White Balance, Exposure Compensation and Composition


This week I continue to learn from my online Craftsy class. Of course it was on sale this week for $19.99 and I paid $41.20 last week! It was good to watch the other modules of it because I had been focusing on ISO, aperture and shutter speed. However,  I learned about white balance and exposure compensation this week. I needed to learn some so many of my images have been either too dark or too light. One of the modules also talks about composition and creativity which I need to start thinking about too.

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1. Get to Know Your Camera
2. Light & Exposure
3. Shutter Speed
4. Aperture
5. ISO
6. Shooting Modes
7. Lenses
8. Composition and Creativity
9. Putting It All Together

Here is a video about white balance:

I am also continuing to use my Canon app. to learn:



Last, but not least, here are some recent pictures I took:


I need to keep working on the Rule of Thirds. I also need to keep learning about how the exposure triangle all goes together, but slowly but surely my pictures are getting better.





To pay or not to pay? That is the question.


I took some pictures this week, but lots of them failed. And by failed, I mean that they were either completely black or completely white. On the plus side, I can google to find out what went wrong and find sites like 99 Common Photography Problems and How to Solve Them.

However, I decided to venture out and pay for a class. I am sure that I could find all of the same information for free on the Internet, however in last week’s EC & I class, our prof Dr. Alec Couros, mentioned that people are more invested if they pay a little bit.

I ended up paying a bit more than I wanted to for a Craftsy class: Basics of Digital Photography. The reason that I went with a Craftsy class is that I originally saw it on my Facebook feed and one of my friends had liked it and when I looked into their classes I saw that you could start anytime and that you had access to the videos from wherever whenever. I also read the reviews and though they might not be accurate, they seemed to be positive overall. I was a little annoyed because the cost of the class kept changing, I ended up paying $41.20, but I also saw it for $47 or $55 on the mobile app. I have watched the first three lessons so far out of nine.

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One thing that I did accomplish this week was sharing my photos. Last week, I said that my goal was to share my photos to the Saskatchewan Scenery Facebook page and I did.

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I also shared one of the same pictures to Twitter:
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Another thing that I realized is that I learn best when I have to teach so here are a couple of short videos on ISO, aperture and shutter speed:

ISO video:


Shutter Speed:

Have a great week!

ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed


ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed

I have been going in so many directions with my photography learning project that it is actually hard to slow down and write a blog about it! I have found many resources online.

My classmate Lori Duke responded to my blog post and recommended an app called CameraSim for $1.99. I downloaded the app which lets you practice taking pictures with your DSLR. This is what the app. looks like:

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The app gives you a moving photo and you have to change the settings to snap the picture.

When I found the Camera Sim app I also came stumbling across an app from Canon, the make of my camera, called Master Your Canon D-SLR. I have been looking for a similar video series online and couldn’t find it so I was very happy to find the app. It is broken down into 40 mini lessons about using your Canon camera. All of the lessons are between one and three minutes which is perfect for me. I paid $13.99 for the app. and it was well worth it.

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In addition to watching the videos and experimenting with the apps, I have been practicing with my camera. I decided to take pictures of a car I made out of my son’s Laserpegs since they light up and flash. I was quite proud of myself for building the car since it’s not easy! Here is a Hyperlapse video of me experimenting with ISO:

(Sorry, the videos are quite fast, it was my first time using the Hyperlapse app.)

Here are the pictures:

ISO 100

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ISO 200

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ISO 400

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ISO 800

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ISO 1600

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Here is a video of me experimenting with aperture (AV):

What I have learned is that the aperture is how much the lens opens so it controls how much light comes into the camera. The smaller the number, the more light actually comes in.

Here are some of the pictures:


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F 6.3

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F 8.0

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F 9.0

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F 10

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Here is a video of me experimenting with shutter speed (TV):

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I actually ran out of room on my memory card and the baby started crying so I did not finish the shutter speed video. However, my camera goes all the way up to 1/4000. I have learned the hard way that shutter speed is what I should be adjusting when I am trying to take pictures of moving objects.


I have been making a tonne of mistakes, however that is the way that you learn.

This was me attempting to take a picture of the gorgeous moon the other night:

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I tried to take pictures of my children at gymnastics and made the mistake of adjusting the aperture instead of the shutter speed:

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Here are some shots that actually turned out and that I am proud of:

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Baby steps.



My last post was titled Full Steam Ahead.Full Stop. This one is called Baby Steps. How do those go together? Let me explain. My photography project for EC & I is going well, but is certainly getting interrupted by life- sick kids and sleep deprivation, however since I am so interested in learning I am still working on it through the sludge of life! I learned a lot of little things during the last few days.

Baby Step: charging batteries

A tiny, but crucial, baby step last night was when I went to turn my camera on and it would not turn on because the batteries were dead. Sounds like an easy fix- charge the batteries, but because my new camera came with a battery grip to hold the batteries, I actually had to figure out how to open it and get the batteries out!


Baby Step: experimenting with ISO

A throwback to the old days of film photography is ISO speed. I do remember buying boxes of film at different ISO’s. 100 for bright, sunny days and at the time 400 for more indoor shots. Too bad that it was rare that you only took photos in one location for a whole roll of film.


I experimented with changing the ISO settings on my new (to me) camera. It was a very warm, but cloudy, day for February in Saskatchewan.

ISO 100:

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ISO 200:

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ISO 400:

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ISO 800:

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ISO 1600:

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Baby Step: downloading RAW files

These are not the original photos because I made copies in .jpg format to insert them into WordPress more easily. I had shot in RAW format. In order to even get my computer to open the files, I had to download a decoder from Microsoft so it would read them.

I am not sure if I really see a huge difference in the picture quality of the photos above, but that could be because of the change in format and also because it was a cloudy day.

Here is a video about the differences in ISO:

Please let me know if you have any feedback or tips!