Day of the big, scary ‘M’

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Day of the big, scary ‘M’

Anyone who owns a DSLR or has done a bit of photography knows about the “M” setting. This is the one all of us but the “serious” photographers avoid. Today, there was no escape. As our instructor put it….”today we’re going to start using the big, scary M”. This is Manual. This is what separates those who are serious and those who are not. There is no turning back….no more cheating and using the Program mode (you know, the little mountains and palm tree settings on your camera). Now we’re in the grown up world of photography. Yes, I was afraid. All these years and I’ve managed to avoid it. After the theory….time to see if we could master the reality with a field shoot at Fort Missoula. After a few mistakes I discovered something…..the big, scary M is….well…..not so scary. In fact, it was a bit of a pushover. Now, with complete control over the camera’s exposure I have freed myself from a computer making creative decisions about my photos. A new day has dawned……

There was a beautiful iris garden at the Fort. Guarding the entrance or using the facilities?

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    There was a beautiful iris garden at the Fort. Guarding the entrance or using the facilities?

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  • by dick Smith
    June 29, 2012

    Welcome to the real world. Should have sent you with my Weston Meter as well.

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