Earlier this week I had a discussion (in the comments section of her post) with a new blogging friend about taking great photos and becoming more comfortable with shooting in manual mode. It got me thinking about the topic, so I thought I’d share some of the resources that have helped me learn the ins and outs of my camera and get out of auto.
THE CAMERA MANUAL
The first and most important piece of equipment is your camera’s manual. In it, you’ll find out about all of your automatic settings, how to usem, when to use them, and what they’ll actually do for you.
31 DAYS TO BETTER PHOTOGRAPHY
Probably the single most helpful and easy to understand tutorial I’ve found on the internet is a FREE series put together by a photographer named Darcy. It is a 31 day blog series on everything you NEED to know about using a camera and taking full control of your settings. You can find it by clicking here.
Darcy begins by explaining the correlation between ISO, aperture, and shutter speed, and how each of these elements affects light or motion in a photograph. At the end of many of the daily posts, you are left with a fun and easy photo assignment related to the lesson learned in that post. I recommend it to everyone, and you can find it here. I still can’t believe that this series is free.
Here is an example of how I learned the effect that shutter speed had on the amount of light hitting the sensor:
FRO KNOWS PHOTO (froknowsphoto.com)
Another mind-blowing Angel of the internet is Jared Polin, aka The Fro. He set out to change the way photography is taught and shared on the internet, and in my opinion, he has nailed it. With literally thousands of YouTube videos, a free guide to shooting in low light situations (that you receive when you sign up for his mailing list), and two paid tutorial videos (getting out of auto and fro flash guide for beginners), Fro has carved out a cool corner of the internet that helps regular people like me become better photographers.
B&H EVENT SPACE (YouTube Channel)
Again, thousands of presentations on every photography related topic you can think of, presented by experts in the photography business. There are too many favorites to list here, so I’ll do some follow-up posts on some of my favorite presentations. For now, you can access the amazing goodness that is the B&H Event Space here.
Whether you’re a beginner hobbyist or a thirty year veteran in the business, you’re sure to find some value in these amazing resources.
I’d love to hear about some other great resources out there. How did you learn how to take better photos? Who have you turned to for the most amazing photography tips?