Falling In Love With My Camera

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I’ve owned a Nikon D 5100 for several years and never realized how much I didn’t know about my beloved camera until a few days ago. Auto mode was my “go to method” when I shot photos. I know quite a bit about photo composition, so I thought that by filling my frame and applying rule of thirds I was doing top notch photography.

Visit Guidelines for Better Photographic Composition to learn helpful tips.

My recent assignment in multimedia class required me to shoot in manual mode. Boy was I depriving myself. Shooting in manual mode allows so much flexibility. This is where the magic happens in photography.

A whole new world opened up for me the moment I started experimenting with my camera’s settings, a world of visual art. I also felt a world of frustration with being a new kid on the block, but boy was I in love. The more I experimented with the settings and practiced, the frustration subsided and I found my rhythm.

I’m obviously far from an expert, but knowing more about my camera motivates me to learn and practice more. With that being said, I’ve learned some valuable tricks of the trade these past few days.

Auto mode delivers quality photos, but nothing compares to the freedom, flexibility and variety you get when shooting with a DSLR camera using manual mode. ISO, aperture and shutter speed are at the forefront of creating visual art.

Maintaining an ISO of 400 is a best choice for most settings. Anything lower will cause your photos to be too dark and higher ISO settings may be too bright and create noise.

Visit ISO Settings in Digital Photography to learn more about the best ISO settings to use in manual photography.

Aperture and shutter speeds work hand in hand to control exposure. Larger aperture settings (f/2) with smaller shutter speeds create a shallow depth of field. In turn, smaller aperture settings (f/16) with larger shutter speeds create wide or deep depth of field.

Visit Understanding Depth of Field for Beginners to learn more about Depth of Field.

I’m certain I took at least a hundred photos during this photo shoot. It took lots of time because I tried different settings and angles with every subject. However, it was worth the time and effort because I learned a lot about which settings work best in various lighting situations.  I also got lots of practice.

After I captured my images, the editing process was next on the list. Photo Mechanic is a user friendly application most photojournalists use to edit photos.

I still have a lot to learn about this tool; however, using it to edit my photos was a smooth process. I highly recommend Photo Mechanic for its benefits in photo editing and caption writing.

Learn more about Photo Mechanic and try a free trial version.

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