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Your Camera

your camera

Your camera will be different to mine, although most DSLRs have many things in common. And all cameras have some similarities.

your camera

From the basic box brownie, right through to today, the camera’s fundamental purpose is to capture images. Until quite recently that took skill, patience, and many failures that cost in time and money to develop. Rolls of film wasted to get a single half decent shot. I remember it well, that fat packet of prints coming in the post only to find most were out of focus, or had fingers over the lens.

Then came the age of digital.


your camera

Suddenly it’s so much easier to take hundreds of pictures and you can examine each one and delete before you do anything else. The commercial availability of digital image manipulation software has meant that we can all be photographers if we wish.

But how many times do you look at someone else’s work and think, how did they do that?

The first thing you need to do is take the time to really get to know your camera. Find all the buttons and functions, work out what they do. Get comfortable flicking from one mode to the next. Be aware of the automatic modes available – they’re incredibly useful while you’re learning.

My advice for today is to use google, your camera’s user manual, any information source you find. Soak up as much knowledge as you can, and play, have fun, try out the things you discover.

As I work things out, or find something useful, I plan to share! Right now, I’m going back to basics and reminding myself what all the buttons do on my Nikon D3300.

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It’s all about learning

The weather is cold, mostly wet, grey, and I haven’t had the camera out properly in weeks. So, until the weather improves, it’s all about learning again.

Last night I took a book to bed, and started trying to make sense of it! It’s the Nikon D3300 for Dummies guide, and it’s not an easy read. There’s a wealth of information on every page, but it does seem to assume a certain amount of previous knowledge.

I do want to improve my photography. There are times when I want to capture an image but I don’t know how to go about it. So, this book has been sitting on the bookshelf for over a year, and it’s time I took a closer look into the pages!

it's all about learning

I am mostly happy with the majority of my images, and I’m loving the camera. But I know there is so much more I can do. So, it’s all about learning, again. It is vital in any hobby, any craft, in any part of life, to be constantly looking to improve.

My skills are improving, I have worked my way up to Champion status on GuruShots. You can also find a selection of my images on PicFair.

2018 is almost over, and 2019 will be what we make of it. I intend to make pictures, and possibly write stories. We shall see.

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