06 October 2011

Step 2: Unpack Contents & Read Instructions...You Want Me to Put What Where?!?!

50mm, ISO 100, F/1.4, 1/4000
My package arrived a few days ago from B&H Photo and I can already tell I am in way over my head with this endeavor.  The camera manual is a cool 323 pages long and there are more menus, buttons, and knobs than you can shake a stick at.  Over the next week or two I am going to get more intimate with the settings on the camera, all the while refusing to use the "Automatic" setting.  My focus will be on understanding what happens in different conditions when adjusting the aperture, ISO, shutter speed, exposure compensation, etc.  I already have a list of the types of shots I will focus on for each blog post: Depth of Field (Bokeh), Bulb/Night, Sunset/Sunrise, Light Painting, Movement, Macro, Low Light, Portal.  I'm sure more will come up, but I think the list will be quite an undertaking considering my complete lack of knowledge.  Keep in mind that these photos will not be processed through Photoshop and will basically be fresh from the camera.

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