Mutterings of a Fool

Man, Dad, Runner, Chief dog walker

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;


  1. Are you adjusting the shutter-speed to accomodate the changes in f-stop? Could, or not, help with the blurring

    • No, I’m leaving that on auto and just adjusting f-stop. I think it’s just finding the limit of the lens in that situation.
      Hoping the the lens I’m going to buy will help in these sort of shots

  2. I have the same resolutions, it is so easy to get used to taking pics with the auto function, as the photos are pretty good, isn’t it?

  3. I have no idea, but know i need to start using my camera properly too…….

  4. Gorgeous and I’m impressed (as I have a decent camera that it almost always on ‘A’ and I really should learn to switch it to ‘M’!).

  5. I’ve posted this link twice today! I find this to be a good guide to he basics of photography and the different modes on a DSLR.

    I take most of my photos with my 50mm 1.8 lens (though its the canon version) and i love how sharp it is compared to my other lenses. Well worth getting!

  6. I’m afraid you lost me with the techicalities, but the pictures of your daughter are lovely.

  7. That child is SO like you my man.
    I think you’re doing exactly the right thing – having a go and experimenting.
    And trust me on this, when you get that shot and the light is just so and you love love love it AND you took it in manual, you will do a little happy dance!

    • I know and I think it frustrates the lady of the manor every single day 🙂 I think I’m going to use your prompts to get me out at the weekends taking new photos on manual rather than just recycling old ones

  8. Are you spedaddling the floom? Which is how you could be speaking… I have NO IDEA what you’re on about. But those pics look OK to me. Keep, er, spedaddling

    (M is GORGEOUS btw)

  9. Lovely pics, F-stops and apertures aside! It often makes me dizzy and slightly nauseous trying to work out how to use the manual settings on my camera, but I should try more often. The auto setting can be limiting. Good luck with your year of manual playing.

  10. Beautiful pictures! I need to get off Auto too.

  11. I don’t know the meaning of anything you did to get these photos but they are simply gorgeous! I usually just click auto and go LOL

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