Tuesday, October 22, 2013
From Automatic to Manual: A New Photographic Journey
I can't believe it's been three years now since I fell in love with picture taking...my love for photography and editing has grown and grown. It's the first creative endeavor I've ever stuck with for an extended period of time...except for poetry, which I love just as much. These past three years, I've taken all my photos with my trusty point-and-shoot Lumix...I love this camera and it has allowed me to capture beautiful things with just a snap of the button. It allowed me to embrace this new passion despite my lack of knowledge about cameras, which I'm forever grateful for.
This past week, we invested in a new camera and I am now faced with a new challenge - finally learning how to work a camera manually. My husband and I are going to share our new investment: a Canon 5D Mark III. I can't tell you how intimidated I am to use this magical camera - I feel like a preschooler who has gotten behind the wheel of a Maserati. I literally know nothing about manual photography, and this camera has so many functions and capabilities - it's mind boggling and, honestly, a bit scary!
My goal over this winter is to slowly start learning...can anyone recommend any online classes, tutorials, or books that will help me grasp the basics? I would appreciate any advice. I do have Scott Kelby's series of Digital Photography books, and we purchased an eBook about the Canon 5D Mark III that looks very good. But if you know of any other online sources or books that explain photography basics in a way that's easy to grasp, please let me know.
I'm almost embarrassed to share the above image, but I HAD to at least point and shoot with our new camera, even though I had no idea what I was doing. I am absolutely amazed at the quality of the photo despite my lack of knowledge! Amazing. I keep reminding myself that any talented photographer I see online was once a beginner like me...I know practice is key. Please wish me luck! And thank you again for any advice.
I'm linking up today with Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday...I used her "Sybil" texture on my image, at Multiply/20% - just enough to add a subtle tone.
There are, it seems, two muses: the Muse of Inspiration, who gives us inarticulate visions and desires, and the Muse of Realization, who returns again and again to say ‘It is yet more difficult than you thought.’ ~Wendell Berry