My "new camera resolution" is to try to shoot more in manual mode. I get too excited and afraid I'll miss a shot so I've spent most of my time as a Nikon owner in Auto. It has been scorching hot but I did venture outside early yesterday to try to get some more shots of my flowers. The sun was on the east side of the house, I was on the west. Between the slight breeze and my instability it was hard to keep focus being so close but I'm pretty happy with my results first time all in manual mode! All were taken with Sigma 70-300mmm f/4-5.6, resized and/or cropped for upload (which has caused a little loss in clarity and crispness). I spritzed the first leaf and the pink flower with water but it's not as clear as the original size.
>My "new camera resolution" is to try to shoot more >in manual mode. I get too excited and afraid I'll miss a shot >so I've spent most of my time as a Nikon owner in Auto.
Shooting in Manual exposure mode is an excellent learning tool. When you feel rushed: Don't forget about Aperture (A) priority mode and Shutter (S) priority mode. Using one of theses exposure modes will provide ease of use while allowing you to control one of the shooting perameters. Even Program exposure mode will provide more user control than Auto mode. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
Thanks for the suggestion Marty. I will play around with A, P & S modes too. As I was shooting these new photos my next dilemma was when to choose shutter speed first or aperture first. I guess it depends on the situation. If a fast moving situation, shutter first or if I want to control DOF, aperture first?? Maybe it's not that simplistic but it gives me a little guide. I picked up a small notebook to carry in my camera bag to keep track of some "helpful hints".
I'm really liking the new D5000. So much to learn, so much fun. I edited this photo of my cat, Tiger, under the in camera Retouch menu-color outline then changed it from black outline to blue.