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    Hi Everyone! My name is Melissa or Mel as I'm called on the Nov. 08 board. I have a daughter, Kayla who will be 18 in February and my 2nd daughter, Ava Douglas who turned 2 on Nov. 5th.

    I have lurked here for a little over a year. I purchased my first DSLR for my 40th birthday present to myself in May 09. I have a Nikon D60. I pretty much still use it as a P&S because I haven't had the time to really mess around with it. I became a SAHM again at the beginning of this year and want to take the time to learn what my camera can really do.

    I am going to admit that I'm a "saturate~aholic" I use Picasa for my edits.

    I'm going to just dive in head first and start posting some pictures to see if I can get some advice. I'm doing a 365 project so that I can get some practice everyday as well. It's going to take some time for me to switch from auto mode to manual mode but I have promised myself that I will LOL

    Here is a picture of my youngest LO on auto mode but with no edits Exposure 1/125 Aperture f/5.6 ISO Speed 160
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    And then of course my destruction edits in saturation and b&w with cropping.
    [IMG]051-1[/IMG]

    [IMG]051-2[/IMG]

    Any help or advice is very much appreciated! I'm looking forward to learning from you ladies who are so very talented.

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    Hi Melissa. Glad you decided to jump in! Manual mode is really easy once with some practice, I recommend just switching and never looking back As far as this pic goes, I think you went a little too far with the cropping, and saturation! The original is underexposed, so the first thing I would suggest, is to just bring up the exposure a little. You can probably do that with picassa, although I'm not sure. I think there are some other free editing software programs out there, maybe someone else can chime in if they know of one. Not that there is anything wrong with picassa, lol, I really know nothing about it! You could also open up your aperture to get more of a blurry effect on the background. Your daughter is super cute! My son was born Oct '08

    ETA - When I was first learning manual, I found this post SOOO helpful! It was really all I needed to get started using manual Tutorial Challenge - Basics of Exposure
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    Welcome! Good for you for jumping in! My first advice would be to switch your camera of auto mode and read though your manual. Get an idea for ISO, shutter speed and aperature. Then shoot a few shots in Manual mode. If you have NO idea where to start with settings, flip you camera to auto, take one shot and see what settings it chose, then flip back to M and mimick the settings. Finally, monkey with the settings one at a time to get a feel for them (ie, play with ISO but leave your other settings alone).

    Can't wait to get to know you and your girls
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    HI MEL!!!

    I agree with Lauren, I would just switch to Manual and not look back. You'll get some extremely over/under exposed pictures at first, but at least you can be in control. The original is underexposed, and in auto, there's nothing you can do about it. I would switch to manual and open your ap a bit, with just one LO you can have it open much more so that the fence wouldn't be as much in focus.

    Yeay, I'm so glad you jumped in!
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    Quote Originally Posted by maricopamom3 View Post
    Welcome! Good for you for jumping in! My first advice would be to switch your camera of auto mode and read though your manual. Get an idea for ISO, shutter speed and aperature. Then shoot a few shots in Manual mode. If you have NO idea where to start with settings, flip you camera to auto, take one shot and see what settings it chose, then flip back to M and mimick the settings. Finally, monkey with the settings one at a time to get a feel for them (ie, play with ISO but leave your other settings alone)
    I agree with this completely! I was afraid to make the jump to manual, but it's totally worth it...I make mistakes all the time but the awesome thing is you get to learn from the mistakes and they make you better! My main problem starting out was that I didn't understand how ap, shutter speed, and iso all worked together. I think the suggestion of playing around with the settings is awesome, because nothing teaches better than an example!

    What a cute little girl you have, BTW! Such bright eyes!

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    Thanks everyone!

    Lauren: thanks for that link. I looked it over briefly but printed it so I could have a quick reference. I think that will be a big help. Can you tell me how I can better crop that photo or is that a photo that cropping wouldn't make it any better? LOL

    I also switched it to manual mode tonight and took some pics of random objects. I will try and do more tomorrow when I can get outside. For some reason I cannot take a good picture inside at night. I have a terrible time with lighting but I like pictures that I take outside and I think I'll be able to get more practice outside.

    I will post some later to see if I've learned anything.

    Thanks again!

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    I think it might look better with just a little more space around your daughter It's not such a big deal though. The in camera crop is not bad actually.

    I'm not sure if anyone can take a good photo inside at night, unless they have a speedlite, or a wizard living inside of their camera, so yeah, outside during the day is your friend when it comes to learning manual mode

    Don't forget to come back and share some more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by La123 View Post
    I think it might look better with just a little more space around your daughter It's not such a big deal though. The in camera crop is not bad actually.

    I'm not sure if anyone can take a good photo inside at night, unless they have a speedlite, or a wizard living inside of their camera, so yeah, outside during the day is your friend when it comes to learning manual mode

    Don't forget to come back and share some more!
    Ditto! I don't know many who can take a good photo inside at night without a speedlite!
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    I can't add anything that hasn't been said already, but wanted to say Hi to a fellow Nov 08 mama!
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    I agree with what's been said. Try to keep your edits simple and clean. I still want to over-do stuff sometimes, but I try to remember to keep it simple!

    Your DD is gorgeous and I can't wait to see more work from you! YAY for trying manual! Once you do- you will NEVER go back!
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