Monday, February 14, 2011
So, learn to shoot manually!
First and foremost, read your camera's user manual. Seriously, do it. You will be a genius once you do. (even if it's a point-and-shoot.)
Then, go read up about aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, exposure. . . and any other unfamiliar word you don't recognize. Go to Google, Wikipedia, forums, and blogs. Go to the library, check out a few books. You could also take a class at your local community college or camera store, or take an online class or sign up for a workshop. Nicole's Classes is a fantastic choice...years ago I was one of her first students!
After that, just practice like crazy.
If I take a good picture I credit it to three things: the lens, the light, and shooting in manual mode. My camera dial never leaves m. It's the only way to get the exposure you really want.