This past weekend I had a rare couple of hours to myself, so I decided to play with my camera a bit. My Mother had given me some of her photography books to look over and I spent a little while reading about aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and other alien terms. Honestly, it was like the first time I read Shakespeare – I had to re-read it at least four times before I had the slightest clue what it meant, and I am sure I will have to read it ten more times to grasp the full meaning! However, I took my new (albeit meager) knowledge, grabbed my camera and did something I have wanted to do for months, but have just been too intimidated to try – I SWITCHED THE SETTING TO MANUAL! Ok, at first the screen was all black and then I started adjusting and it turned all white…..but then a light bulb went off in my head, the camera lens is kind’ve like the pupil of your eye and you can control how much light comes in! Now, I realize all of you experienced photographers are laughing now because I didn’t already know this, but it was a quite a revelation to me. 🙂
So, I adjusted settings…. and adjusted some more settings….snapped some shots….went inside, downloaded them….AND….well, most of them pretty much stunk….but, a few of them actually were not too shabby. And in those few, I saw a glimmer of richness, of depth, and a capturing of light in a way that I had never done before on the safety of auto settings!
Therefore, I have made a resolution – I am on Manual and I am never going back! Please bear with me as I have much to learn 🙂
Here are a few of those first shots….