Life goes on – New hobbies and travel!

Infrequent content

I haven’t written a new (proper) post for almost a month now, and before that post it was the same story – one month between posts. Since I blog for YCE, that blog is prioritised over my personal one as well. When I write a post for the YCE-blog, I’ll mention it here!

However, regardless of how often I post (or don’t), I want to ensure everyone that I don’t intend to abandon the blog. Also, I have a lot of posts already, covering many, many topics. There’s a lot of things to read already that you perhaps haven’t read yet.

 

My new hobby: Photography

In the spirit of starting my new life from scratch – which I mentioned in my last post, I’ll be more active, doing things, for instance travel and picking up a new hobby: photography. As I mentioned in the same post, I’ll be writing about other things than my health issues – I am more than my illness after all. (Swedish). This will mean some posts about photography!

I’ve mentioned that I got myself a DSLR-camera and started to learn how to take good pictures. I don’t intend to make money off of it, but I do aim to become a good amateur photographer.

As I’m new to photography you shouldn’t expect me to know everything. Or even a lot. You can expect some very fundamental, basic things. Everything I write about is something I learned myself very recently. Going straight to the source is never a bad idea if you want more explanations. Still, I believe what I do write is correct, although perhaps at times incomplete. Regardless, this is how I learn things – by writing about it.

Why photography?

Photography is the perfect combination for me as I like to be creative, I like technology and I blog, which means I can use my own photos for the blog. I also like science and there’s a lot of science in cameras and lenses with their very advanced optics. It opens up the world around you as well, you’ll look at things differently, thinking of lighting and colours and other things. It also serves another purpose for me at this point in time, which is that it’s a reason to get out more. I want to travel more as well, which is the perfect time to take photos!

Learning to use the RAW image file format

There are so many things to learn about photography that it’s bewildering to say the least. For instance, to my surprise, the settings you use on the camera doesn’t mean a whole lot to many, especially if you shoot in the image format called RAW.

RAW is an image format like JPEG or PNG, but with (at least) one very important difference – it keeps all information recorded by the camera’s sensor and saves it with no or almost no processing. This in stark contrast with other image formats, for instance the very commonly used JPEG. JPEG compresses and removes data that’s not generally required for the picture to look good, while making the image size smaller. Much smaller, like 1/10th, 1/5th or so, depending on settings.

Even if you can fix these things later, it’s far better to make sure you do your best when actually taking the photo, because it sucks to try and use Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom to fix every image.

Consumers being given inaccurate specifications

So, I’ve spent a lot of time reading guides, watching YouTube and I’ve learnt a lot about focal length, aperture and ISO. I’ve also learned what effect a crop sensor has on a lens designed for full-frame camera.

If you have a lens rated 70-300mm/4.0-5.6, which is built for a full-frame camera, most appears to know you’ll have to multiply it by 1.6 (on a Canon) to get the actual focal length, which means you’d get a 112-480mm focal length. However, you’ll also need to do the same with the aperture, which sucks. A higher aperture lets in less light, which is bad in low light situations. It also makes it more difficult to get a really blurry bokeh.

This only occurs when using a lens on a camera with a smaller sensor than the lens was designed for though. (Like a full-frame lens on an APS-C camera. Anyway, buying the above-mentioned lens would result in it being a 112-480mm/6.4-9 on a cropped lens camera. It affects the ISO as well, but I’ll refer to the video for an explanation on that.

Using this phenomenon to scam people

For those who watched the above clip, you’ll know camera manufacturers use this phenomenon to scam people. They do so by claiming that their tiny, compact camera (that you can’t change lenses on) with say a 25-70mm focal length is equivalent to a 70-300mm with an aperture of say 2.8 on a DSLR. (Numbers are randomly chosen here.) It’s not true, at all. Again, I’ll refer to the video for a thorough explanation about this – I mostly want consumers to know this before they get cheated.

This guy has great videos and an awesome channel. Mature yet entertaining, straight to the point, backed by facts and science. I’m also trying desperately trying to figure out how old he is. Seriously, look at it!

There are so many things to learn for me and I hope I’ll have the time to share my experience on this blog as I go along.

As a side note… Knowing Photoshop and/or Lightroom is almost obligatory. You can live without it, but the images wouldn’t be quite as good.

Of course… Here’ a few images I’ve taken. Nothing fancy or special, just very basic stuff. Could’ve been done on a cellphone easily, I think. Still, progress!

Meeting friends from Maxa Livet privately

On the 4th of April I’ll embark on a journey to Malmö, Skåne in southern Sweden. It’s five hours by train from Stockholm. I’ll be staying at a friend’s place the first couple of days, then I’ll move to a hotel. We need our space to truly relax but it saves me 60€/night. I was lucky enough to find tickets priced at 18.5€ and back home 15€! Real bargain!

I’m not sure what we’re going to do yet though. I just wanted to meet them as I was a bit disappointed with the latest workshop with Maxa Livet.

I’ll get back to you on this trip once, you know, I’ve done it/am doing it!

Later in April, I’m going to Prague as well, for a PanCare-meeting. I’ll write more about that later on though.

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