Anyone that follows me on social media knows I thoroughly enjoy taking photos. Next to serving with the Most Excellent Way, Charis House, and teaching on Sundays it is my favorite thing to do – capturing moments in time that can never be given back.

This past week I had an opportunity to sit with a local professional/business minded photographer. And while we discussed a tremendous amount of information, the one thing he wants me to focus on is using the Aperture setting on my camera. I’ve watched this video to help me understand – Aperture Premium. While it is basic, and some can watch it with great comprehension – go to their camera, adjust settings and be on their way, I can’t. I learn best walking through the video and actually doing what the person in the video is showing me so I can physically see the difference in my lens and in the photo.

So yesterday was day one of using Aperture mode on my camera. I went out to my flower bed just after sunrise to take pictures of my zinnias growing. My front yard is completely shaded in the mornings. I only have an automatic flash, so that’s what I used. And while they are pretty, you can see the images are not crisp and they are grainy. From what I am reading, one of the reasons they are grainy is because of not enough Aperture – lighting.

Later in the day, when the front yard was in full sun, I went as close to the same location as I could and took similar images.

Some of the images are too bright, and washed out the color. I don’t know how to fix that yet but I will eventually. What was exciting for me was the difference in actually seeing the contrast between too little lighting and sufficient lighting – being IN the light. .

My outtake – Walk. In. The. Light.

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12