Using a Digital SLR Camera …

June 7, 2010

Using a Digital SLR Camera is A LOT harder than it seems. At first, I thought there would be an easy transition from the point and shoot world over to the dSLR world, but boy was I wrong. Sure, I could easily set the camera to be full AUTO, but where's the fun in that? 

One of my main learning issues right now is the autofocus system on my Nikon D5000. It's good, but sometimes the camera chooses the wrong subject (the corner of the blanket instead of my son's eyes).  By default, I believe the camera chooses the closest target but I will be playing around with using the spot focusing modes and the recompose later. I ran across this technique in Jeff Revell's book – Nikon D5000: From Snap Shots to Great Shots

Additionally, I'm trying to become more familiar with the "golden triangle" of photography, that is the relationship between aperture, ISO speed and shutter speed.  Since getting the camera a couple of weeks ago, I've already snapped 500 or so photos with less than a handful being "keepers".  The whole depth of field and aperture settings is a great feature, but at the same time can really ruin a shot if not set/used correctly.

As it is often said: "With great power, comes great responsibility …", responsibility in getting a photo to turn out nicely.  After all, I can't blame the camera, it's all me, baby. I can't wait to see how deep the rabbit hole goes.

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