photography : shooting on manual for beginners
Most photography guides are overtly technical with rarely any reference to intuition or emotion. But what is a good photo if it doesn’t make you feel something?
I understand the dilemma when it comes to switching from automatic to manual on your DSLR. I’ve been there; I get it. And for someone like me, who shies away from the technical at every opportunity, it took me a good, long while (and much persistence from Daniel) till I finally took the leap. Why?
I was scared of missing the moment. I was worried that I would sacrifice the photo opportunity because I was too busy fumbling with my settings. From what I can gather, this is a common fear and whilst I might be generalising, I think it’s probably the major obstacle in most people’s photography journey.
But guess what? You’re going to miss moments. Every day. For as long as you’re taking photos. It’s part and parcel of the experience – there’s no getting around it.
So the very first step to becoming a manual photographer is to let go of fear and accept that many, many precious moments won’t be caught on camera. And that’s ok.
Next week I’ll run you through the three basic settings on manual – ISO, aperture and shutter speed.