I'm going to take you back--way back--to before this little nugget was born:
In fact, in the point I'm taking you to, he really was a little nugget . . . I believe I was just a few weeks pregnant with a baby the size of, like, a pinto bean when I decided that I needed to have great photos of the soon-to-be nugget as he grew up.
So I treated myself to this little nugget:
Oooooh, welcome to the family, First Child!
And I thought to myself as I got out my wallet, "9 months is a really long time! I'll learn this camera inside and out, and by the time he's born, I'll practically be a professional photographer!" And then my hormone-riddled mind would swim with images of the perfect blue-eyed baby boy (check!), his life perfectly documented in crisp, artistic, frame-worthy photos.
ERRRRNT! Wrong! Flash forward 18 months and although I have the pretty baby, I still have no idea how to do much of anything with this camera. A year and a half I've owned it, and it still lives on Auto mode. It kind of makes me depressed to think that I bought this amazing camera that is living out its existence with me instead of someone who will give it the chance to shine.
So while I occasionally get lucky on Auto and end up with a picture like this:
I end up taking duds like this one far more often:
And I'm brought back to reality: my fancy camera did not magically transform me into an artsy photographer. But every time I start to try and learn, I get overwhelmed and give up--aperture? Shutter speed? F-stop? No, you stop.
I really do want to learn how to use this camera to its full potential, and I'd love your help and suggestions. For those of you who take gorgeous photos (you know who you are--I've seen your blogs!), how did you get there? What helped you to learn? (And please don't say reading the manual. That thing might as well be written in Chinese.) Anyone else out there want to try and learn how to use their fancy camera, too?
I'm hoping that by writing about it here, I'll feel committed to actually stick with it this time around and really learn something instead of giving up in despair and switching back to Auto. So feel free to offer your suggestions, point me in the right direction, and occasionally harass me to make sure I follow through. Mild, friendly harassment only, please.