5 Reasons Why Shooting In Manual Mode Will Get You To Portrait-Like Photos Instead of Those So-So Pictures
To me, there is a difference between making “photos” and taking “pictures”. Anyone can take pictures with point-and-shoot cameras or DSLR cameras set on auto. To create amazing portrait-like photos, you want to set your camera on manual.
think about this . . .
your camera takes pictures but you create photos
When you set your camera to manual mode, you are the one creating the photo. You set all the features to what you want your scene to look like. But when you keep it in auto mode, your camera decides what the settings should be.
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I have also used point-and-shoot cameras and had my camera set in auto mode, over the years. The pictures that were produced with these cameras were not too bad. But looking back and knowing what I know now, I wish I could go back in time and kick myself in the butt. Lol!! Shame on me. I found so many things wrong. The perfectionist in me. Lol !!
The pictures that I produced with these cameras were dark and just plain flat. Either not enough light or too much light. So, then I craved to learn all there was to create portrait-like photos. And I went out and took my subjects (my brave kids – lol) and practiced ’til they hated me. Lol. Well, not really but I drove them nuts. Still do once in a while.
I want to show you that it is not hard at all and it’s the way you want to go. You are probably expecting your firstborn child or perhaps you are going to become new grandparents and you want to take memory-making portrait-like photographs. You probably are a pet-lover and you just got a new dog or cat and you want to take photos of it to mount on your walls. Perhaps you just retired and you now want to travel the world and capture amazing memories to last a lifetime.
You can capture all these moments and I can show you how to avoid producing those “so-so” pictures. For now, you just have to remember to have:
PATIENCE AND PRACTICE
My Photography history
I have had a passion for photography since I was about 11 or 12 years old when I was gifted with my very first pocket camera. My passion grew over the years as did my collection of cameras.
I will never go on any road trip or vacation (short or long) without my camera. We go away for the weekend, my camera comes with me. Speaking of road trips, check out my latest article on “Essentials To Take On Your Next Road Trip”
We recently went to a wedding out of town. It was 4 hours away and I wasn’t even the photographer. I still brought my camera.
why you should use all the camera’s features
You probably finally splurged on getting a real quality camera but are struggling with how to use its features? You can use the auto mode but it’s still like using your point-and-shoot camera or even your cell phone. They take great pictures but YOU are not creating the photos, your camera is producing them. When you use the manual mode setting, YOU are the boss, YOU are the artist creating portrait-like photos.
Take, for example, the photo I took above at my nephew’s wedding. This is “SOOC” (straight-out-of-camera). A term you should get used to when you begin to shoot in manual. It was during the time of day when the sun was still high which I had to take that into consideration when I fixed my settings.
In the beginning, when I would see how bright it is outside, I would panic and freak out. But, when you have the knowledge of where all the appropriate settings should be, you can achieve awesome-looking photos. All you need is patience. And you need to do 3 more things:
practice, practice, practice
You need to have patience. Take it from me. If you love the art of photography or you want to be a better photographer, the knowledge will come. Whether it’s for your new and growing family or maybe you want to get into the business. If you are patient and willing to learn, you will do it.