This is it. The Rosetta Stone. These are the instructions to get yourself off of Automatic mode. The purpose of this article is to give you a starting point for taking your camera off of Automatic, and getting you on your way to taking purposeful, artful pictures. You can’t do this on Automatic; you must take control of your camera. The good news is it is not difficult and if you use my approach, you will have a base for learning and framework to approach most situations.
Every day, I get asked, “How do you do it? How do you get such inspirational results with just that blunt instrument called a camera?” Well!!!! Ahemm…First I… Then I… well awright……., nobody ever asked me that. But if they did, I would tell them……. it’s all in the beer!!!
Well for a screaming amateur like me, talking about art is a bit of a stretch. Heck talking about photography is a stretch for me too but after a few beers, I’ll talk about anything. Ok, now that I have a few Pilsner Urquells in me, let’s talk about taking pictures and making art. The secrets of Depth of Field.
Now this was just stupid. I risked over 6 grand in equipment to take a dopey macro picture of a moth.
You don’t need to buy an expensive macro lens to do macro photography, you just need an extension tube.
I braved poopy rocks, salt spray on my mega-buck equipment, and the possibility of a broken leg to get these snaps of a buncha dumb birds. Actually they were kinda cute and just maybe a little dumb.
Click here to see the birds, decorated rocks, and pick up a few basic shooting tips.
I wanted to photograph these buggers ever since I put up the finch feeder but you just can’t get close to them. So I snapped these by controlling the camera remotely from my computer via a long USB cable. Complete camera control with a mouse. This is called “Tethered Shooting” and it is easy. And if you own a Canon camera, it is free!