Working My Camera Settings

Before moving on to more road trip posts, I thought I’d write a little bit about my photography class this semester. Some work for the class includes taking photos that will go with articles in the campus news. Other work involves practicing with the technical settings such as aperture, shutter speed and ISO. These are the areas that I needed to learn more about. Up until this photography class, I would take photos and concentrate on general composition.

This is one of the photos I took while practicing with the shutter speed settings on my camera. It’s a southbound view of I-95, going through Delaware County, Pennsylvania. A truck on the opposite side was pulled over for a while as I took a series of these photos.

What’s interesting to me is that I’ve always wanted to try and get those streaked images of nighttime traffic. Something else I’d like to do with long exposures is to capture star trails. I think I’ll get to that point sometime as I continue to learn more technical photography skills. For now, I know the triangle of settings that work together…aperture (for example, written out as f/5.6), shutter speed (1/250) and ISO (400).

About caroldwyer

A freelance photographer and blogger, I'm also a non-traditional graduate of Cabrini College with a B.A. in communication, minor in English and concentration in film studies. As a student, I was a staff writer, photographer and copy editor for the Loquitur. In my final semester, I assisted in promoting campus literary events for Woodcrest Literary Magazine. I love travel, historic places, nature, wildlife and the arts. I hope to be involved in some way with one of those areas throughout my media career. Currently, I'm pursuing my M.F.A. in creative writing and publishing. Read my film blog at - and my literary blog at
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