I want to learn so much more.

I relish learning things, I always have – why do you think I ended up doing my degree in pharmacology and physiology? I never did manage to finish it though – I was young and madly in love, and I got pregnant too soon. Not that I’d have it any other way now, it’s that whole hindsight thing, isn’t it?

The number one thing I feel I need to learn these days is how to use my Nikon D60 properly. I want to learn how to do things in manual instead of leaving it on auto focus most of the time so I don’t miss everything with the boys. They’re not exactly the easiest of subjects, being whirlwinds of movement and all though. I want to take beautiful photos!

I’ve re-introduced myself on the Clickin’ Moms forum, and I really hope I can learn a lot from the women there, but there’s SO much information I just don’t know where to start!

I have a few books on photography, including Understanding Exposure, and the first two of Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography books, and a Nikon D60 for Dummies book, but I still feel very overwhelmed by it all. What should I read first? Should I dip into all of them? Should I have a lil notebook that I can use to make notes in so I remember the main points?

I have just ordered a new lens – a Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AF, so that I can get down n dirty with the boys and have some nice sharp images. Prime lenses are crisper after all, right? At the same time, I worry that there’s not much point in my buying another lens if I’m not going to take it off auto though, right?

So… I’m off to bed to start reading my Understanding Exposure book and start learning what I keep going on about.

I’ll keep you updated with how I get on.

Any advice is much appreciated! (*looks at Kirsty*)

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  1. October 17, 2009 / 11:03 pm

    Y’know, I want to pick up Photography…

    It would go nicely with also starting to Cycle…

    Shame I’m moving away from here into Glasgow the first opportunity I get… Slightly less friendly for both of those. D:
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  2. October 17, 2009 / 11:09 pm

    Mmm yes, just a bit – still, you can get some awesome gritty shots of things that go on in Glasgow! I managed to start off my photographing in Dundee after all. 😛

  3. October 18, 2009 / 12:42 am

    Wow, your friend is very talented! 🙂

  4. Monkeyoe
    October 18, 2009 / 7:32 am

    Manual can be annoying, possibly try to move up to semi manual, like shutter speed or aperture priority? That way you can get hold of most of your variables 🙂
    And I presume you’re talking about.. manual as in setting shutter speed and stuff by yourself, and not focusing? Manual focusing all the time can be a REAL pain the butt 🙂

    If you’re into nature photography:
    Then click on the articles section, and take a look at the forum possibly 🙂

  5. October 18, 2009 / 7:47 am

    If you feel like it, share your approach and gained insights with us – or at least with me. I got my Nikon D40 three months ago and am lurking around leaving the preset programs as well.
    I’d be more than interested in what you are learning. 🙂

    How’s the Understanding Exposure book in your experience? Would you recommend it to me or haven’t you gotten too far with it?
    Unfortunately, there’s no translation of the book available, but I’d be more than willing to put up with the English photography terminology if it’s worth the read.

    Congrats to the new lens! I am longing for another one too, only have the kit lens at the moment. But I can’t make up my mind if I should also go for the 50mm “Festbrennweite” or get a 55-200, a 18-105 or whatever else is out there waiting for me. 😉
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  6. October 18, 2009 / 8:30 am

    If you ever want any pointers or anything I’d be happy to help! It’s a pity you live so far from Dundee now or I’d have come round and blethered cameras with you!!

    I didn’t read any books, not even the instructions when I got my first DSLR, I just played around with the settings. You can’t really break it, you can always reset the camera if you add a setting you don’t like and can’t figure out what you did. Auto mode doesn’t always help with the portraits as I find it is always determined to use the on-board flash!

    I think your pics of the boys are fine, but what part of photographing them do you find difficult? The speed they move at? Lighting? Blur? x
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  7. October 18, 2009 / 8:58 am

    I’d also recommend a book like the Digital Field Guides https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nikon-D60-Digital-Field-Guide/dp/0470383127/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1255855964&sr=1-2

    I had this for my D80 and it’s pretty good, tells you when to use settings in certain situations, rather than trying to explain everything at once, you choose what you are trying to do then look it up, the book tells you all the relevant info to that particular subject or problem, and it goes into all the menu options. I found that because it specifically deals with your camera only, its easier to understand how to do things 🙂
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  8. October 18, 2009 / 1:06 pm

    I will do my best to let you know on here how I’m doing from time to time! 🙂

    Whatever you get – make sure it *has* auto focus! I made the mistake of getting a 28-200 sigma lens that didnt have it and it was a huge mistake >_<

  9. October 18, 2009 / 1:12 pm

    Aww I know what you mean – my brother came to help us pack and we talked cameras most of the time, it was awesome to have someone to chat to about it!

    The hardest bit for me is trying to get their eyes properly in focus. If you check the main page for clickin moms you’ll see what I mean (particularly the ones at the bottom)- I love the way they get the eyes to pop like that, and I know part of it is post processing, but they’ve gotta be in focus first!

  10. October 18, 2009 / 1:16 pm

    Cheers JJ, yes I’m talking about manual mode, not manual focusing – I’m not that mad (although I do have a lens without AF which is a huge pain in the butt and isn’t used much).

    Will have a wee looksee at that site.
    Hope you’re well! /huggles

  11. October 18, 2009 / 1:18 pm

    That does look like a good one… I’ll add it to my wishlist! Can’t buy anything else at the mo after forking out for a new lens and a tripod! 😉

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