But I thought I could show you a little of what I've learned. This post I'll show you the best of my homework for the beginners' course, taught by Karen Lucas of Baobab Photo (she is a fantastic teacher and a passionate photographer - however, if you're not in Singapore and thus not able to avail yourself of her services, you might look into this online course by multi-talent Eun Leij).
Lesson 1: Still life. Note how the focus is on the flower of the sandal (which is lying on a beach in Borneo). The sandals have since died, but at least I have this lovely picture.
Settings: Av (aperture priority) - aperture 5.6 - shutter speed 1/100s - ISO 250 - focal length 53.
Lesson 2: Portrait. What you do not see in this picture, are my feet keeping the lovely E. in place. I had set up the whole thing and tried out the lighting with a teddy bear as per instructions, but my model just wouldn't stay put. And I couldn't move without throwing all my carefully designed settings of. Thankfully, Karen also taught us the value of continuous shooting ("clickclickclickclickclick").
Settings: Av (aperture priority) - aperture 5.6 - shutter speed 1/125s - ISO 400 - focal length 75.
Lesson 3: Action. I have frozen a fountain in this picture without having to have my genes altered. Ha, beat that, X-men. (Actually, as you can tell from the background, it was way too dark to take this picture properly. That's also why the ISO is ridiculously high. But since I just wanted the drops clearly defined, it worked anyway.)
Settings: Tv (shutter speed priority) - aperture 5 - shutter speed 1/320s - ISO 6400 - focal length 44.
Still Action - this is called "panning", where you move your camera at approximately the same speed as the vehicle or moving figure and go "clickclickclickclickclick" like a fanatical sports photographer. I'm not very good at it. But the five of us clicking away certainly made these guys' day!
Settings: Tv (shutter speed priority) - aperture 20 - shutter speed 1/30s - ISO 100 - focal length 18.
Lesson 4: Night shooting, or: painting with light! Fun fun fun! This is called a "zoomburst" - while photographing I zoomed out. This is possible because of the slooooow shutter speed and because nothing needed to be sharp or clear cut in the picture. (It is a picture of Coleman Bridge.)
Settings: Tv (shutter speed priority) - aperture 8 - shutter speed 1s - ISO 800 - focal length 135.
Lesson 5: Repeat everything on location (I made that up). We went to Little India and practised everything we had learned so far. My most gorgeous picture is actually a portrait of a fellow student sitting in front of bags of red onions (it looks much better than it sounds), but I really shouldn't slather pictures of other people all over the internet without their permission. This picture however I love as well - the assignment was to think of a theme and go out and take five pictures. My theme was "ton sur ton" - shades of the same colour found together on different objects. These are broomsticks against adjoining walls. (Yes, Little India is my kind of colour paradise.)(All right, so I moved the broom sticks to make a prettier picture.)
Settings: Av (aperture priority) - aperture 5 - shutter speed 1/1600s - ISO 800 - focal length 48.
Later, in Little India, candles in a temple.
Settings: Av (aperture priority) - aperture 5.6 - shutter speed 1/80s - ISO 1600 - focal length 135 - exposure bias +0.3step.