An Introduction to my Digital Camera

The camera that I will be using for the Digital Photography class is a Nikon D3000. It comes with just over 10 megapixels, and it has a 3” fixed LCD monitor. The camera has an EN-EL9a rechargeable Li-ion battery, and when it loses its charge, it takes just over 1 1/2 hours to fully recharge it. I use two different types of lenses with the camera; an 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens and a 55-200 mm f/4.5-6G IF-ED lens. I protect both of my camera lenses with UV filters. The camera stores all photos on a Secure Digital (SD) memory card that has a storage capacity of 8 gigabytes.

And now, for a more personal view/description about my camera. I love using it to take photos of just about anything. I enjoy sharing my favorite photos with my friends on Facebook. For the past two years, I have been able to exhibit some of my photos at my local 4-H fair. This past summer, I received Best of Show for a photo that I took of fireworks. Needless to say, I was pretty physiqued about it! I look forward to learning even more about photography through the class. I love the chance it gives us to learn photography from a Christian perspective.


The Difference Between Art Elements and Art Principles

To be able to capture art in a powerful manner, one must possess an understanding of art elements and art principles and how they work together to create a unique work of art. Art elements include lines, shapes, space, value, texture, and color. The principles of art include emphasis, balance, unity, contrast, movement, and pattern. Art principles are the result of a combination of art elements resulting in visually appealing art. The difference between them is the fact that art elements are the building blocks of art principles. For example, a repetition of lines (elements) results in a pattern (a principle). The combination of art elements and art principles can also help by giving the artwork dimension. When it comes to photography, to achieve a truly interesting photo, the photographer must use elements and principles when composing the picture. Knowledge of the elements and principles of art also gives you a better appreciation of art, and makes capturing the art easier.