Saturday, 14 February 2009

Taking Manual Control Over Your Digital Camera

When a camera is fully automated the computer is asked to control a number of extremely important tasks. It uses a combination of pre-installed data and real-time tests to generate an educated guess as how your photograph ought to be shot.

For people who don’t care about learning how to use their camera, they accept these educated guesses as the best the camera can do, and if they want a better quality picture, they have to buy a better quality camera.

This belief is, for the most part, untrue. While I do believe that a higher quality camera can produce higher quality results, I believe that any camera is capable of shooting a good picture as long as you can take control over how the photo is taken.

So, I’m going to make a statement that sounds simple, but really is something you need to believe if you want to improve your photographic skills:

You are smarter than your camera.

I read this great post by Bryan Larsen over at Digital Potography School today. Check it out if you are ready to leave automatic and rev into fifth gear!

Happy Valentines Day!


Laurie Bearce said...

Julie! Bless you my friend! Last night Jay & I were talking about me taking a photography class (but we can't afford it) so when I read your post I went over to the site you mentioned and eureka! Thanks so much for posting this! I'm off to learn some stuff!
Oh, and by the way, though it's tempting to want a new camera with all the fancy lenses I don't even klnow how to get the full potential out of the one I have yet. :) So, after reading this article..I'll press on..CONTENT!
Love you.

Mitchell said...

Very informative post!! Thanks for sharing useful information about digital camera!!