Digital Photography Course

ISO 1600, 55mm, f/32, 1 sec (I like the light stars!)

I’m halfway through a CAE digital photography course. I had no idea what to expect – I hate it when courses/classes/anything-to-do-with-learning are really basic, so I was only hoping that it wouldn’t be so basic that I wished I hadn’t spent any dollars on it. Hey, voilà! I have no regrets; I’m learning lots.

We started out by learning all the buttons on the camera. (Yes, I sound like a kid, but hey! That’s what we did, and I learned quite a bit even from that.) Then we learned about Program Mode, so that we could adjust the ISO and see what happened when the camera sensor is made more or less sensitive to the light.

Next class, we learned about Shutter Priority Mode (Tv on the Pentax) and practiced taking photos with different shutter speeds, and then Aperture Priority Mode (Av on the Pentax) and practiced using different apertures, widening or narrowing the aperture to affect the depth of field (i.e. how much is in focus) in the photo.

There are two more classes… next class, we’re moving onto Manual Mode, where we have to set everything ourselves. Here are some photos from our first photo walk, where we were playing with Shutter Priority Mode and Aperture Priority Mode.

The camera I’m using is a Pentax K-m DSLR.


ISO 800, 55mm, f/5.6, 1/8 sec (I also adjusted the colours in Pixelmator a bit)


ISO 800, 55mm, f/5.6, 1/180 sec (I love this photo! So strange)


ISO 1600, 55mm, f/5.6, 1/30 sec (moved the camera along with the car, so it kept in focus)


ISO 1600, 55mm, f/38, 1 sec (I especially like this close up)

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