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Manual Mode :: Week 1

opryland hotel {2}+ (1/800) f/2.2 ISO 200

This was taken, yes- sorry, yet again, at the Opryland Hotel during the BlissDom convention. Seriously, if there is any way you can make it there next year, I highly recommend it. It was expensive, especially if you have to fly, but you do get SO much… meals, drinks, entertainment (we saw 4 well-know musicians within 10′ of the stage), education, “swag” (aka: free stuff, including jewelry, bags, key-chains, CD’s, … and the list goes on), and of course, my favorite part, the opportunity to meet and begin and continue relationships with amazing, inspiring women in real life.

Okay. Enough with the commercial.

Today is day 1 of 52. I hope you will find this project enlightening and inspiring as you journey with me in the growth of our camera prowess. I will try to give some educational cues as we go along, too, because I intend to be doing some reading and research and studying and stuff. So here’s my first suggestion: go read Darcy’s 31 Days to a Better Photo series at My3Boybarians. You can find it here. This series truly changed my understanding of manual photography, and I’ve been taking pictures for years. Be sure to say Hey! and Thanks! when you’re there, just because manners are nice. She’s doling out this stuff for free, and there’s no telling how much time she put into it. Darcy is awesome.

So here we go!

  • February 2, 2011 - 12:59 pm

    Amy Avery - OK Patty! I am on board for this and I am excited! I am linking to my cooking post today, 1. because I did shoot all the photos in complete manual mode both settings and focus, and 2. because this is my biggest challenge, photographing food. It’s tricky in indoor lighting to get food to look real in a photograph. The white balance is hard to get just right around food. I had been contemplating going through Darcy’s tutorial, and now you have inspired me to so it! I’m looking forward to these 52 days with you. Thanks so much for taking this project on and sharing it with all of us!

  • February 2, 2011 - 1:02 pm

    Jessica - I got my Nikon out, dusted it off and went to work…Yikes, I have a long way to go. I took probably 35 just to get one decent shot. It takes practice and it’s easy to forget what we’ve learned if we don’t keep it up, so be patient with me. 🙂

  • February 2, 2011 - 11:15 pm

    Manual mode link up — A Familiar Path - […] Patty is doing a manual mode linky because she wants to learn to shoot manual mode this year. It’s a worthy endeaver. If you’d like to participate, I encourage you to link up your photos over there. […]

  • February 3, 2011 - 12:36 am

    Cathy - Great shot, Patty. And the one from yesterday? L O V E !!! I have been such a wimp this winter with my camera. There is zero light (ok, i exaggerate) in Ohio in the winter so i’ve hardly snapped any at all. i’ll try…and even venture into the land of manual just for to link to you!

  • February 3, 2011 - 1:51 am

    Ruth - I’m so nervous to make the switch to Manual mode but now I’m feeling inspired! Tomorrow is the day I find my M.

  • February 3, 2011 - 1:52 am

    Ruth - I’m so nervous to make the switch to manual mode but now you’ve inspired me.

    Tomorrow is the day!

  • March 14, 2011 - 4:53 am

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  • March 16, 2011 - 8:45 am

    joco - Hiya,
    Does this include white balance changes?

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