Friday, March 9, 2012
A Little Noise Never Hurt
I rather like this photo of Mr Lincoln! It's a bit "noisy," but I quite like the effect. Noise in a photo refers to the visible film grain that occurs when you shoot at a high ISO. One thing I remember learning early on in my study of photography was that a little noise in a photo is generally preferable to using a harsh flash. It's a much more interesting and softer image of Lincoln than if I had kept the ISO low and shot with a flash. (Does any of this make sense? Sorry if I'm speaking in another language here...)
Everything I've learned about photography came from a one hour crash course class, lots of reading and and studying, and three years of daily practice. I must say, three years later, I'm rather proud of myself! I look at my early pictures and see so many things I'd do differently now, but I still love them... they remind me of my eagerness to learn and my passion for composition. I've come a long way, and continue to learn new things all the time.
Lucky for me, I recently found a $100 bill that I had tucked away and forgotten from a Christmas bonus several years ago! That little bonus bought me a nice new prime 55 mm 1.8 lens! Can't wait to see what this little lens and I will do together!