As part of my experimentation processes for my photography work, I wanted to play around with the use of shutter speed in my camera to create different and cool effects to my images. The shutter speed is simply the nominal time the shutter is open. People use quite a quick shutter speed for when they want to capture a freeze photo of something in mid-action, such as someone jumping or the intricate details of a waterfall.

For my experimental photographs, I used a slow shutter speed which created blurry and distorted effects in the image. I left the shutter open for about 8 seconds, allowing the subject matter to move to create a 'trail-like' effect, as well as make it appear as there's doubles of her.

Creating photographs of this effect is quite easy, simply switch your camera settings (the rotary thing with the 'auto', 'manual', 'portrait', etc. features) to the 'S' feature which is the shutter-speed. Now, on the settings shown on your screen use the scroller at the top of your camera to change the shutter speed which is the "1/100" as shown below:

Via: https://i.ytimg.com/vi/zrUilSnKwGI/maxresdefault.jpg

The higher it is, the more faster the shutter speed is, so if you want to create the same effects as my photographs, turn it lower so the numbers look like 1", 2", 6" 10", etc. If you turn it all the way down until it says BULB", that means you can customise your shutter speed. 

Of course, this would all depend on what type of camera you're using but the easiest one to use if you're a beginner photographer is perhaps one of the Canon camera since they all have quite straightforward and easy settings with a very professional finish. If you still need help with your camera settings, or your photographs aren't turning out how you want it you can always pop me an email and I'd be very happy to help out! :)

Nicole ᵔᴥᵔ

+ Credits to my awesome model and friend, Cristina Hegyes!!! 


I have returned! I'm still alive and healthy but barely keeping my breath from combatting the stress and low-moods and finding the motivation to continue living a more productive life. Over the past several months, I've been through some emotional rollercoasters and tough periods where I'd want to jump off a cliff, but there was something that was quite life-changing that made me open my eyes a bit more.

In the recent weeks, I was told I only had 3 months left in the UK. Because in three months I am moving to America to live with my dad. Slightly scary. For me anyway because I've never had much major changes in my life (although I did immigrate from the Philippines, but I was two so I wouldn't really count that).

Because of my introverted ways and hermit-like lifestyle, I've stayed bottled up in my own room, watching the world from a screen rather than experience it. And with approximately 10 weeks left of my time here, the world around me seemed inevitable than ever, even though I never saw my town as interesting because I've lived here and seen pretty much everything here my entire life. This became my eye opener, my motivator that pushed me to make the most of my remaining time here.

From now on, I'll finish and then follow my Before I leave Bucket-list, which will include such things as writing my first novella, skinny dipping, starting my own zine, becoming semi-fluent in french, etc. I will also [try] to share it on here, so you can follow me on my journey of living a fuller life and towards becoming a person I want to be; a more confident and socially-savvy force to be reckoned with.

Nicole ᵔᴥᵔ

+ BTW if anyone of you have a crazier idea for my bucket-list, I would LOVE to hear and perhaps try it out!!! 


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