It started like this yesterday on the photography course:
Hello, my name is Ingrid, I have a Nikon D80 and I shoot in fully automatic mode. (because I am too stupid to understand how to use my camera properly)
In other words I have this great camera with an amazing range of possibilities but I am using it as a point and shoot camera. I am an Anonymous Automaticmode shooter, an AA. Luckily I wasn’t the only one, the whole class was filled with AA’s. People with all possible types of digital SLR camera’s and we were only using 5% of our camera’s capabilities.
Were. Because those days are over.
I bought my D80 because I read the review and it said it was a great camera. I read the manual and did not understand a single word about things like aperture and shutter speed so I never bothered to actually use those settings on my camera. I shot in automatic mode an thought that most pictures looked OK.
2 days on a really great photography course (very recommended) and my camera is no longer in control, I am. We had a fantastic teacher who knew how to teach, who was funny, British (…) and who was very good in explaining all the things I didn’t understand. It was a whole new world revealing itself. Today we went for some photo assignments in Russell Square to practise all we have learned, prints were made of our photos and they were discussed in class. In two days I have changed from an AA to someone who understands shutter speed, aperture and manual focus and my camera. Look how blurry the background is in the above picture – that’s one of the big things I learned – how to blur and make the subject of the picture more prominent. It’s not a great picture but the effect is pretty cool. All that’s left to do now: go out and shoot with this new knowledge. Any decent results will be posted in the photoblog.
For now-uh here is a bit of romance for you.