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Lessons in Editing

Today I started my photography lessons in earnest, here at Blissdom ’12. We started the day with a photo walk through the Opryland gardens. Now, I’ve been here many times and I’ve taken more than my fair share of photos here, but this was the first time I had a good camera, and had people around me who could help inspire me in taking better photos.

I sat back at first and watched what others were doing, but it wasn’t long before I was jumping forward, trying out different angles and compositions all on my own. I quickly learned that settings really do make a huge difference. In addition to its beautiful gardens, Opryland is full of wonderful water features–there are many different fountains and waterfalls. While the gardens require using an aperture setting to increase the light and depth of field, moving water is better when shot while focusing on shutter speed. (I still have little idea what this is, but I do at least know it is importent, and am learning to use it.)

I also learned that a little post-photo editing can greatly change how a photo looks. I took several shots of one particular fountain–the colors within it and the setting were fantastic. Below are examples of how changing my settings and the post-photo editing can make all the difference in the world. I used the app Snapseed for all of my editing on the iPad.

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This is the original shot, the fountain with no effects or changes in settings.

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This is the same fountain, with my light settings set too high in aperture mode.

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This was edited for saturation, brightness, grunge mode and other Filters added using Snapseed.

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This was edited for saturation, brightness and other Filters added using Snapseed.

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This was edited for saturation, brightness and other Filters added using Snapseed.

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This was edited for saturation, brightness, vintage mode and other Filters added using Snapseed.

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This is using the flash with the shutter auto setting.

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