The Creative Corner will be a YouTube channel about my life as a creative. This space will allow me to share with you the kind of work and hobbies I enjoy. The channel will feature topics on graphic design, photography, video, drawings, books, equipment, tips and reviews. I want to be able to help others in the same creative industry as well as learn form others.
This is all new to me and I am not used to being in front of a camera, so I will be a little rusty and bad at first so I apologize in advance hahahaha.
By creating this video content, it will give me that much needed practice and experience that I want for future video editing jobs.
Please check out the 1st intro vlog here
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Happy Saturday world,
Today I uploaded Vlog #2 of the new creative corner channel. This episode gives you a tour of my home office for mid 2017. I am slowly adding new equipment to help me with my design and photography work.
What is the Creative Corner? The Creative Corner is my personal journey as a creative. I plan to offer you tips, reviews and positive vibes on: graphic design, photography, video, drawings and books.
You can watch episode 2 here Creative Corner Vlog 2
If you missed the intro episode you can watch it here Creative Corner Vlog 1
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On this episode of the Creative Corner I take you into the class room of the free photography workshop available to anyone interested in photography in Ontario, California. The workshops take place four times a month for 2 hrs. They are taught by local professional photographer Ruben Rodriguez. This is a free city program open to all.
If you are in the area and are looking to learn about photography, this is the workshop you should attend! All ages and skill levels are welcome.
For further information on the next workshop date, location and time you can visit my FB Events Page
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On this episode of the Creative Corner I talk about the exposure triangle’s 3 elements: Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO.
Understanding these 3 elements and what part they play in your photo will give you a properly exposed image. You can only control all 3 when you shoot in manual mode. In Auto mode the camera will set everything for you and give you no control over your camera. Auto is fine when you are outside on a nice sunny day and you have plenty of ambient light, but when you are indoors and in low light auto will not work.
Getting out of auto and into manual mode is the best thing you can do, you take total control and you set all you’re setting depending on your environment. It has taken me time to learn, and I am still learning day by day, but I want to share with you what I have learned so far and hopefully it can help at least one person.
Back to the exposure triangle, when you come to understand Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO photography gets so much easier, more enjoyable and addicting. The goal is to get a proper exposure. What is a proper exposure? It just means that your camera meter is in the center.
Your meter is the little green lines you see when you look into the viewfinder, they can be on the bottom or on the sides depending on the camera model. You need to make sure the meter is right in the middle and that will guarantee you a properly exposed image. How do you get the meter in the middle? Well that is were you need to know about aperture, shutter speed and ISO and how changing one will effect the other two. Your meter will move to the left or to the right depending on the settings you dial in.
In another episode I will talk more about the meter and the different camera modes and when you can and should use them. You don’t always need to use manual, but you need to stay away from auto.
I hope this video helps you and if you have any questions feel free to leave a comment and I will gladly answer it.
On this episode of the Creative Corner, I talk about the different camera modes.
Since I was little I’ve always had a camera in my hand, but I never knew how to use it out of auto mode. Two years ago I came across a flyer at the library for Free photography classes. I immediately signed up and attended my 1st class. The first class was about the exposure triangle, which was the creative corners previous episode (To learn about the exposure triangle click here). That day in class I was super confused, everything was so foreign to me and I had no idea there was so much to photography! The teacher then started talking about the camera modes and how the class objective was to get us all out of auto and into manual mode. Below are the 4 primary modes.
Auto mode: (Auto)
Auto tells your camera to use its best judgment to select shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance, focus and flash to take the best shot that it can. Basically the camera has full control of all the settings. Auto mode will give you nice results on a sunny day outdoors where you have plenty of ambient light. Once you get indoors with low light, that’s where you run into trouble or if you want to capture motion.
Manual Mode: (M)
In this mode you have full control over your camera and need to think about all settings including shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance, flash etc. It gives you the flexibility to set your shots up as you wish. Of course you also need to have some idea of what you’re doing in manual mode and how the exposure triangle comes together to produce a properly exposed image. This is ultimately your goal, but it will take lots of practice, and I know that day by day I am starting to understand it more and more.
Aperture Priority: (A on Nikon / AV on Canon)
In this mode you choose the aperture and your camera will choose the other settings (shutter speed, white balance and ISO) to give you a balanced exposure. Aperture priority mode is useful when you’re looking to control the depth of field in a shot (usually a stationary object where you don’t need to control shutter speed). So depending on the type of photo and the depth of field rang you want you will adjust only your aperture. Keep an eye on your shutter speed to make sure you don’t get lower than 1/60 (hand held).
Shutter Priority: (S on Nikon / TV on Canon)
This mode is the opposite of aperture priority. Here you select the shutter speed and the camera will choose the other settings. You would use this mode for sports or fast moving subjects to freeze motion (fast shutter speed). Shutter priority can also be used to capture movement as a blur like waterfall, star trails or car headlights (slow shutter and tripod). In low light situations shutter priority is also recommended.
Program Mode: (P)
Program mode is like auto mode, but it gives you some control of the camera. Here you can set the flash, white balance and ISO and the camera will set the aperture and shutter speed for you. This mode is a great way to start your transition from auto to manual. Try it on a nice sunny day, set your ISO to about 400 and white balance to auto. If you image is to bright decrease your ISO, if it’s too dark increase your ISO. Just play with it and see what you get.
Well I hope this helps you out and motivates you to go out there and practice and learn how to fully take control of your camera. If this post/video helped you please share it and if you have any questions please feel free to reach out and leave a comment.
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On this episode of the Creative Corner, I give you a tip for indoor photography with flash.
I’ve learned a lot form the photography workshops I attend and I wanted to share with you this easy tip for shooting indoors with flash.
This is an easy tip you can use to take nice photos indoors (with flash) by doing the following:
- Set your camera to (M) Manual mode
- Dial in a aperture of f5.6
- Shutter speed at 1/125
- ISO 400
- White balance on flash. (make sure you have your flash mounted on or use the pop up flash).
- Take some pictures and have fun!
Remember when using flash your meter will NOT be in the middle, but that’s ok for these setting. Also remember these settings will only work inside with flash.
I hope you enjoyed this and that it helps you. I will continue to bring you more tips and information as I continue learning.
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