Aphorisms from the Professor: Brillat-Savarin

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

back from vacation with a new camera

While away for vacation, I got a new digital SLR camera. This panini was my first real attempt at playing with it, and it's clear I need more practice - I wasn't used to the weight of the camera, looking through a view-finder, and the "double-click", where first the camera focuses, then it takes the picture. The end result was that a lot of my pictures came out blurry, or with weird composition. I am most excited to experiment with the aperture to get nice depth of field. However, what I learned today is that in order to do so I need to get the tripod set up, because of the slow shutter speed associated with small apertures. So although I am happy with the final picture I chose, I know it would have been more awesome had I been using the tripod so I could have achieved a cool "blurring into the distance" effect.

Prosciutto, arugula, mozzarella, and roasted red peppers on Tuscan round


  1. This is an absolutely GORGEOUS panini!

  2. This is my favorite so far. Yum.


  3. to get a shallow depth of field (ie that cool blurring effect), you're going to want to decrease your f-stop number, which actually *increases* the aperture diameter. that means that the shutter speed will be quicker. that being said, a tripod may still be a good idea to maximize sharpness...

  4. Allison -- I got a book to go with my new camera to learn all about how to use it, but haven't had a chance to delve into it in detail. Thanks for the tip, clearly I was confused!

  5. The great thing about digital is that you can fire away to your ♥s content and not have to spend $$$ on film and processing. You'll be amazed at how much the tripod will help. And be sure to buy a shutter release (little wire thingy with a button on the end).