the beach in manual

I started taking an 8 week photography course in Mid-May and it’s wrapping up now (we’re having a final show this Sunday!). My goal with the course was to learn how to use manual mode on my camera. I wanted less of the bells and whistles on my camera to be a mystery and I wanted to become more adept with my camera in general. I think I will ALWAYS want to be more adept at using my camera!

And…mission accomplished!

I now know how to use manual mode and I’ve been using manual mode exclusively for over a month. Before we left for the beach, I would switch it back to AV (a more automatic mode) from time to time. I kept forgetting I was in manual at events like Andrew’s birthday party…and then I’d realize 20 shots in that everything is incredibly underexposed because I wasn’t paying attention. So, I’d switch it to AV so I could just get some photos while still enjoying the party.

When we left for the beach I told myself I would stay in manual the whole time. The beauty of beach week is that everyday there are GREAT photo opportunities. If I’m underexposing one day, I have other days to practice. It’s not like our weekend adventures where I have two hours to snap and I want to walk away with something I like. Beach week is slower paced (for me), yet action packed (for my kids). The perfect combination to take my time and really sink into manual mode.

It’s such a great feeling to have removed some of the mystery. I feel like I have MUCH more control over what I am doing now because I just understand the whole thing better.

Next to figure out? A new process to upload photos to my blog. My current system has TOO many steps and a lot of the detail got lost in this upload! I can’t have that! I want you to see every grain of sand!

Hopefully you saw enough to get the idea. ;)

Email this post Email this post


About robyn

I stopped teaching Kindergarten in 2005 to become the mom of two crazy boys here in Brooklyn. At first I thought being a stay at home mom meant that I needed to pour all my time and energy directly into my sons, but I realized somewhere along the way that being a rockstar mom meant not only taking good care of my boys, but also taking good care of myself. And taking good care of myself means pursuing something creative...just about everyday. I started Made In Brooklyn to motivate myself in my creative goals as well as share my work with others and perhaps inspire them in their own creative journeys.
This entry was posted in photography. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to the beach in manual

  1. Debs14 says:

    I’d say you’ve well and truly mastered manual! Great photos. I love the positioning of the kids in front of the ‘watch your children’ sign! So much pure blue in these pictures – beautiful.

Comments are closed.