Playing with Fire | Camera Shutter Speed and ISO Manipulation: Take 1

Recently, I’ve decided to start toying with the ISO and Shutter Speed on my Nikon D5100 to see what cool things I can do. In the past, I’ve been hesitant to do this because  I’ve believed that photography is about capturing the moment exactly the way it was. Now, I want to at least give photo enhancement a chance — and by “photo enhancement” I do not mean any editing or Photoshopping; I simply mean changing the camera settings (like ISO and Shutter Speed) to produce the best quality photo that captures the essence of a moment better as opposed to the mere documentation of a moment.

So on April 22 and 23, I played with fire photography and glow sticks photography, some of which are shown below. By changing the ISO and Shutter Speeds I was able to produce some very cool images. However, this is only the beginning for my exploration of these features. The images I took were basic — pretty much anyone with a camera can do things like this. My hope is that over the next month I can create unique images by playing with the camera settings.

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