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Shooting Beyond Automatic Mode

Several months ago I purchased a Canon EOS Rebel T1i Digital SLR Camera. My goal – to take more creative pictures of my adventures. I’ve been very happy with my Olympus Stylus 770 for capturing some of my training and even races, but there are sights and scenes beyond the in-race event that I didn’t feel were captured quite the way I remembered them.

To that end, I’m now trying to learn to shoot beyond automatic mode. You know – all those other knobs on your camera actually control how what you see gets interpreted by the chip (or film if you’re old school). One nifty tool on most cameras that I don’t understand is the histogram. Makeuseof.com had a promising sounding article recently called How To Read Your Camera’s Histogram And Take Perfectly Balanced Images.  I say promising because while it did explain the histogram and its relationship to the exposure of your image, it fell short of explaining how to take perfectly balanced images.

I see entire books and courses that focus on understanding exposure and the aperture / shutter speed / film speed triangle. I guess to become a better photographer this is a good area to focus and practice hands on. Don’t be surprised if I suddenly start posting a bunch of photographs as I practice.

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