{your camera is not smart}

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Well, my friends.. I went to a photography workshop this past weekend. YAY! It was just a basic course, and since I already shoot in manual mode a lot of it was just review for me but still totally worth it! It solidified my foundation, and now I am excited to move forward and learn more.

2 things I did learn at the workshop..

1. Pan blur.. 
I have not perfected this art, but is sure is fun. I have a feeling I'm going to be making my kids run.. a lot..


2. Too many people expect their camera to do the work for them.
Well, I knew this before, but this workshop just magnified this point. It amazes me how many people own DSLR cameras and still shoot with it set on Program or Auto. If you are one who does that, you sure paid a lot of money for a point and shoot camera! Shooting on manual opens up the doors for creativity.. It allows us (the creative eye) to control what we capture rather than expecting the camera to guess the outcome we have in our minds. When I got my DSLR 5 months ago I was intimidated, I admit it! ISO, shutter speed, and aperture were foreign terms I had no concept of. I knew if I didn't take the time to figure them out that I would continue getting the same results I did with my old camera. I am not technically savvy at all. How did I learn? Reading photography blogs and PLAYING.. That is it. This course was the first amount of technical training I've received, and I went in already knowing most of the basics taught. So, my point? You can learn too! Without a class or instructor (although those are good too)! You will be so glad you did!

Good places to start..
31 days to a better photo
or
How to shoot in manual mode - The basics

Here are a few more shots from my photo play day..








and then, she {snapped}

14 comments:

  1. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing those links :-) It seems like all I do these days are read photography blogs and tutorials. I'm trying to ONLY take photos in manual. It's been a learning experience for sure haha.

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    1. That is what I did.. I forced myself to shoot only in manual, and I actually surprised myself how quickly I picked it up!
      Thanks Amira!

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  2. Your photos are beautiful! Loving your blog!!!!

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    1. Thank you so much Jill! It really means a lot to me!

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  3. Gorgeous! I'm still learning in manual. I went to a beginner photo class this weekend as well and just went over everything I have already learned reading blogs and just practicing. It was a good feeling to know I am on the right track. I'm SO far in where I want to be, but I'm getting there. I wish there was just a magic button that made all my pictures perfect and I always hate hearing "just practice", but it really is so true. Love your photos and blog! :)

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    1. A magic button would be great! I am far from where I'd like to be as well, but I'm getting there!
      Thanks Lindsay!

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  4. Thanks for sharing those links! I will have to check them out. Great pictures too.

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    1. Thank you so much Abby!

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  5. Beautiful photos! Well done! I love the depth of field in the first and the negative space in the second.

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  6. I'll admit, I'm really not good with using all teh manual settings on my DSLR...your post inspired me to play around a little bit more...thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. Your welcome! Keep trying It'll be worth it in the end!

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  7. beautiful!
    wow, i just love your blog. delightful. xo

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    1. Thanks so much Hannah!

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