Hubby took me out blacklighting last night. No, not to a rock concert. We went hunting for night insects with a group of photographers. My Nikon Coolpix 510 is my brand new camera, and I’m still learning to use it, so I accepted lots of help from the others there.
They set my camera on manual, and I learned to dial in the shutter speed that I wanted. I still don’t have the hang of shooting on macro with the telephoto extended, but some of the shots came out by chance.
I still need to learn how to dial down the flash, because it was pretty intense and washed out a lot of the shots. So much to learn. And then there was the downloading of the photos to my new iMac, and processing the photos with iPhoto. ARG. My old brain is swimming. Or drowning, I’m not sure which. I have Aperture, but I’m trying to take this one step at a time and learn iPhoto first.
We went up Silverado Canyon in Orange County, CA, in the Cleveland National Forest. Although we live in the midst of 18 million people, there are still some really wild places left in the county. This is one of them.
I have to confess that I shoot mostly on Auto. Never again. The guys set my camera on manual and I fumbled around trying to take shots that way. I had no idea what I was doing, but managed to get a few shots in focus among the many that weren’t. I even managed to use my Nikon software to download them and erase the photos from the camera. The “erase” part was new.
Amazingly, I found the pics in iPhoto and processed a few of the best ones after deleting the masses of out-of-focus shots, or the ones with perfectly focused backgrounds from which the moth had fled seconds earlier. And even more incredibly, I was able to find and email a few. Now lets see if I can find them again to post in this blog.
The upshot of this is that I’m hooked on photographing insects at night. What fun! Hubby and I signed up as Forest Service volunteers so we can help them collect data on the unseen and unsung night critters of the forest.