Photography

Shooting in Manual for the First Time

I’ve been dabbling a little bit with photography since my parents bought me my first DSLR camera for Christmas. Up to this point, I’d only be shooting in the beginner modes where the camera makes all the choices for you. I really had no clue what all the dials and settings meant. I figured it was time to get my feet wet and dive in and learn how to shoot in Manual.

I signed up for Bella Pop’s Shooting in Manual Photo 101 online course and let me tell you I’m so glad I did! She explains it in a way that makes sense to me and there’s lots of pictures and videos. I’m a visual person so I need to see an example in order to understand what I’m doing.

Today I went out in my yard to practice by photographing some of the plants and flowers. I got a few cute shots of my daughter, Bridget. Shooting in Manual is a little overwhelming right now, but I’m sure I will get used to it with time.

Here’s the photos I took- I shrunk them smaller so they would fit in a post, put rounded corners and added a watermark in Picmonkey but otherwise they are SOCC (straight out of the camera).

If you have a DSLR camera, what mode do you shoot in?

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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