Cameras have been part of our global society for quite some time now. It all started and continues to belong to the same idea: to depict a feeling, events, an environment, and so on. These portable devices have shown the world how to express and communicate information to one another in a language understood by everyone -a visual one- all the while creating a unique form of art.
The purpose of this project is to simply portray the awesomeness of learning what your camera’s functions can be able to do, so that you can use it to your own advantage later on.
This mode is a great one to use when you want to make your subject be the main focal point in your photo. In this case, I used the elephant as my main subject. You can notice the difference of blur in the background as the aperture becomes higher or lower, which is essentially what this function enables you to do.
This function is one of my favorites, because you can play with it as much as you want and get really fun results. The Shutter Speed goes by fractions of a second, which basically means that the faster the speed, the less light will be able to enter the frame. In the contrary, if you have your shutter speed set at a slower pace, your frame will allow more light into the picture, which will create an effect such as the one in the first picture (where movement is perceptible).
ISO stands for International Standards Organization; I suggest you stick to simply ISO. This task frequently goes unnoticed because it is normally set up on auto. However, it does not make it any less significant or practical. Instead, if used correctly, ISO can give you a lot to work with when it comes to the lighting you want and/or have on your setting, and the mood you want to give your photo.
These three functions I talked about are the first ones you should learn in order to kick start your photography journey, but this does not mean that this is where you stop! Cameras have a whole lot more to offer as far as functions, lenses, angles, and so on. So take this as a functions-for-dummies kind of advice. Play with your camera and shoot your own pictures, then keep moving on to the next thing… In photography, the possibilities are only as narrow as you want them to be; but also, they can be endless if you choose to explore further.