The weather outside was not too good today so my Little Danbo Family stayed indoors and took stock of all the camera gear that they have right now:
Wanted to do something different and tried the light box that I made out of white foam board. I used the glass sliding door from our TV cabinet to create the reflection. I played around with spot metering and metered off between Danbo’s skin tone and the background to get just the right exposure and balance between the characters and the white background. I have mastered using my camera’s AE/AF lock button when doing this spot metering thing and I usually am happy with the exposure that I get from this technique.
Discovering smaller apertures too. I usually shoot wide open, at around f/1.8 to f/2.8, depending on my lens. I have been shooting at around f/8 with my some of my scenes recently to be able to get everything in focus. My tripod helps a lot with this as the shutter speed really slows down.
I guess it would be more appealing if I had more colourful objects against the “endless white background”, but it will do.
It was also the first time in a long while that I used my Panasonic Lumix 20mm f/1.7 Pancake Lens to shoot a scene. I have been enjoying using my Nikon lenses adapted to the Panasonic Lumix GF1 a lot and have been liking the image quality that I have been getting from the combination.
People have been asking so here goes again: miniature Nikon I got from eBay, the “Canon” I bought from Photojojo.
My current favorite right now is my Nikkor AF 50mm 1.8 D. I used to own one when I still had my Nikon D300 DSLR, but I sold it after I got rid of that camera body. I missed it so much that I bought one again.
For really close shots, I use my second hand Micro-Nikkor AF 60mm 2.8 D. In my opinion, this lens is more flexible than my 50mm in that I can do really close up shots with this it along with using it as a general, mild telephoto lens. I just prefer the 50mm for its compact size and lightness.
I hope the weather tomorrow will be nicer so that I can do an outdoor shoot. My Little Danbo Family is itching to try out their new gear.
More to come; until the next time, have a nice day!