Sunday, February 7

Automatic to Manual: Baby Steps

The camera was purchased over a year ago but it was only recently that I sat down and actually tried the things I've learned. Ali and Mishelle inspired me to sit down and start using something other than the big ol' automatic setting crutch on the dial.

Truth: I just want an excuse to get a lens as big and fancy as Mishelle's, I definitely have lens envy. And if learning how to use this thing to justify that purchase (which isn't really going to happen unless they become Happy Meal toys) then learning to use the camera properly is the way I'm going to go. 

BTW: who ever selects upcoming Happy Meal toys --> lens for DSLRs would guarantee an unprecedented run on the sales of Happy Meals. You're welcome to act on that suggestion. You don't even need to credit me, just act on it, m'kay?

Anyway. So Manual, it's so nice to meet you. Go easy on me okay? I'm just learning how to use you to my fullest advantage.

Woah, wait, that sounded a bit rude. I mean, yes Manual I'm going to use you but trust me, it will benefit us both. Not that that sounds much better. I just hate for you to think I'm 'using you'.

After all, it's not like you haven't been taunting and teasing while intimidating me for over a year. You are a camera-tease, there's no doubt about that.

So here we go Manual: a fast subject under horrible lighting conditions. But I was patient master. I don't think your grasshopper failed.


*hisses* 'Manual, I will make you my bitch soon enough.'

I suppose that didn't sound any better than 'using you', did it?

*sigh*

Don't take it personally my sweet inanimate object that I think cares about what I think.

*sigh*

I need to get out more.

10 comments:

Loralee Choate said...

You are a much better photographer than I am. I was stoked to get a basic DSLR. I would just stare and blink at a fancy schmancy lens, so KUDOS!

I will have to stand closer to You and Mishelle and Ali at a conference and hope the photo awesomeness rubs off on to me. :)

A Vapid said...

I have had my fancy schmancy dslr for a year and a half and I am still learning. That is a great picture I must say.

My captcha is pracit...pracit makes percet?!

Will said...

Remember this one thing:

Shutter= available/constant light (sunlight, overheads, flashlight, etc.)

Apeture= on/off-camera flash, depth of field

Everything else is gravy.

Heather said...

I am still trying to re-learn all of the stuff from my college photography classes...but I too am practicing with the manual setting on my DSLR.

mamatulip said...

This is an awesome picture. AWE. SOME.

Stimey said...

I hear you. I need to figure out how to use my manual settings too. My camera makes me feel inadequate.

Ali said...

that photo is PERFECT.

oh how I suffer from the lens envy. There are about, um, 4 that I really want right now but I can afford, um, zero of them. awesome.

lildb said...

what a kid.

bubble face is so grand, ain't it?

Kyla said...

Great shot! I've taken mine off auto a few times, but I just don't have the time to learn it at the moment...one of these days! Maybe after undergrad...maybe after med school...maybe after residency...ah hell, maybe once I'm dead. LOL.

Adventures In Babywearing said...

Can you come over and teach/learn with me? I'm in the same boat.

Steph