Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Tip Tuesday #1

By popular request, I am starting a new weekly post called Tip Tuesday. The purpose is to help us all become better photographers even if it's only for personal use! I hope these are helpful and if you have a question or something you would like to see covered on Tip Tuesday just submit a comment and I will do my best to help!

Tip #1

This may be a very basic tip but I feel it is the MOST important!!!! GET TO KNOW YOUR CAMERA! You don't have to take it on a date or buy it expensive wine but you do have to read the manual that comes in the box!! Don't panic if you don't know where your manual is because most manufacturers also have them available on line for you to view! All you need is your cameras make and model.

Even point and shoot cameras can be made to do some wonderful things if you just read the manual and get to know all the menus and buttons and each function. Reading the manual and then playing with the settings can teach you a lot about not only your camera but also what you prefer. You know the old saying "beauty is in the eye of the beholder", it holds true to photography also! I don't like every photograph I see, nor does everyone like my photographs and that is OK!

The photographs today were all taken with my sons new Nikon Coolpix (a point and shoot) during the Christmas day shoot at the lake! I am sharing these with you so you know that a good point and shoot can do what you want it to do! The top one is what my son calls a "My Space" self portrait and yes I have a new, funky doo! The second photo is me taking a photo of Zach while he takes a photo of me! Just another fun shot! Third, are bubbles trapped under the ice and the final shot is the tree tops from the ground! No really, I was laying on the ground but that is a tip for another day.

My charge to you is to get out and take lots of photos with your new found knowledge of your camera! By the way, in case you are wondering where Sadie was in all this photo fun, she was in the house, by the fire with Daddy!


Lin said...

Good tip--now if I can only find my book.........

I liked the DVD's that came with my D60 too, they were "quick helps" with demos to get you to delve deeper into the settings. I'm just now trying all of them while I'm stuck in the house with cabin fever.

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Unknown said...

What a great tip! I learned something new about my camera the other day when I was complaining about something to my teenager. Of course she was like just push that... pointing with the "oh my gosh!" teenager look. LOL. I am going to look at my manual because I really would like to take better pictures.

I love these pictures. I want to take stuff like this! And your new do is absolutely fabulous!

A. said...

Only last night when I was trying to get a picture of the moon - new moon behind the trees - I thought to myself, I really ought to find out how to do this properly. I'm really quite new to photography but I'm totally hooked now.

Soulsearcher said...

My husband bought me a camera that I really liked to use and knew well, but then I accidentally left it in the ladies room while at an event. Of course, it was gone when I got back. He replaced it with another one that I never felt comfortable with and didn't take time to read the manual. Now after sitting dormant I fear it's probably useless in its dated-ness. So your tip is a wise one--once you get to know your camera it will serve you well, even if maybe it isn't your first choice of models.

Thanks for the tips. I like your new look(s)--both hair and blog makeovers.


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