Learn to Use a DSLR

It is Week 2 of Shimelle’s Blogging for Scrapbookers. The prompt in my inbox today is about blogging your goals. Well, my goal is combined with a confession. I only use auto-mode on my DSLR. I got my DSLR when my daughter was a few months old. I needed a camera that could snap photos quicker than my current digital camera. A DSLR could do this. I’ve had this camera for a bit more than two years. During this time I’ve moved across the country, finished my dissertation, started a new job, moved again, raised a toddler, among other things to keep my otherwise occupied. 2011, however, is the year I learn to use my DSLR.
I have bought and am reading Digital SLR for Dummies All-in-One for Dummies. I also have Understanding Exposure and Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography Books.

I am overwhelmed by ISO, aperture, white balance, shutter speed, and focal points. Yesterday, I finally took a few photos in manual mode:

Now that I better understand my DSLR, I am now looking to spend more money on this thing. I am planning on buying a speedlite and then probably an additional piece of “glass.” 🙂 I know that I can use a different branded lens with my camera than the camera body. Is the same true for a speedlite? As I continue to learn how to use my camera, you will probably see more photos on the blog. I hope you enjoy!

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