Gonna talk about my pictures today. First, I know that this is all amateur stuff, and it is just a hobby. But an interesting conversation with a friend inspired me to learn something I didn’t really know before. And now I have a much better understanding of what is happening with my pictures.
It all started with my going through my iCloud Photostream, clearing out pictures. Ever since I started taking more pictures (and learned that I have the ability to take more shots by just holding the button down) my photo cache has gotten quite full, often with shots I am just throwing away. Well I was seeing some of the shots Kim took with her phone on the camp trip with Danny last weekend. And I thought, gee I really hope that both of us upgrade to the new phones this fall, so that she will have a much better camera available when she takes pictures.
Well I mentioned this to my friend and proceeded to get an eyeful (we were chatting online) about how even a point and shoot camera is better than a camera phone. After some back and forth he mentioned something that I had sort of wondered about, but never actually took the time to learn about: the difference between optical and digital zoom. I found this nice explanation online.
What digital zoom does is take a central portion of the image and enlarging it, thus ‘simulating’ optical zoom. In other words, the camera crops a portion of the image and then enlarges it back to size. In so doing, you lose image quality.
See I never really knew that before. And to be honest I hesitate to use the zoom in my camera because the effects in my phone camera are always so odd. But now I will try to make more use of the actual zoom with my camera, knowing it is still trying to take a good picture.
This is all really an exploration, finding out how to use aperture and speed settings, when to use zoom and what it does. So far I really like a lot of my pictures, but as I learn more I think I will learn to like what I take more. And that really is the goal.