SoftThistle Life

I want to learn so much more.

PhotographyMarylin14 Comments

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*)