Sunday, April 18, 2010

{Manual Mode}

Since I got my Nikon D5000 camera at Christmas, I’ve been wanting to try to learn how to take better pictures. Through some research, I learned that the best way to take better pictures is to get off auto mode and be in control of your settings. Up until last weekend, I had trouble comprehending the basics (aperture, shutter speed, etc.) Well, last weekend I purchased the Get Me Off of Auto Photography eBook on Designer Digitals and let me tell you, I totally get it now….well, not totally, but I’m definitely on my way.

Yesterday, I decided to play around with my camera (in between cleaning spurts) and got a little courage to try manual mode.
2010 04 16_1583 copy How cool is this?! It was gloomy & rainy outside but look how great the lighting is in this pic!

Here’s a macro shot: 
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Then I decided to try a product pic (working on pics of my products for the shop seems to be a continuing & evolving process). 
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I cannot believe the lighting in this photo. For 3+ years I have never been able to get the lighting this great and the color this accurate in pics without a little bit of tweaking. By the way, all these photos are unedited (except for the last one where I did a little bit of cropping).

You can bet that I will be shooting more & more in manual mode from now on!

Are you a photographer (professional or amateur)? Do you have a favorite mode or settings that you shoot with? Let me know, I’d love to hear!


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Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I need to check out that book as sadly...."My name is Julie, and I am an AUTO addict!" LOL!! :):):):):):):) Its really hard as my DD has a skin condition, sooooo she is ALWAYS wearing a hat outdoors and my photos always hide her face due to shadows!!! I loveeeeeeeeeee your photos...they are gorgeous! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

~HappyScrappinMama~ said...

Great photos! I wish I had something besides a point and shoot, but that is what I have for now.

Carol B said...

Hmm...really good shots.
I only use a 'point-n-shoot' camera and I tweek to my hearts content.