Since I’ve been blogging, I’ve become increasingly keen on photography.
I’ve wanted to get to grips with my DSLR for a while now, ever since I struggled to make the switch from auto to manual camera functions. So when I was invited along to a photography workshop by the Joe Blogs Network, I was excited to pick up some new tips.
The workshop took place on Sunday, at the Millennium Copthorne hotel in Sheffield, which is right beside the Bramall Lane football stadium, home to Sheffield United.
Photographer Pandora Maund, who runs Going Digital Yorkshire, led the workshop, running through some of the useful camera functions that we might need and giving advice on how to use them, before we were allowed into the stadium next door to put our new found skills into practice.
Now, I find it much easier to understand the camera functions when I’m sitting in a classroom, fiddling around with the menus on my Nikon as I work through a list of things I need to know. But out in the stadium, that’s a different matter…
Suddenly I’m not just thinking about adjusting the settings on the camera, I’m trying to compose the right shot, figure out whether I need to change the aperture or the ISO, and decide on the right focus points. It’s a lot to take in all at once.
But with a bit more practice I’m sure I’ll improve. In fact, I’ve already made use of one of Pandora’s tips to get rid of the yellow sheen that photos end up with when taken indoors under artificial light. If you use the incandescent setting in the white balance menu, it adds blue tones to the image, evening it out beautifully. Just don’t forget to change the settings back when you go outdoors!
So, a big thanks to Pandora and the guys at Joe Blogs and Millennium Copthorne for inviting me along to the workshop; I picked up a lot of great tips that I’ll be using in future when I’m out and about with my camera.
And I haven’t switched my settings back to auto at all yet!