Thursday, October 6, 2011

iso & aperture & shutter speed... oh my!

Last month I finally took the plunge and clicked my DSLR onto 'M'(anual)! Thanks to Ashley Ann's AWESOME online SnapShop, I actually understand what each of those terms above mean! It is so enlightening!

Learning to shoot in manual is definitely like learning a foreign language. Yesterday Chloe asked me if it is hard to learn to drive a car, and I explained that it was really a just matter of mastering a combination of several components, and that with practice it eventually becomes second nature... I thought to myself that photography is very similar. Composition plus the right camera settings is a lot to master in the short window you have to point and shoot, trying to capture every day moments. But just like with any new skill, Ashley emphasizes the importance of practice, practice, PRACTICE!

I still have a long way to go, and of course I already have a lenses wish list. Here's a little peek at my first "practice" session since the SnapShop... so go easy on me. Who better to practice on than a very cooperative and cute newborn?!

After taking these on Saturday, Kayla regretted not being in any of the shots, so we threw together a last-minute family shoot on Sunday! Another day to snuggle my new niece? No argument. We arrived at this field with about ten minutes of sunlight left.

Stella says, "Who is the crazy lady with the camera in my face every day of my week-long life?"

10 comments:

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

awwwwwwww!!!!!!! how absolutely precious!!!! a beautiful baby -- a gorgeous family and wonderful photographs -- doesn't get much better than this! getting use to the new camera is very much like taking a trip to OZ!!!! enjoy and keep up the good work!!!!

Nancy said...

Adorable. Great pictures. Just beautiful. I love the use of the chalkboards.

Trish said...

you're such a good auntie!!! what a memory you gave them to cherish and treasure!

mel @ the larson lingo said...

Yeah! Good job! So proud of you for learning to use your camera :)

Tegan Aubrie | Twelve13 said...

Fun! Great job on the pictures!!!

Heather :: AFD Jewelry :: said...

The pictures came out great!! Love Stella's headband :)

One Crazy Mom said...

Nice pics. Beautiful baby. And I have your yellow chair's siblings! I found 3 of them on the side of the road a few months back and brought them home and painted them.

One Crazy Mom said...

Nice pics. Beautiful baby. And I have your yellow chair's siblings! I found 3 of them on the side of the road a few months back and brought them home and painted them.

Mindy Harris said...

you did an awesome job!!

The Humphries said...

That's the best time, the golden glow before sunset. Good job!