a photography post

I am not even going to pretend to be a photography teacher.
I know what I know because I taught myself.
I haven't read any books or even a portion of my cameras manual.

You're either rolling your eyes or whispering wow,
not sure which response is better. {grin}

What I do know is how to use my shutter, aperture & ISO settings
...to create the image I want.

Here are 2 photographs
taken in the same place, same time,
same lens, same aperture, same ISO,
but different shutter.

These photographs were taken split seconds apart
...while we were driving by.

I had my camera set on manual
...all I did was quickly change the shutter in between.

{above: 24mm 1/800s f/2.8 ISO500}
slow shutter = more light

{below: 24mm 1/6000s f2.8 ISO500}
fast shutter = less light

By changing my shutter {quite a bit}
I drastically changed these photographs

In my eyes one is very dreamy and soft
and the other is sharp and dramatic.
Both equally beautiful.

For me, this is one of the biggest advantages to shooting in manual.
You have so much control at your fingertips.

Then all you have to do is practice, practice, practice
until you can do it without thinking.


  1. Thanks for share, I love your pictures.

  2. Some of the best photographers are self taught. Photography is just one of those talents that isn't always about what you learned from a book, but rather the experiences you have, the passion you gain and the artistic eye that lets you see what others don't. Your pictures are stunning, and I enjoy your work. :)

  3. My trouble with trying to shoot in manuel is what is your starting point to begin your settings on.  Aperture is confusing for me! Any advise!

  4. I'm the one whispering WOW. :)  I wish you'd do more posts like this, Britt....you know, in your free time. (HA!) I am trying to teach myself as well, and I have the book and everything--but having the time to sit and read it is another thing! I love love love your photography posts. Keep 'em coming!

  5. Melanie Van Wynsberg12/11/11, 9:13 PM

    Neat! What kind of camera do you use? I have a Canon 30d, but an thinking about trying Nikon. I thought I read sometime awhile ago that you use Nikon? :)


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