Thursday, March 28, 2013

Moving Out Of Auto

I only just recently bought myself a Canon Rebel T4i; not because I needed a new hobby but because my children are growing up so fast and I don't want to miss a minute of it. What I didn't know was that, like any Christmas gift that requires batteries or involves electronics, this was a gift that would keep on giving.  If I had done my research I would have seen about a "bazillion" lenses and filters and hoods and flashes and other wonderful accessories to go along with my new "black box of  light developing"; but at the time, all I knew was that I wanted to take better pictures of my beautiful kiddos.

Another thing I could not have imagined was how many settings and terms I would be forced to learn once I had my camera in my hands. Yes, I am one of those people guilty of saying, "Yeah, well he/she has a really great camera." Um, yeah right! While I am sure that having a great camera IS helpful, pointing and shooting are only the beginning of great photography.

Last week on Saturday, I took a Beginners Photography Class to help me learn my way around my new camera. Yes, I have the manual, and yes, I have read it through at least 5 times. The trouble is, there is so much information and I am a visual and hands on learner. Those black and white demonstrations and page upon page of words did nothing for me.
In this little class I learned about ISO, Fstop(aperture), and Shutter Speed. I was faced with terms like Depth of Field and Focal Length and Focal Distance. I stretched my mind and dumped in creative words like Rules of Thirds and Dark Meets Light and Leading Lines.
My head was beginning to spin, but I can safely say that I will never go back to auto.
So goodbye to that little green square of safety.
Hello to Mr. Manual. It's so nice to finally meet you.


Lona said...

LOL. Goodbye to that little green square of safety...

I recently bought a nicer camera, too. Then I checked out a book from the library and worked my way through most of it. There is a lot to remember, and my brain isn't as dependable as it used to be. Might have to find a beginning photog class...

The book said if you don't learn to use all these nifty settings, you just have a heavier point and shoot camera to lug around. I can see that as a real danger. But oh, even with the green square of safety, it takes so much better pics!

Very Verdant said...

Lona, Good point about having a heavier point and shoot to lug around, and about it taking better pictures even within the green square of safety. :0) Already loving the results of our investment! Happy Shooting!

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