March 11: Meeting of the Mariposa Photo Club.
During the February Photo Share presentation, two of the photographs I took last month of Historic Mariposa County were shown alongside photographs from several professionals. I felt excited, but quite inferior. My images looked okay when viewed on a computer monitor, but they did not transfer well to the big screen: the cropping was wrong and the images themselves weren’t as sharp as I hoped they’d be.
After the meeting I spoke with club member Rose (not her real name), a professional photographer. During our conversation I think she realized how inexperienced I am.
She taught me a little about my point-and-click camera. “It’s shoot, point-and-shoot,” she corrected me. “Oh!” I replied, a little embarrassed. “There’s a setting–a flower icon–that I think means use when photographing flowers,” I said excitedly since April’s photo assignment is wildflowers. “I use my flower setting a lot while hiking,” I mentioned.
Rose cringed and taught me that the flower icon is a universal symbol meaning the camera is in macro mode. It is used for photographing subjects with magnified results—such as close ups of flowers.
Rose talked quickly about other things. I tried to take notes: optical zoom versus digital zoom, megapixels, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and Canon versus Nikon. My head was swimming and I felt overwhelmed.
Not to mention during the meeting I volunteered to be the club’s webmaster. Something else to learn! Here’s a link to the website.
I will be happy if I can learn one thing per month about photography or my camera.
If I can take two good photographs per month I will be really happy.
You’ve been viewing some of the wildflowers I’ve photographed using
the flower setting the macro mode on my point-and –click shoot camera. They’re still not as sharp as I’d like, so maybe it’s time for a camera upgrade.