This post is directed at you bloggers/non-bloggers/budding wannabe photographers/non-wannabe photographers just people who just want to learn how to take better pictures with your DSLR camera or people who own a DSLR camera but don’t know how to use it. Raise your hand if that’s you.
Well guess what, that last one was me two years ago too! I had owned a Nikon DSLR camera for a few years but didn’t know how to use it other than setting it on the automatic functions (seen below) and I lived in the automatic zone pretty happily for several years.
Then I became one of those ‘I just want to learn how to change the settings myself’ people because I wanted to be better at taking interior shots or project images for my personal life and also for the blog. I read my manual and there was that one fateful day switched my camera to “M” – it was there I applied what I learned and taught myself a few things about shooting better interior photos and it’s true, there was a “lightbulb moment” and I’ve been shooting in manual mode ever since.
Good news! Even better than your wordy manual, there is an easily digestible and understandable source of information about shooting in manual mode that anyone can absorb and understand, whether you own a Canon or Nikon. Do you want that “lightbulb moment” too? Do you want to push your photography to the next level? Do you want to finally learn to shoot in manual mode? Yes? Yes? Amen!
If you’re familiar with The Lettered Cottage then you know Kevin and Josh have launched Shoot Fly Shoot, an online tutorial site dedicated to breaking down the concepts of shooting in manual mode into digestible videos per topic (aperture, ISO, shutter speed, lenses, etc). Together in their everyday voices, they coach you through the basics from how to change the aperture, how to adjust the shutter speed, and how to set the ISO, etc. If you spend the time to watch them do it, you can do it too, promise!
Want to take better interior shots? Learn why you need to dial up the numerical aperture setting for greater depth of field, and why using a tripod allows you to dial down the shutter speed to better capture interiors.
Here’s Kevin changing the aperture and shutter speed for you – coaching viewers on the better settings for shooting interiors.
Want to shoot landscape or outdoor scenes? Learn how to quickly change the shutter speed to capture outdoor settings in filtered sunlight.