Clickin’ Chicks of Parkwood

Girls need girl time.  There is something cathartic about being around other women with similar interests and passions.  That is why the women of Parkwood Baptist Church created Girlfriends.  Girlfriends are small groups of women with common interests.  The Clickin’ Chicks group includes women who love taking pictures and have a common interest in serving the Lord as well.  Members are from different churches (you don’t have to go to PBC to join).  We carry all kinds of cameras from the smallest point and shoots to professional grade DSLRs.  We get together every other month or so and talk about our pictures and how to make them better.  Between meetings we share in a private facebook group, too.  Ultimately, we will use our photographs to serve the Lord through service projects for special groups in the community.

This month, we took a field trip to Battle Park.  Below are examples of the things we learned to do with our cameras.

Blurring the Water in a Waterfall:

Have you ever seen a photograph of a beautiful stream or waterfall with water that seems to flow like a ribbon?  How do they do that?  To stop the water motion and make droplets appear, use a fast shutter speed (photo on the left – shutter speed 1/4000).  To make the water flow like a ribbon, use a much slower shutter speed and a tripod (picture on the right – shutter speed 1/13).  In addition to blurring the water, you can use aperture to blur or put into focus different parts of the picture as well.  The  example below also illustrates a wide aperture indicated by the lower f-stop number that allows the foreground and background to be blurred (picture on the left – f/1.4).  The narrow aperture indicated by a larger f-stop number keeps more of the photo in focus (picture on the right – f/13).  Keep in mind, whenever you adjust one aspect of the exposure, you have to compensate by adjusting something else (i.e. if you increase your shutter speed to let in less light, you need to widen your aperture or increase the ISO as well.)



We practiced taking multiple pictures of the same scene or object by changing our perspective.  We were fortunate to have a beautiful model who helped with portrait perspectives.


In addition, we looked at lighting, backgrounds, framing the shot, and many other aspects of great images.  If you love girl time and pictures, come join us.  Our next meeting will be a second field trip (weather permitting) in September.


Clickin’ Chicks


Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. ~ 1 Peter 4:10

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