Just wanted to let you guys know that I won’t be doing a photo a day challenge this month since I’ll be participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). If you’re interested, all the details are here. It’s fun and exciting and can really help you get started and/or finished writing your novel. There’s still time to join up! Why not? I’ll be writing pretty much every minute I can. You can follow my progress if you like with the nifty meter over on the right.

I’ll still participate in the weekly prompt over at on Thursdays. And may join in the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge when I need a break from writing. 😉

Happy writing to all my fellow NaNo-ers, and photo fun to all you happy snappers!

Becca ♥

Photography Craft: The Exposure Triangle, An Overview

Welcome Wordsmithers! 

We are kicking off the Multi-Media blog with an overview of The Exposure Triangle, a principle of photography. There are three things that affect the amount of light that makes it to the camera’s digital sensor, or frame of film if you’re old school: aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. We’ll be going into more detail about each one of these in the weeks to come. For now, we’ll just briefly describe each one and how they relate to each other. 

I found an excellent graphic depicting the Exposure Triangle on photographer Michael P. Young’s blog. I’ve posted it here, with his permission, for your viewing and learning pleasure. 

The Exposure Triangle by Michael P. Young



The aperture is the opening through which the light passes on it’s way to the sensor. The aperture designation, measured in f-stops like f/2.8 or f/22,  is inversely proportionate to the opening size, and the amount of light entering the camera. So, more simply, the smaller the number, like f/2.8, the wider the opening and the more light that reaches the sensor. A larger number, such as f/22, indicates a smaller opening and less light reaching the sensor. Aperture also affects the depth of field. A large opening (small value) gives you a shallow depth of field and anything that is not the same distance as the focus object will appear blurry. A small opening (large value) will pull the background and foreground more into focus.

Shutter Speed 

Shutter speed is the amount of time that the sensor is exposed to the light. Longer exposures let in more light than shorter exposures. Faster shutter speeds are good for freezing movement and action. This is great for photographing sports, and hummingbirds (one of my favorites). Slower shutter speeds blur movement, so are not good to use when holding your camera by hand. But if you have a tripod or can set your camera on a still surface, like the ground, you can use a slower shutter speed. This is handy for blurring the water in a waterfall, or photographing in very low light conditions, like at night.


ISO is the sensitivity of the sensor to light. A smaller number, like 100, makes the sensor less sensitive to light, but captures a much clearer image. At a larger number, such as 3200 or 6400, the sensor is more sensitive to light, but the image will have more noise and be grainy. 


Aperture, shutter speed, and ISO work together to determine the exposure of your photo. When set to auto, your camera decides the best values for the three settings based on current lighting conditions. But once you know what each means and how it affects the image, you can tweak the settings to fit your purpose. Here is a real life example that a friend of mine has problems with: the moon. 

When you take a picture of the moon with your camera’s settings on auto, you end up with a black background and a blurry white spot. Overall, there isn’t much light available at night, so your camera automatically increases the exposure. The moon, however, is very bright in the night sky, so that part of your image is overexposed. To compensate for the brightness of the moon, you need to reduce the camera’s exposure. You can do this by changing any combination of the three components of the exposure triangle. I usually do this by trial and error. First, I increase the shutter speed, thereby decreasing the time that the sensor is exposed to the light, and take a photo. If the resulting image is still too bright, I can move the ISO down to 800 or 1600, and try again. If the moon in the picture is still too bright, I can increase the aperture value, thereby decreasing the size of the opening and the amount of light that gets to the sensor. 

This photo was taken on my Pentax K-30 using a telephoto lens zoomed all the way in to 300 mm, with an aperture of f/5.6, a shutter speed of 1/6000th of a second, and an ISO of 1600.

I work very much by trial and error. I start with the camera on auto and look at the photo that results. Then decide how I want the image to be better: sharper, brighter, darker, less grainy, etc. And I try again. This is fine if you don’t mind experimenting and have the time. It is very bothersome if you are photographing something that isn’t permanent, like two toddlers playing nicely together. Conditions like these are very short lived so you have to make your best guess at the settings, or just go with auto.

Most of the time, when shooting under normal circumstances, auto settings will work just fine. Hopefully, you’ve learned a few things about the exposure triangle, and now, maybe, you’ll know how to tweak the camera’s settings on those occasions when you want a more unique photograph. Another great site for learning about all topics photographic is Digital Photography School. It’s where I go when I have questions…

Try This At Home

Take a picture of something moving pretty fast with your camera set to auto. See the motion blur in the image? See if you can take a clearer image by increasing the shutter speed. (Remember, increasing shutter speed will decrease your exposure. What are the two ways you can increase the exposure while keeping your faster shutter speed?) Post your before and after pictures on your blog, website, twitter, facebook, etc., and comment with a link! I’d love to see how you guys do. Be sure to include any questions you have in your comment!!

Does this clear things up a bit? Do you still have questions? Be sure to ask, I’ll be responding to all comments. We ♥LOVE♥ feedback!! 

Be sure to check out the follow up articles on aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Enjoy!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

WWPW Huntington, WV


Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette. Check out some other silhouettes:

  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhoutte « chattel’s blog (“i’m her lateral thinking, & ghostwriter”)
  2. Tadaima! « The Urge To Wander
  3. Silhouette « Just Fletcher
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: Week | A Green Sky Outside
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big | A Green Sky Outside
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette « City Life Picture
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette | Starting over…
  8. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette « Lagottocattleya
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge – Silhouette | Min lite av varje
  10. Weekly Photo Challenge – Silhouette | Just Sara
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette | this man’s journey
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette (2) « What’s (in) the picture?
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette, Couples & Smiles « Canadiantravelbugs’s Blog
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette « Dory’s World
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette | blueberriejournal
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette « Insanity at its best!
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette – the Getty Villa. Weekly Travel Theme: Couples | My Notebook
  18. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette | The Serenity Space
  19. Weekly Photo Challenge – SILHOUTTE (Mystery) « A drifter off to see the world
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silohouette | Julia’s Place
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette | Colline’s Blog
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette | Poetry Curator
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette | Angel Frouk
  24. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette « Last Train to QVille
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette… | Mirth and Motivation
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette | Carra Design
  27. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette | My Sardinian Life
  28. Silhouette | Bittersweet
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette « David Williams Photography
  30. Mountain silhouette « the thirdeyeworld
  31. Silhouettes | Pseu’s Blog
  32. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette « Zain’s Pix & Text
  33. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette | My Thoughts like Balloons
  34. weekly photo challenge : silhouette | bodhisattvaintraining
  35. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette | Jumbled Contents Of My Head
  36. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette | Photography Journal Blog
  37. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette « Why Michigan
  38. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sandpiper & Seagull Silhouette | Humbled Pie
  39. Weekly Photo Challenge~ Silhouette « Mlissabeth’s Musings
  40. WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouettes and Weekly Travel Theme: Couples | newsofthetimes
  41. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette « Beth’s Photographs
  42. Weekly Post Challenge – Silhouettes « Tammys Pratbubbla
  43. Weekly Photo Challenge – City Silhouettes | Canoe Communications
  44. SILHOUETTE – WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge « Zeebra Designs & Destinations
  45. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette | TraveLafazr
  46. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette « Gobetween Flames
  47. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette « Living, Loving, Laughing…..
  48. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette | Lovin the Trip
  49. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette « Just a few photos
  50. Silhouette in the City. « Gerry’s Space.
  51. Weekly Photo Challenge & Travel Theme: Couple in Silhouette | Wind Against Current
  52. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette « I Know I’m Not Normal Because…
  53. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette | a hectic life
  54. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette « Pictures for Froghopper
  55. Silhouette (WPC) | Cardinal Guzman
  56. Silhouettes… | quite simply…
  57. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette « HeART SHAKE DUBLIN!
  58. Weekly photo challenge: Silhouette « The (Urban-Wildlife) Interface
  59. Trace elements | Read Me
  60. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette « fashionjuxtaposition
  61. Weekly Photo Challenge: “Silhouette” « Web Design through one Student’s Eyes
  62. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette | Bams’ Blog
  63. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette | a vacation in my mind
  64. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette | colderweather
  65. Weekly photo challenge: Silhouette « Connie’s World
  66. Weekly Photo Challenge | Slightly Removed
  67. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette « warmhotchocolate
  68. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette « beeblu blog
  69. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette | Truth with Doris
  70. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette « IMAGES & WORDS
  71. Autumn Silhouette | artistisk
  72. beautiful lines: in poetry, and nature | artistisk
  73. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette | blog SRI IZAWATI
  74. Weekly Photo Challenge : Silhouette | rarasaur
  75. Silhouette Experiments | Empire of Lights
  76. Weekly Photo Challenge: silhouette « Movin’ on
  77. A Sunday Afternoon in Sydney | The Wanderlust Gene
  78. Weekly photo challenge: silhouette « and also, dogs
  79. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette | Here & Abroad
  80. Weekly Photo Challenge « Jinan Daily Photo
  81. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette in Porto « Julie Dawn Fox in Portugal
  82. Weekly Photo Challenge : Silhouette « Cheryl Andrews
  83. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette | Kehangatan Kasih Sayang
  84. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette « Chasing Butterflies: Sunshine and Freedom
  85. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette | Tay in Europe
  86. Silhouette bracket cocktail :) « MindBlur
  87. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette « Beyond the Masquerade
  88. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette | Life, Kids and Thyroid Cancer
  89. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette « The Hoppy Mommy Bunny
  90. Weekly photo challenge: sunset silhouettes «
  91. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette « The Polar Panda
  92. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette « blogfia – What’s up in one photo!
  93. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette | Cee’s Life Photography
  94. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette – c a d e n c i e s
  95. Silhouette « Slakkelak
  96. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette « janna hill
  97. Little Diamond in the Rough « Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  98. Last thoughts: Silhouette (the WordPress weekly photo challenge) « The Positive Page
  99. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette | Milners Blog

October Photo Challenge Day 22: In My Town

This is pretty good timing. I just participated in the Scott Kelby Annual Worldwide Photowalk on October 13. Here are 10 photos I took while walking around downtown Huntington, WV, last Saturday.

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Do you have any photos of your town? Show me!!

October Photo Challenge Day 18: Made Me Smile Today

Today, I was writing at my laptop while the kids, Baby Girl, 2, and Baby Boy, 3, played in the game room. When I looked around the corner to make sure they were okay, this is what I saw:

Toddler Hide n Seek: “Found You!”

He was crouching behind the open cabinet door and she was pointing at him, saying, “Found you!” It was so cute. They play hide and seek sometimes with their big brother, who is 13. Baby Boy really likes it and, apparently, wanted to share the fun with Baby Girl. 😉

You can find the whole list for this month’s photo challenge here or over on the right —>;. There’s still lots of month left, so I hope you’ll join in. If you do, be sure to let me know in the comments so I can see what you come up with. These monthly challenges are so much fun!!

Those adorable babies make me smile everyday. 😀 What makes you smile? Got a funny photo? Show me!!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Big

This is a huge tree out in my yard. We used a rope and an old tire to make a swing. The kids love it! 😉

Weekly Photo Challenge: Big

Here are what some others posted for the challenge this week:

  1. Big « the girl with the twitchy face
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Pole Vault (Big 2) « What’s (in) the picture?
  3. weekly photo challenge : big « Time To Be Inspired
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge : Big | My Sardinian Life
  5. A BIG Weekly Photo Challenge is reason to Celebrate! | Welcome to my world…
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big | Angel Frouk
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big « City Life Picture
  8. Big, big storm coming this way! « 3rdculturechildren
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big | Colline’s Blog
  10. The Miracle Mile « Stray Thoughts
  11. BIG Bond…the wordpress photo challenge « right in front of me
  12. larger than life « yi-ching lin photography
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: BIG… | The Blog Farm – A Growing Blog Community
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big | It’s Still Me…
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge : Big | Berbagi Kisahku
  16. Weekly photo challenge : Big « rifannyphotography
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big « miljoanne
  18. Weekly Photo Challenge: What is Big to Me « Life in the Foothills
  19. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big FOOT! « patriciaddrury
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big « Fitness, Food and Photography
  21. WP weekly photo challenge: big « The journey is the destination. You carry your journey with you.
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big « Living, Loving, Laughing…..
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big « Efrata Denny Saputra Yunus
  24. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big | Photography Journal Blog
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big « Life&Ink
  26. It’s Big | The World Is a Book…
  27. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big « Max510’s Blog
  28. Big Eyes & The Giant Mushroom « Eclipse Of The Moon
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge- BIG « Anecdotal Tales
  30. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big | breathofgreenair
  31. Weekly Photo Challenge : Big | Les Petits Pas de Juls
  32. Breathless in Nepal « Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  33. Weekend Photo Challenge: Big | the long way home
  34. Weekly Photo Challenge – Big « Cornwall – A Photographic Journey
  35. Weekly Photo Challenge (Big) « Understanding and Embracing Diversity
  36. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big | jamesstratton
  37. Fighting the Big Darkness | tms therapy & beyond {home from hospital}
  38. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big « All Access Pass
  39. Big | Beyond the Brush
  40. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big | A Number of Things
  41. Just How Big is an Asian Elephant? | The Wanderlust Gene
  42. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big « IMAGES & WORDS
  43. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big « ihuttupang’s Blog
  44. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big | Secondhand Thoughts
  45. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big « The Hoppy Mommy Bunny
  46. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big « run eat life
  47. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big | travelbugdownunder
  48. Weekly Photo Challenge – Big | a weirder fetish
  49. Weekly Photo Challenge – Big « Tacts Blog
  50. 31 Days of Aging Grace ~ Big « Heart’s Home
  51. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big | a hectic life
  52. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big {Oak} | Far Away
  53. Big – Shanghai’s Jin Mao Tower | piran café
  54. The Big Things « Stray Thoughts
  55. Weekly Photo Challenge : Big « Bouncing Beardies
  56. unisphere « yi-ching lin photography
  57. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big « Last Train to QVille
  58. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big | Inspired Vision
  59. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big « Solitary Spinster
  60. Weekly Photo Challenge – Big « Edith Levy Photography
  61. The Biggest Frog I Have Ever Seen « Monochrome
  62. Big, (boys) Toys.. « Gerry’s Space.
  63. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big – and Pink | Ron Mayhew Photography
  64. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big | blueberriejournal
  65. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE : BIG | Lieshadie’s Blog
  66. Weekly Photo Challenge: BIG « patriciaddrury
  67. Challenge photo de la semaine – Grand « Paris en photographies
  68. Weekly Photo Challenge: big « Movin’ on
  69. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big | Sigoese
  70. Ngong Ping and the Giant Buddah « Flying South for the Winter
  71. Weekly photo challenge: Big 1 « The (Urban-Wildlife) Interface
  72. Weekly photo challenge: Big 2 « The (Urban-Wildlife) Interface
  73. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big | TraveLafazr
  74. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big. Weekly Travel theme: Display. Dragons in Las Vegas | My Notebook
  75. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big | Geek + Medico
  76. Inspired by Danajoward « Day One
  77. Weekly photo challenge: Big « Travel Inspire Create
  78. City Bird / Country Bird | artistisk
  79. Weekly Photo Challenge: BIG (Beasts) « melanielynngriffin
  80. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big | Jumbled Contents Of My Head
  81. Up for a big challenge | Read MeWeekly Photo Challenge: Big | A Face from the Crowd
  82. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big « playground of marichu lambino
  83. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big « chattel’s blog (“i’m her lateral thinking, & ghostwriter”)
  84. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big « picture-bandit
  85. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big « Something Unspoken
  86. Weekly Photo Challange : BIG | Blackaholic
  87. weekly photo challenge: BIG | bob’s wife
  88. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big « Try 2B cool ‘n smart…
  89. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big | RyNaRi
  90. Weekly photo challenge: big « and also, dogs
  91. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big | Aurora La Petite
  92. Weekly Photo Challenge: Big
  93. pork chop « yi-ching lin photography

October Photo Challenge Day 14: Makes Me Laugh

Here’s Baby Girl playing with her Mrs. Potato Head parts. She always makes me laugh.

You can find the whole list for this month’s photo challenge here or over on the right —>;. There’s still lots of month left, so I hope you’ll join in. If you do, be sure to let me know in the comments so I can see what you come up with. These monthly challenges are so much fun!!

What makes you laugh? Got a funny photo? Show me!!

October Photo Challenge Day 13: Landscape

This is a shot from the car on the way to Twin Falls State Park in West Virginia last weekend. I have so many pictures of trees and leaves. Everything was so beautiful! You’ll get more, hopefully soon… :Þ


You can find the whole list for this month’s photo challenge here or over on the right —>. There’s still lots of month left, so I hope you’ll join in. If you do, be sure to let me know in the comments so I can see what you come up with. These monthly challenges are so much fun!!

What’s your favorite subject in the fall? Have a good photo? Show me!!

October Photo Challenge Day 12: On The Table

This is a close up of one of my make up brushes on my dressing table. I don’t wear make up very often, but it always sits out on the table. :Þ


You can find the whole list for this month’s photo challenge here or over on the right —>. There’s still lots of month left, so I hope you’ll join in. If you do, be sure to let me know in the comments so I can see what you come up with. These monthly challenges are so much fun!!

What’s on your table: kitchen table, coffee table, end table…? Have a good pic? Show me!!