Friday, October 12, 2012

No More Auto

Ever since I got my DSLR camera (two years ago), I have been shooting on Automatic.  There were dials and settings on my camera but I had no idea what to do with them.  Finally I decided to do something about that and I signed up for a class.  It was a 3 week course for beginners and would take you through the controls of your camera.

Of course there was homework.  We had to experiment with aperture and shutter speed.  I tried these out on a little waterfall right in the middle of our town.  It was in a dark corner so I did several adjustments to the settings.

Since this week's theme for Photo Art Friday is LIQUID and I had been shooting waterfalls I used an overlay on one of them.




Here's what the original one looked like without editing.


Knowing how to use the controls on my camera has made photography a lot more fun for me.  I signed up for a second class which will focus on composition.

To see more photo art join us at Pixel Dust's Photo Art Friday.

11 comments:

  1. OH I am so glad to have popped over to this blog. Now I am able to see you "liquid" shot for Photo Art Friday... and it is fabulous!

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  2. I've been shooting sans auto also - it's a challenge, but so rewarding. You did a fine edit on your photos. I really like the waterfall - lots of wonderful texture!

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  3. Like you, I still shoot only in "auto"...one of these days, I need to start learning manual photography. It's on my list of things to do! Thank you for sharing your lovely images and processing - they turned out well!

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  4. What a great piece of photo art you created from a lovely photograph! So pleased you shared your creative work with Photo Art Friday, Stephanie.

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  5. Neat edit! Good luck in your next class!

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  6. Lovely capture of the flowing water.

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  7. Oh, I love your captures!

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  8. I like what you did with the image. I´m also pleased that you start to learn how to use the camera. :) I rarely use automatic setting. The good thing with digital cameras is that you can take a lot of shots for no cost. Godo luck with experimenting.

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  9. I really like both - the second for the texture and the first for the colour. You might like to share your work on Mandarin Orange Monday:)

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  10. I like them both, too, and I love how that subtle bit of "control" can make such a HUGE difference. I'm getting closer to going off auto, although I still like the digital fiddling part AFTER, which then seems to inform my shooting going forward. I think it would work best with a hands-on live teacher to show me HOW-TO as mine is a very simply [though apparently it does a LOT] point and shoot.

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