15 November 2010


Listening to: Sing it Out by Switchfoot. 
Quote love: "The word pretty is unworthy of everything you will be, and no child of mine will be contained in five letters. You will be pretty intelligent, pretty creative, pretty amazing, but you will never be merely “pretty." Katie Makkai

we roasted coffee beans last week. the coffee was better than the espresso.

I have a few questions. Some of them make me feel stupid asking them.

But. I need to know.

Could someone explain to me why all of the pictures I post look grainy?  Cause that's not how they look in iPhoto or on GIMP. I was scrolling down my blog earlier and realized how bad they looked. Is it just me? Or are they really that noisy?

Also. Does anyone know why I'm having trouble figuring out aperture/shutter speed. (besides, obviously, I haven't been doing this photography thing very long.) Here the problem. Let's say I have Darcy set on aperture priority and the aperture set on, say 4.5. Darcy sets the shutter speed to something like 1/125. The picture turns out fine. I program the same settings into the camera, the only difference being manual priority. The picture is underexposed. I don't get it.

I've been incredibly blessed lately. Sometimes things seem to work out perfectly without any trying. That's how I've been feeling lately. God has been blessing me.


  1. Your photos really don't look grainy to me, Katie (I love them). But if they look different to you, I'd google it. I know there's some trick to fixing that.

    About the shutterspeed/aperature thing, one other thing you need to be looking out for is ISO, which is basically how fast your sensor absorbs light. The lower the number (100, 200, etc) the slower it will absorb light, and the higher the number (1600, 3200) the faster it will absorb light, resulting in a less blurry (for low-light settings) but perhaps slightly grainy photo. Your aperature priority mode probably has Auto-ISO, and your manual is probably set on you-select ISO - you can probably change it to auto if you want. Okay, sorry if you already knew all of this...I'm rambling. Just thought it was something to look out for.

    That may or may not be the problem - I'd just experiment a bit...That's pretty much how I learned manual mode! Also, one thing you might want to look at is metering (that little scale thingy that most cameras have...although I don't know if yours does!). It'll tell you how far off you are with your shutter-speed. When it's centered, you're right on - at least according to your camera.

    Okay, wow...this was really long! I hope that it was a wee bit helpful to you:) Good luck!


  2. Your pictures don't look grainy to me either. The ones in this post are so beautiful!

    I'm afraid I can't help you with the other question. :) I use an old Canon point-and-shoot, so I don't know much about adjusting settings and stuff. :)


  3. Hannah- ok, so I think I have ISO down. and when it's on manual, there is an option to set the ISO automatically, so I can't see how that would be a problem. thanks for explaining! it helped!

    Kristin- I'm glad you don't think they're grainy! it must be my laptop!


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