Today's lesson was on shutter speed. Shutter speed is how long the shutter is open to take a photo. If you turn the shutter speed to 1/100ths of a second the shutter will open and close really fast, if you turn it to 10 seconds it will be way more slow.
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This was taken at 1/4th of a second. It was so fast I couldn't finish what I was drawing!

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This was taken at 4 seconds. I acted fast when I realized how fast the shutter was going to open and close.

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This was taken at 10 seconds. I was able to write out "hi". (When writing something out in the photo be sure to write the word backwards, the word not the letters.)

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This one was taken at 30 seconds. Lots of time to draw this.

 
 
I started a photography class (though it's through homeschooling). Today it was about the Aperture. Simplest way to sum it up is that the smaller the f-stop (Ex. f/5.6) the more blurry the background, the bigger the f-stop (Ex. f/22) the more focused on everything including the background.
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This was a flower we brought in from outside. We used f/5.6. You can really tell that the main focus is on the flower and not the stem on the other flowers on the top.

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In this picture we used f/22. It is focused more on the entire frame than of just the flower in the center.