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Your Comfort Zone Is Hurting Your Photography

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It is really easy to get comfortable with your photography style. Our natural desire as human beings is to find comfort. Once we feel that we are capturing decent photos, we start to learn less. One of the most common statements made through the Ditch Auto – Start Shooting in Manual survey is that the course helped the student get out of their comfort zone. I am going to be the first to admit to this cardinal sin of getting too comfortable. It happens after you start to get photography work as a professional. You start to get busy and there just isn’t time left to learn new techniques when you know what’s “tried and true” works for you. On top of that, you are busy editing photos and doing other work that has become part of your process of being a photographer. My problem was that I jumped in too fast. My first year as a professional photographer was only my second year with a DSLR camera. I shot my first wedding within one year of owning my first DSLR. I was either that confident or that dumb. I was probably somewhere in between. At that time, I did the work to learn. I read books, went to workshops, watched Youtube videos, and I read blogs. This was 2005 so there was much less content than there is today. Photographing professionally for others will make you learn really fast. You can’t make mistakes, especially at weddings. You have to get it right the first time. …

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The 7 Habits Of Photographers That Shoot In Manual

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How many times have you found yourself wondering why two images taken seconds apart appear different? You get back to your computer to view your images only to find that your images lack consistency. Hours later you have your images edited and ready to share with the world. A Photographer that has mastered the manual settings of their camera has taken control of their camera which results in consistency across the images in their set. Imagine photographing a wedding. During the ceremony, you take about 200 photos. As you review those pictures, you notice the color tones are different on the skin of your Bride and Groom throughout your 200 photos. You might also notice that some photos are darker while others are brighter. Frustrated, you settle into your chair and begin editing in an attempt to normalize all of the photos into some happy medium. The Photographer who shoots in manual mode views light in a different way as they look through their camera’s viewfinder. As the photographer looks at the scene to be captured there is attention given to the direction of light and how it falls on the point-of-interest. While there are many different ways a photographer can use manual settings, the most successful often rely on a set of habits they have learned through practice and is why they can capture consistently beautiful shots almost every time they press the shutter. You can certainly get good photos using Auto Mode on your camera, but the true quality and consistency come only from …