Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What Is It Wednesday- Week 4

Last week I had explained a little bit about the Information button.
On some cameras, while viewing your pictures, you can press that button and the information about that image will show up.
I want to talk about four things that are normally on you LCD when you are shooting.
You can press the Information button and change the following things by using your arrows and "OK" button:

~Flash mode-which I showed a much easier and faster way of doing this here. If you wanted to do it this way instead, just choose the flash icon on your screen and different options will show up that you can choose from.  As I said before, these will be different depending on the mode you are shooting in.

~Quality and size of your image.  This is totally up to the way you want your images.  I have always shot in Fine.  I tried Raw a couple months ago, but let's just say..... that didn't quite go over too well.
I also have the size of my images on Medium.  The amount of images on your memory card will vary with the size of your images.  For example, I have 550 pictures on my card right now.  I have my size set to Medium and I have 5.3k pictures left that I can take.  If I set it to Large, I  would have 3.0k left and on Small, I would have 11.7k.  So, it is all up to you.

~ISO- I explained a little bit about this in this post. Also, something that I have learned is that you cannot control your ISO in Auto or No Flash modes.

~Release Mode.  You may see a little rectangle with the letter 's' in it.  This stands for single frame.  If you see a couple of rectangles together, this would be continuous.  You could take multiple shots really quick with this one.  Another one is self-timer.  The last would be a remote.  By the way, I was able to buy a remote for my camera with my Christmas money.  It's so helpful!

You may also see "AF or MF"  This stands for Auto Focus and Manual Focus.
This is what we will be talking about next week as their is a lot to discuss!  So, be sure to come back!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What Is It Wednesday- Week 3

This week, I wanted to talk about the Information button.
Have you ever wondered how to change your ISO, the amount of frames, etc that are on your LCD(or your screen)
You get to it by pressing your Information button.
This is located in different areas depending on the camera.
Here is a picture of it on the Nikon D60.

You actually press the magnifying glass with the plus on it, which doubles as the information button.
On my Nikon D5100, it's a button that has the little 'i' on it. 
A different camera might have the word 'info' on it instead.

Next week we will talk about some of the things that you can change by using your information button.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What Is It Wednesday- Week 2

Last week I talked about the Command Dial.  We learned that you use it to control four things.
Well, this week we are going to learn about one of those things.  And that is changing the flash mode.
You might have noticed a button on the side of your DSLR that looks like this:

This is your flash button.  
Also, my Nikon has a self-timer button below it.

To change your flash, press and hold your flash button. 
Look on your screen and you will see a highlighted feature that looks just like the flash button.
When you move your command dial, you will notice that they change.
Your flash modes can vary between Auto, Reducing Red Eye, Slow, Rear or Off. The flash mode options will be different depending on the setting (Manual, Sport, Portrait, etc.) that you are shooting in.
Come by next week to see my next What Is It!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

What Is It Wednesday- Week 1

Have you gotten your DSLR and looked at it and said to yourself, "There are so many buttons on here!  What in the world are they?"  Then you feel like it would take FOREVER to remember what they are and where they are.  
That is exactly how I felt.  
Then I started looking at a book.
When we got the Nikon D60, it came with a book.
I thumbed through it, and it was a lot of reading.  It was the same overwhelming feeling that I had when I saw all the buttons.  
But I took it one step at a time.  

This book by J. Dennis Thomas is what helped me learn about my camera!
I now have a Nikon D5100.  When I got it, I already knew where a lot of things were thanks to this book!
So now I want to tell you guys about it!

I am going to take 5 weeks and tell you 5 different things about your camera that will help you so much!
So, let's get started!
For this first week, we are going to talk about the command dial.
Your command dial  can be in a different location, but mine is on the top right of the camera.
Here is some pictures of mine on my camera, so if yours is at a different spot, you know what it looks like.

You may already have noticed that you can spin this around.

Hahaha!  When I first did this I thought maybe I messed something up in a way.
Actually, you can spin this around all you want and it doesn't hurt anything.
It does, however do four things.
Here they are:
-changes the flash mode
-changes exposure
-change shutter speed in Shutter Priority and Manual mode
-change aperture in Aperture Priority mode.

So why can you spin it around all you want and it won't do anything?
Well, you have to press a button in conjunction while spinning it.
Don't worry, we will get to that next week!
Now you know what that awkward thingy is in the corner of your camera!
Ha! One question already answered!

Hope to see you next week!
Please leave any questions you have by commenting below!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Review of Photography in 2014

So, I thought I would just share some of my favorite shots that I took throughout 2014.
God blessed me so much last year!
Hope you enjoy them!