The Learn List: Breaking Up with Auto Mode

Learn List

I am what you would call a bad photographer, & I’m not afraid to admit it. Sure I may occasionally take a good picture, but I toss that up to a little luck & my good friend “auto mode”. And while I have no desire whatsoever to become a professional photographer, I would love to be able to take better pictures that require little-to-no editing & take advantage of all the goodies my DSLR possesses.

My Photography Past

Do you remember those old, purple & teal Vivatar cameras that used 110mm film? Well that’s where my first photography memories began. Film full of horribly fuzzy or overexposed pictures. Of course that didn’t stop me from taking it with me every year to camps & field trips, wasting many packages of film with few decent memories recorded. And it wasn’t until high school that I upgraded to a 33mm film camera, thanks to a hand-me-down from my aunt. Pictures started to become a little less fuzzy as I got older, but still nothing to hang in a gallery.

I’ve upgraded from film to digital, with my awesome DSLR I bought off a photographer friend, but still lacking the skills to take it off of auto mode & use the camera to its’ full potential. Don’t believe me? Check out a few pictures I took this week, with no editing & good ol’ auto mode:

Light on Patio

Old Shoes

Watermelon Growing

My “auto mode” photography has improved over the years, but I want so much more out of it. I want gorgeous product pictures for Momma Bear’s shop & my future shop. I want beautiful keepsakes to remember all the amazing times with our loving family. Plus I just want to quench that knowledge thirst & learn something new this month.

Learn List Goals

So what exactly do I want to learn this month? Let’s be realistic here, I won’t go from camera n00b to a master behind the lens. But there are a few things I want to accomplish this month with a little help from the gurus:

  1. To understand how to effectively use the manual modes of my DSLR.
  2. To take better pictures that don’t require photo editing to make them beautiful.

I’m not really expecting a lot in 30 days, but would love to see a vast improvement in the quality of my everyday pictures. So I guess it’s time to hit the books, manuals & videos!

If you’re in the same photography mode as me, why not join along & share your journey? I’d love to see your progress & share it with everyone else. Who knows, maybe we could do a little link-up at the end of the month to share our lessons learned!

What is your biggest photography struggle?

Are you an “auto mode junkie” or a “manual master”?


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