Friday, August 3, 2012

Camera Tutorial - be brave & step away from auto!

Well, it doesn't feel like that long ago my first ever DSLR landed on my doorstep.

A Canon 350D. It was so scary, there were so many buttons & dials & I had no idea where to start on the various settings.

The best way to learn, I feel, is by practice. I have taught myself how to use my camera & now it feel great that I can switch on my camera & know, more of less, what setting I will need to get the best picture for the setting I'm in.

I intend to give various tutorials over the coming weeks, to encourage you to be brave & try switch off auto!

Below are two photos, taken by my husband of my two girls & me. 

The first photo was taken on 'auto'. Ok, not bad, it's an ok photo I guess, but any old camera could have taken that. 

So after a quick look at the photos, I adjusted the settings.  Increased the shutter speed a touch, widened the aperture, reduced the ISO & voilĂ .
These are both totally unedited, straight out the camera. But even a few subtle changes can make a huge difference.

What do you think? 

Next week we'll discuss aperture.... hold onto your hats...

1 comment:

  1. Wow. That's a major difference. I have a 'bridge' camera as was too scared and skint to go the whole hog with a DSLR camera, can I adjust all these things on there too? Wow...should read the manual I suppose! :) Thanks for the tips!