know about any type of camera. In this article, they explained all the different aspects of megapixels with plenty of pictures and examples. As explained in our last class, the article explained how the megapixel count in a camera is not the main indicator of performance.

When I first started looking for cameras, I was worried about the number of megapixels and if my camera would have enough. I purchased a Canon EOS Rebel T3 (entry-level DSLR) with 12 megapixels, which I originally thought might be low. However, after reading the article, I was surprised to see that it wasn’t a big deal to have a large number of megapixels. This is especially true if you aren’t planning on making giant prints of your photos. I was surprised when I read, “If all you do is view photos on a computer, Full HD tv, etc then you will never need more than 2 clean megapixels of resolution. If you print photos than even a 3MP camera will print fabulous 8X10 prints. If want 12×18 than an 8MP camera is more than enough.” This was very reassuring, and it backed up what we learned in class.

Week 1: Scavenger Hunt

This week in class we were asked to do a photo scavenger hunt, which involved snapping pictures of at least 20 pictures of the items on the list. I thought it would be easy, but it was much more difficult than I thought! I certainly had to go outside of my comfort zone to get a few of the pictures that involved people, and I also did a lot of traveling to find some of the things on the list.

Working on this project, I really had to work with my camera to adjust to different amounts of light. I started experimenting with the ‘white balance’ feature on my new DSLR and am still getting used to it. I noticed certain settings make my photos a little yellow. I also started using the RAW image format, which definitely takes longer to upload onto my computer.

My 3 Favorite Photos:

My 5 Favorite Pictures

This is a flower found in my backyard, I loved the vibrant colors.

A batch of muffins made by my grandmother, I love the texture it created.

My cat Dusty, the lighting and setting of the picture looks very calm and homey, and his eyes match the background.

Another bright flower from my yard, looks like a sunburst.

The view from my deck, the sky was very bright and blue and the clouds have a cool shadow.