Sunday, April 19, 2015

Experimenting with Manual Settings

 Even though I've had my camera for a couple of years now, I have always been too intimidated to use manual mode.  I borrowed a great book from the library called 'Understanding Exposure' and have vowed to never go back to using automatic settings!
 The pictures above are the first ones I attempted in manual mode. I have a lot to learn, but I realized the best way to practice it to just take a lot of pictures in different environments. 
 Taking pictures outside is the easiest so far, although I seem to spend a lot of time looking at my camera's brightness meter!
 Some pictures turn out blurry of course, others are either over or underexposed. Every once in a while a capture a favourite (like the one below)

 While shooting in automatic mode, I used to focus solely on the composition of the picture and let the camera do the rest.  Now I have shifted my focus from compostion to just focusing on getting an exposure that is clear and bright.  Once I gain more confidence I am hoping I will be able to multi-task.

 I definitely need to work on my close-ups...

 The portraits of Miko are turning out better already, but I am having trouble with landscape shots and shooting indoors.

 These ones of Miko peering through the fence are my favourites so far. 

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