This is the year penguins will fly.

Messing with Manual

I’ve decided that it’s finally time to figure out how to use my camera on manual settings so a few days ago I joined Ash and some of our friends and tried to take pictures of them skating.

I spent most of the session just trying to figure out how to use the camera (I’ve lost the manual and so had no idea what all the buttons actually did) but eventually I managed to get a few good photographs. A lot of the photo’s came out blurred, out of focus or just too dark to begin with, but i’m sure with a bit of practice I can be taking even better photographs than I was before!

Unfortunately the weather was a bit dreary which meant that it was hard to get my ISO low enough for the fast shutter speed I needed and I had to crack out my flash quite early on. But this was also a good learning experience as I haven’t used my flash much either!

Shutter speed too slow, but I do like the feeling of movement in a way.

A little out of focus 😦

Somehow using a very shallow DOF and focussing it slightly too to the left of the subject. Otherwise this could have been good.

Getting the hang of the focus and practicing with my flash

I like the movement in this one, but the photo came out too dark originally meaning it is a little grainy.

 

If there’s any photographers out there that could give me some good feedback or tips for shooting manual than please don’t hesitate to comment! I’d very much appreciate it πŸ™‚

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But for now I’ll leave you with my favourite photo from the night, it might be a little over exposed due to the harsh flash, but I like it πŸ™‚

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2 responses

  1. Jennie

    it always makes my day when I hear someone is trying to use the manual mode on their camera πŸ™‚ overall I’d say you’re doing excellent! best advice I can give is to keep practicing!! and just in case you don’t quite have a complete grasp on all the settings, you can check out my post on shooting in manual mode πŸ™‚ http://jecreations.wordpress.com/2013/01/06/how-to-shoot-in-manual-mode-an-introduction/

    December 4, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    • Thank you so much! I will definitely keep practicing πŸ™‚ I did try before to learn how to use manual but then didn’t use for camera for a while afterwards, so now i’ve picked it up more regularly again I most definitely want to learn how to use it properly!
      Thanks so much for the help! Really useful blog post πŸ™‚

      December 5, 2013 at 12:06 am

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