Mutterings of a Fool

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Tag: DSLR

The Gallery – my photo resolution

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;

If you want to shoot the moon, make sure that you know why

The lyric isĀ from one of my favourite Paul Weller songs, which brings back many happy memories of when I was courting the current lady of the manor. By courting I of course mean snogging in my bedroom age 18, but courting sounds so much more romantic.

But it’s also a question that I’ve found myself asking tonight, perhaps it’s the first clear night for a good while, or maybe it’s the beautiful big moon that is showing tonight. Whatever it is, it is definitely at least in part inspired by Cosmic Girlies photoblog where I’ve been lurking for a while. If you like taking photo’s and want some easy to follow instructions on taking photo’s then check it out. I’ve been looking at all the settings on my fancy DSLR for a while and figured it was time to get out of auto mode, so inspired by Cosmic Girlie I’ve been giving it a go. So here in all it’s glory is my attempt at a moon photo: