Now I say this sincerely and with complete honesty, but the past year has flown by faster than I could have ever imagined. I have experienced so many things, both good and bad, but I have learned from it.
When January started, I was determined to stick to my New Year's resolution, which was have a stress free life, be fit, and stay healthy. Around April or May, I neglected my resolution, but hey, it happens! During the month of February, my family and I spent most of our free time buying new furniture or moving furniture over to our new house. In early March, we finally moved, and our new house was the house I have dreamed of for so long. April and a part of May, I spent a lot of my time studying for the upcoming AP exam, which I didn't do too bad on. Not too long after that, my grandparents from India visited us for a month. In late June to mid July, I went over to Chicago for a three week academic camp. I took a writing class (which I'll admit, was more boring than Twilight), a public speaking class (which I loved), a theater class (my favorite), and a coding class (also pretty exciting). I had one of the lead parts in the play for my theater class, and it was my first play, so I couldn't be more nervous, but it went well and it was really enjoyable. In early August, my "cousins" (it's a distant relationship; easier to call them my cousins :) ), who are two boys (ages 11 and 9) and a girl (12) came over to stay at our house for a week. Just as a project, we filmed a small action movie (green screen and all) during that week. It was amusing. School started in mid August and my life of stress and anxiety started all over again. But I have learned so much in school than I have ever before, which I am truly grateful for. Our robotics club season started in September and I joined the debate club, which was frightening at first, (and it still is) but I have come to enjoy it.
In the past year, I have learned so much, both knowledge wise and about life in general. Sure, I learned about the Agricultural Revolution, King Louis XIV, matrices, and Lewis structures, but I have also learned more about myself. I have found some time to do photography, my long forgotten hobby. I have become stronger, both mentally and physically (thanks, taekwondo).
2015 has been a blast for me and I would like to thank everyone who was a part of it.
Happy new year to all, and I wish you the best of luck for 2016. Make it a great year and be positive!
I will see you next year.
Manual photography is one of the main and best parts about DSLR photography. It is quite useful in many cases--whether you are doing night photography, portraits, closeups, etc. I have prepared a quick, easy guide for y'all who would like to learn about manual photography.
1) Shutter speed
Shutter speed is the speed at which the camera shutter is exposed to light. An example of a shutter speed value is "1/100", which means that the shutter is open for 1/100 of a second. The faster the speed, the less light the shutter will be exposed too. Furthermore, the comparison between the shutter speeds of "1/50" and "1/3200" is that 1/50 will create a lighter image and 1/3200 will produce a very dark one. For blog photographers, you would most likely want a lighter photo, so your shutter speed would be relatively low. To capture quicker actions with no blur, you would want a faster shutter speed. In order to still integrate light into that image, you would want to adjust the aperture,
Aperture is controlled by a hole in the camera lens. On your camera, you should see a value starting with the letter "f". That number is the aperture. The higher the aperture, the less light you are allowing your camera to take in. Similarly, if you would like to capture a lighter image, a conventional aperture is f5.6, but you could decrease the value if desired.
3) Manual focus
This step is complete optional. I have horrible eyesight, so I don't always use this function, unless I am filming or if I would like the camera to focus on something else entirely. To turn manual focus on, there should be a small switch on the side of your lens, usually with the letters, "M" and "A" (manual and automatic). This function is very optimal for filming.
4) ISO sensitivity
ISO sensitivity is a value which can be usually altered in your camera's settings. This number is the level of light that is exposed to your camera. The higher the number, the more light is exposed.
Go out there and do photography! Take risks, experiment, and play around with the settings of your camera. Practicing is the only way you will ever learn how to manually photograph.
Merry Christmas to all and happy holidays! This is a season to be spent with your loved ones. Cherish the memories, spread the love and cheer, and as Buddy the elf always said, "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to hear."
Have a cheerful and wonderful holiday!