Trinity of the great picture.

Father, son and the holy spirit. Red, Blue and Green. Whisky, soda and ice. Beauty has always been built with blocks of three.
Well, same goes with great pictures!
All cameras, whether an ancient film camera, or a more modern digital, work in pretty much the same way. Photographs are taken by letting light fall onto a light-sensitive medium, which records the image. Traditionally, this has been film, but more recently, it tends to be a digital sensor. The more light that falls onto the film or sensor, the lighter the image.
A photograph’s exposure is determined by just three camera settings. Mastering their use is an essential part of developing an intuition for photography. With most cameras, except basic “point n shoots” you have three variables that you can control.


Your three new best friends.

Shutter speed: This controls the duration of the exposure. “Shutter speed” and “exposure time” refer to the same concept, where a faster shutter speed means a shorter exposure time.

Shutter speed’s influence on exposure is perhaps the simplest of the three camera settings: it correlates exactly 1:1 with the amount of light entering the camera


Shutter speed is a powerful tool for freezing or exaggerating the appearance of motion.

With waterfalls and other creative shots, motion blur is sometimes desirable, but for most other shots this is avoided, so that the shot taken is sharp. This can be adjusted on the LCD screen of your DSLR.

Aperture Speed: A camera’s aperture setting controls the area over which light can pass through your camera lens. It is specified in terms an f-stop value, which can at times be counter-intuitive, because the area of the opening increases as the f-stop decreases.


The above f-stop numbers are all standard options in any camera, although most also allow finer adjustments, such as f/3.2 and f/6.3.

The range of values may also vary from camera to camera (or lens to lens). For example, a compact camera might have an available range of f/2.8 to f/8.0, whereas a digital SLR camera might have a range of f/1.4 to f/32 with a portrait lens.
Higher aperture will give you a better depth of field if your shutter speed allows sufficient, but not too much light.


Each photo was taken with the same ISO, but both the shutter speed and aperture were changed. As you can see, the background became less blurred the smaller the aperture.

ISO speed: The ISO speed determines how sensitive the camera is to incoming light. Similar to shutter speed, it also correlates 1:1 with how much the exposure increases or decreases. However, unlike aperture and shutter speed, a lower ISO speed is almost always desirable, since higher ISO speeds dramatically increase image noise.


As the ISO increases, the image is getting brighter, but at really high ISO, details on the face of the figurine are getting lost.

Common ISO speeds include 100, 200, 400 and 800, although many cameras also permit lower or higher values. With compact cameras, an ISO speed in the range of 50-200 generally produces acceptably low image noise, whereas with digital SLR cameras, a range of 50-800 (or higher) is often acceptable.

One can therefore use many combinations of the above three settings to achieve the same exposure. The key, however, is knowing which trade-offs to make, since each setting also influences other image properties. For example, aperture affects depth of field, shutter speed affects motion blur and ISO speed affects image noise.
Now, usually a faster shutter speed will require a larger aperture to allow enough light into the camera, and a slower shutter speed will need a smaller aperture to prevent too much light from getting in. As a result, ISO speed is usually only increased from its minimum value if the desired aperture and shutter speed aren’t otherwise obtainable.

Well, folks go frame your imagination with these tips and tweaks. Share those pics with us soon!


“Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides.” -André Malraux


 Hello Passionate folk!

Somebody that I used to know asked me what it takes for something to qualify as a secret.  Anything that only two people are aware of and are ashamed of was my naïve reply. He said secrets are things known to only one person. There is no ‘two’.

The things I admit only to myself and not even to the people they concern are the real secrets. As a student of psychology, I should tell you to engage in something cathartic and relieve yourself of those things that weigh you down but I’ve come to believe that heaviness will save you.  The people I live with and laugh with are the canvas I paint on but I don’t show them my palette.

When you find you cannot bring yourself to share something about yourself, it is not because you are ashamed. You have come to realize something so fundamental about yourself and it is separate from all previously known realities that it feels like you’ve suddenly realized the plot is separate from the story. Hold onto those new feelings of “what the hell, have I always been this way?” or ” When did this mole get hairy?!” and don’t reject yourself. Secrets are good for the soul because it means you have really understood yourself and now it’s making you uncomfortable because it goes against everything you think about yourself rather than what you know about yourself.

Facts are what people know about you and secrets are what you know about yourself.

Inserting insomnia-induced random verse:

Somewhere there is an edge more tempting than others

Where the fall screams for an embrace

An edge not meant to toe, made by everyone else

They call it Morality but Pleasure is his face.

That moment in the car, on the way back home

There is silence but for the rain

There is darkness but for the passing lights

There is control but for the kiss.

My world is slowly turning,

Cooling and burning,

But I’m still living those days

That you were raining upon my world.

If tear tracks could leave scars

We’ve been standing in burning rain

And though fire rained upon us

We’ve been fools to love the pain.

Known to each other like moths to a flame

We burn but never learn

And return to burn again.

Love and cheers!

Welcome to S.P.A.M.!

It’s time to open up.

Those who have been blind their whole lives dream in sounds, touch and smells but you and I only dream in color. When you dream of tasting something, it’s frustratingly real and novel and to the person who does taste in dreams, it is bland truth but color is unimaginable.

I want you to appreciate individual realities and find your passion. The whole world around us is interested in searching for the meaning of life and usually, all that life means to us is food on the table, a warm bed, a person to warm it and money. Take all that away and who are you? What consumes you? Sound, light, color, math, words, touch, answers, sight, people, food, sex, music, conversation? In a movie (that I’d rather not recommend) I saw many years ago, there was a dialogue that impacted me- “You know the Greeks didn’t write obituaries, they only asked one question after a man died, ‘did he have passion?’’.

Your S.P.A.M. members are driven by the play of light, shadow and color and find comfort in the permanence of memory captured forever on one hand and the manipulation of reality on the other. This is their passion.

Before you chase your passion, and I believe you secretly know what it is, remember that you might be alone. We enjoy music, art, books, ideas, movies and cultures together but the people who bring you those things have faced loneliness. That favorite song which you call ‘our song’ when sitting with a lover or consider the soundtrack of your life was birthed by one, probably very lonely person. This is only my opinion because this is what I have felt.

Vincent Van Gogh is a man who found his passion but lived in a world that didn’t care for it. When religion failed him, he found faith in his art. (I did not use the word ‘work’ because work does not lend meaning to us. What we truly do for ourselves- our art, our passion- is both our salt and poison.) He viewed the world in colors and contrasts and purposeful blurs and strokes and felt this was the new coming of art. He wished to revolutionize the way people looked at paintings and even the way that people looked at the world. It excited him to have the world wear his glasses. (We all do it. “You have GOT to see this movie!”) But he was alone. Sometimes creativity, unfortunately, is at first unacceptable. So don’t give up on what feels to others like a waste of time. It is not a waste of YOUR time. I wish someone was there to say that to Mr. Gogh and I wonder if it would have made a difference when he wrote these words:

“A great fire burns within me, but no one stops to warm themselves at it, and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke”

Before I let my captivation with Van Gogh bore the daylights out of you, let me sum up my rant- do what you love. And I don’t intend to go overboard with Gogh but this is so tempting-

“The more I think it over, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people”.

Hope to see you passionate folk!

Love and cheers!

 This slice of thought is brought to you by Sushena, SPAM Club 2012!