And guys, I’m really not sure!
I have been into taking photos for a while now, maybe since 2008. I am not brilliant but I can take a ‘nice’ photo. For this reason, my family gifted me a DSLR not long ago.
That is when it occured to me that all these years, I have been taking photos on auto-mode! I haven’t got a clue what to do on manual mode- at all!
So, after much convincing from some family members and a genuine interest in using my posh camera that was starting to gather dust- I signed up to a Digital Photography Course.
Lesson #1 was alright, mostly theory. I took four pages worth of notes and when I read them back- I genuinely understood nothing. I am sick of hearing the words; aperture, shutter speed and ISO.
Regardless of what everyone says and what video tutorials are telling me, I just do not know how to adjust them to take a photo and my teacher gave us homework!
I spent the whole afternoon trying to take photos on manual mode and was nearly in tears by the end of it. I have never been more frustrated with the camera in my life. My hobby was starting to feel like a chore! All my photos were coming out black / blurry or out of focus.
In the end, I went to auto-mode and observed what ISO, speed shutter and aperture were being used and copied it on manual which I am sure defies the objective of the assignment but I was getting no where trying on my own.
I am so close to not wanting to go to my next class. My teacher’s parting words were, “if your photo is shit I will tell you it’s shit.” Even if he was joking, I am not feeling great about going back.
Argh! Frustration guys! Hope your weekend is not as frustrating as mine 😧