Learning from Flickr

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I can get lost in Flickr for hours.  I start browsing through our own Beyond Megapixels group and then I wander through friends pages and then to their friends and their friends friends.  I was doing this last night on the couch with my husband and he asked me what I was doing looking at pretty pictures.  And while I was looking at pretty pictures – I was really learning from those pretty pictures.  

It’s not just about composition – it’s about camera settings.  On photos in Flickr you can find out what camera the person used to take the shot and then the settings that they had used while taking the shot.  

Here’s where to find the camera and More Properties link:
Picture 1

And here is what the More Properties look like: 
Picture 2

The things that I’m really looking at when I see a shot that I like is what Aperture was used.  I always note that a low Aperture equals a very shallow Depth of Field meaning 1 subject is in great focus while everything else is not focused. I check out the Focal Length and I note lenses that are delivering some great shots.  When you have a few minutes check out the settings of a few of your favorite shots and write them down on a post it note and stick it in your camera bag.  Next time you’re out take yourself out of the comfort of Automatic and try something new.

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