I own a decent camera, it’s a DSLR, a Nikon D60 to be precise. It takes very good photos, however most of the time this is on auto so the skill from me is just spotting the photo opportunity. I have been trying over the past few months to start turning that big dial on the top away from auto and to P, S or A. It’s a scary thing and a very quick route to massive frustration when the BLOODY CAMERA WON’T DO WHAT I WANT. But I do love taking photos and would love to at least be a little bit proficient in using this fancy camera properly so I know that it’s a good photo because I took it.
So with this weeks prompt from Tara Lara being My photography resolution I am putting into writing that I will use manual mode for the majority of the time. I will learn exactly what a high aperture is, how I select it on my camera and when to use it. I will learn how to meter properly with my camera. I will try manual focus some of the time and most of all I will take some great photos.
So in the spirit of this I had a go on Sunday taking a few photos of my favourite subject. I set the camera to the lowest f-stop possible and increased the ISO a little to take account of the low winter light (does it sound like I know what I’m doing? Don’t be fooled). Not a bad start I don’t think. I do find that the autofocus struggles a little bit on close up photos in particular so a few of turned out a little blurry. Also I hope to get a 50mm lens soon which has a lower possible f-stop and therefore should be better for taking these sort of photos;