Photography – Take your Camera off Auto

I’ve been lazy lately and simply switching my camera to auto instead of manual. I don’t know why I started, but my photos have suffered for it. As I was browsing through my recent pictures, feeling very discouraged, I vowed to avoid auto from now on.  My photos are all slightly blurry, and the camera always seems to focus on something other than my subject (you can really see this in my last post).

To brush up on my camera settings, I visited my very favorite camera tutorial, Exposure Made Easy, at I’ve read a lot of books and articles, and watched several videos on photography, but nothing ever made sense the way this tutorial did. I really recommend it.

Ellie and I ventured out to see if I could remember how to take a decent photo. I’m happy with the way they turned out! I tweaked the color a bit with Perfect Effect, but nothing major. The important thing, to me anyway, is the focus is pretty sharp. You can fix color and contrast, but you can’t take a blurry photo and gussy it up to make it pretty. You just can’t.

Ellie Girl f/4.5 1/800 s iso 200
Ellie Girl
1/800 s
iso 200
Aperture: f/5 Iso: 180 Exposure: 1/800 sec.
Tired Puppy Aperture: f/5
Iso: 180
Exposure: 1/800 sec.

Go take some pictures!



2 thoughts on “Photography – Take your Camera off Auto”

    1. Thank you! It’s so easy to just snap away, isn’t it? Sometimes I have trouble setting everything up–it’s a bit hard to see how the pictures look on the screen in bright daylight. But even if they are a little over/under exposed, they seem to turn out better than they do when I have the camera set to auto.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s