Not so long ago I got brave (about my camera that is) and after reading only a few pages of this book, switched my camera over to manual mode. I had LOVED the pictures I was getting from my new DSLR but I quickly got restless and wanted even better pictures. I set the Fstop to 5.6 like he said and started to shoot. I couldn't believe how easy it really was!
Here is one of my first attempts. On auto my camera would generally be taking pretty dark pictures in this room. I had my son stand by the window and I metered his face and... ta da!
I couldn't believe that it actually worked! I have been practicing in manual ever since and just this last month I went to visit my dad. He said he had some lenses and I said, "Yea, but not for a Nikon." He said, "Um, yes they are."
AND GUESS WHAT?
HE GAVE THEM TO ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Can you believe it?
So right now I'm practicing on a lens that has a much higher aperture range (not sure if that is how you actually say it). I love that I can get a blurry background now. The only problem is that the lens doesn't really match up with the camera and it doesn't auto focus. I'm really working hard trying to do everything myself. The kit lens works better when I'm trying to get the kids on an outing but this new lens works nice when I can take time to figure it all out.
Here is a picture from just the other day.
(settings: ISO200, F2.8, ss1/2000)
This is a repeat from my last post but I love this one. I don't think that it is completely in focus but I think that the blurriness makes it look soft. What do you think? What settings would have made this better?
To check out some other really great photos go here:
(who knows, you might be tempted to try manual mode too!)