Using your camera in manual mode
I recently purchased a full frame camera so I could take awesome pictures for my blog. When I got the camera I knew there would be a learning curve since I had never had a camera of this capacity before. It definitely took some time to learn all of the buttons but it wasn’t really as hard as I expected. I knew if I was spending the extra money for a DSLR, I didn’t want to use it in auto. A wise person once said using a DSLR in auto is like having a really expensive point and shoot. Today I would like to share with you how I have learned to use my Nikon D610, in hopes it will help you to flip that button to M on your camera! Trust me you got this, if I can do it so can you! Before my Nikon I had only used point and shoots and my iPhone. So if you are ready grab your camera and lets go!
(Disclaimer: I am far from a professional this is simply what I have learned so far on my journey of photography)
Read The Manual
The Most important information I can give you is to read your manual from cover to cover. This will give you a sense of all the buttons and what their functions are. Once you have read the manual and you understand the buttons, start taking pictures, basically play around with the buttons. Take pictures of a any inanimate object.. I used tomatoes! Play around with the Shutter speed, ISO, and aperture. Also Learn how all of those work together! The picture below was one of the first ones I took with my camera in manual. Not great I know.. it gets better! I have found that the best picture come from natural light. Our house is pretty bright and since we live in Hawaii I usually always have plenty of natural light. So if you can try to find the best spot inside or outside of your house for natural light.
The Three pillars of Photography
The three factors, or pillars, of photography are ISO, Aperture, and Shutter speed. Below I will go into small detail about each of them.
ISO measures the sensitivity of the image sensor; the lower the number the less sensitive your camera is to light. So if you are shooting in lots of light you will want to have a lower number, if it is a cloudy day or you are indoors you will want a higher number. How I learned was simply by taking pictures and seeing what worked. If it was to dark or to bright I adjusted the numbers as I needed. Once you start playing around with the buttons and the number, you will have a better understanding of what I am talking about here.
Aperture, also known as F/stops, is the diameter of the objective lens. So if you are wanting a nice blurry background for a portrait shot you will want a lower aperture number. If you are shooting a large group or landscape you will want a higher number. Apeture is the easier of three to figure out and the first step to taking better pictures.
Shutter speed or exposure time is the length of time the digital sensor is exposed to light. When adjusting shutter speed you will need to ask yourself if you are trying to show motion or freeze motion. This is a great blog post about shutter speed, check it out for in depth look at shutter speed.
After knowing how to use the manual settings
Below is a flat lay I took a few days ago and though it isn’t perfect it is certainly better than the previous picture. So once you learn the three pillars of photography you will be able to take noticeably better pictures every time you pick up your camera.
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