Category: Learnt It


What more could I ask for?

After a slightly shitty day, I came home and thought “stuff that, lets get out of here”. I took my wonderful mrb out for dinner. We(he) opted for Satori in Kalk Bay for some home made pasta / pizza. Usually when we eat out, mr.b will be ordering the bill while I still have a mouthful of my dinner – no chance of getting in that extra drink and you can totally forget about desert.

Tonight was different – tonight we sat and chatted and even though I had to send my pasta back (it was overcooked!) and had to wait for a new one, it didn’t seem to matter. We chatted and ate and laughed and drank and covered serious conversation and then had Italian kisses and laughed some more and had espresso… and eventually went home.

We then started the fire, put a movie on, got in our pj’s and gowns, cuddled up with the kittens(little lions) and watched movies till our eyes wouldn’t stay open anymore.

It was a super awesome evening – YAY us!

Happiness is…

… 5-HTP

Learning to drive the 400D

Last night Mrs.M came over while the boys were out drinking. I have borrowed her Canon 400D for a couple of weeks. This was lesson number 3 on how to use it. Baring in mind that lessons 1 & 2 covered same settings as 3. I just keep forgetting!

But I may have remembered some basics at least.

On the AV setting you choose your aperture. Aperture = how in focus your photo will be.

So on AV, I can change my “F” setting. This allows me to choose how much detail I want included in the photo on the areas where I am not focussed. The higher the F, the more of the photo will be in focus; the more detail I will be able to make out in the background. And visa versa: the lower the F, the less focussed the background will be.

I can also change my ISO setting – which has to do with how much ambient light there is. Daylight = 200 – 400 ISO, whereas at night, we can go up to an 800 or more. I think that the higher we go the more noise there is. And noise = the grainy / grey bits in the photo. Is that right ?

What I cannot change on this AV setting is the “time” (shutter speed). That is worked out automatically based on my ISO + F Settings and what I am focussed on.

I can also change the exposure on this setting. Over-exposed = positive values and the image comes out very bright. Under-exposed = negative values and the image comes out very dark.

Then I had a go at the TV setting.

The options are similar above, except here, I choose the time (shutter speed) and the “F” is then automatically calculated based on the time + ISO setting chosen. If the shutter speed is quick (less time) it will give you an instant in time photo whereas a long shutter speed will allow you to get more movement into the photo. So if I want to take a photo of waves breaking or do some torch writing at night, car lights etc, all would be on a slow shutter speed (more time). Defo need a tri-pod for this though!

Then we talked about the lenses… I am using a 17 – 85mm zoom. This is a good ‘all rounder’, which is good for portraits + wider / bigger shots. I also played with either a 50 or 55mm lens. No zoom on this one, so what I see is what I will get in my photo. I think the 50 – 85mm range is the good size for Portraits?  Hmm I will need a refresher on the lenses 🙂

Then there is the format that the photos are saved in on the card. It seems to be that if I use the ‘automatic’ setting then the images are saved in .jpg and if I choose to use the av or tv then they are in cr2 (raw setting?) If I remember correctly I can edit the images further in the raw format by actually changing the settings, etc as opposed to normal photo manipulation in image editing software? Not sure about this yet – but then the editing is another project for another day.

For now there is plenty “basics” to get my head around. But I think its going to be fun.