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Manual Mode

I have a confession!

I’ve owned my DSLR since 2005, and it wasn’t until this year — 10 whopping years later — that I really started learning how to use the manual mode.  I know.  It’s so embarrassing.

There were definitely a handful of times where I read about how to use the manual mode and attempted it.  However, I eventually gave up and went back to a preset or automatic.  I just had so much fear of missing that “Kodak moment” because I would be too busy getting the settings right.  I mean, I had no clue what I was doing.  Now, I’m determined to learn and get better.  I’m serious.  No, really, I am.

I’m going to start sharing this little journey on here as well.  Maybe someone else who needs a little inspiration to learn manual mode can find it here.  Maybe someone else can also commiserate with me as I share struggles I run into.  Maybe someone will be in awe of my growth and be inspired to pick up their camera.  I have no idea.

My husband always told me I had a great eye for photography; I just never gave myself enough credit.  Most of the time, the reason I don’t give myself that credit is because I’ve seen great work and know my work is nowhere near it.  Granted, I’ve never really invested myself into it as much as these other people that I’m comparing myself to do.  So, here I am.  Time to invest myself in this.

I started shooting in manual mode this year to take pictures of my son.  I knew I could produce more beautiful pictures this way.  I wish I had worked on this hobby prior to his birth, but it’s better late than never.  I’ve been fortunate to have some friends trust me enough to let me take photos of them and their families, so that has really helped me figure out what I like and what I don’t like as well as what I can do better.  However, having a photo session every few weeks just doesn’t feel like it’s getting me comfortable enough with my camera.  By the time I prep for the next session, I’ve already forgotten a few things from the last.  That said, to help me improve, I’m doing a 30-day photo challenge where I’ll be bringing my camera everywhere and sharing 1 photo each day that just captures a moment.  It will really be a challenge, but I know it’ll be worth it.

I’m going to start 30 days out from my son’s birthday, so it’ll be like a little countdown.  Other than that, I’ll also share photos from my sessions while sharing what I learned and any struggles I faced from that day.  You’ll find a photography shortcut up top.

This post ended up being much longer that I thought it would be, but regardless, hope it was somewhat interesting and/or enjoyable.  Have a great weekend!

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