This is my first blog entry for my photography class. I have searched for the definition and have become familiar with the next four photography concepts. The fifth concept is a type photography that has gotten me very interested in a very long time. I am very passionate about cars and I would like to apply this new skill to capture some photos of my car.

Wide aperture

Wide aperture means that a very small area of the image is in focus. It is useful for taking portraits, weddings, and “people” photography. Wide aperture allows shooting in lower light conditions. Some examples of the wide aperture are F/1.4; 2.2; 2.4. A wide aperture means a low F-stop which enables to shoot at lower ISO speeds and gives a better image quality.


Narrow aperture

A narrow aperture means that a very large area of the image is in focus. It is useful for taking pictures such as buildings, landscapes, group portraits and commercial photography. Narrow aperture makes it harder to shoot in low light conditions. Some examples of the narrow aperture are F/8; 16; 22. Narrow aperture means high F-stop which requires a high ISO and a slow shutter speed. Higher ISO can degrade image quality.


Fast shutter speed

Low (or fast) shutter speed allows a camera to be open long enough to capture the image. It freezes the moment and captures the movement of the object, such as an athlete running, or a musician moving his hair or people jumping.  Examples of fast shutter speed are 1/60; 1/250. It is perfect to shoot group portraits or landscapes.


Slow shutter speed

High (or slow) shutter speed allows a camera to be open longer. Anything moving at the time the camera captures the image will be blurred. Anything that sits still in place will show up in the photo without any blur. It’s perfect for shooting traffic lights, waterfalls or moving stars.


Car motion photography

Make sure the object is in focus. Sometimes, it will be required to focus on a specific point of the background and wait for the vehicle to past through it and capture the photo at that moment. It is suggested to use a narrow aperture to capture the background which makes some contrast with the vehicle. For bikes and cars, some photographers usually use f/8.

Camera settings can also depend on the speed of the vehicle. The trick is to move your hips and shoulders according to the movement of the car.

Final question

After doing some research on these topics, I came across with some good tips for taking pictures. One of them suggested to under-expose the image so every detail can be brought back during the editing phase. I tried taking some photos using this tip but I did not make a lot of sense. I am still wondering if under-exposing photos is a good way to take photos.