Does it get easier?

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  1. MarkCSmith

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    Haha yeah I know practice makes perfect, it seems 5 seconds after I learn what aperature, shutter speed, ISO, etc do...I forget. Does it eventually become second hand knowledge with practice? Give me some hope! :hug::
     
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    After a while it's like driving a car.

    I would suggest for you to switch the camera to manual and play with each setting individually. Or set the camera in aperture priority and take shots of the same thing in different aperture settings than compare. Same for ISO and shutter speed.
     
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    give yourself some time, pratice everyday, if only for 10 minutes. focus, no pun intended, on one thing at a time. I.E. use aperture prioitry and shoot the same subject then compare them side my side to see how the fstop effects depth of field.

    then the next assignment, switch to shutter prioitry. find something that can be repeated that is also moving, a windmill, water fountain, etc.
    take photos starting at 1/2 sec. and continue up to 1/2000. At one point the images will probably be over /under exposed, but you will see what changing the shutter speed does.

    it really is just practice, practice and more practice. you will be surprised one day you won't have to think so hard.
     
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    It became easier for me. When I got my XT, I read all over the internet how to use it the 1 week I had to wait when it came from shipping. I basically knew what each button did by heart before I even touched the camera. Then it took me 30 minutes to figure out how to change the shutter speed when it was in my hands lol. Basically you try to pick up info, and you can't get it all, but if you can grasp one little thing, using it helps you hold onto it forever, then you go on and keep adding "little things" to your arsenal. It's the application and usage that helps you learn what does what. the era of LCD review helps you see what you're doing between shots.
     
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    after hearing and reading it many times on here, I took the advice of everyone and bought "Understanding exposure" Bryan Peterson. Awesome book. check it out for sure!!!!
     
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    I'm in the same boat as you! I play with it and know what it does, but then have to re-remember everything when I get to the next round of shooting. Not only that, I seem to completely forget what exactly it was that I did when I got a good shot and therefore can't recreate it very easily! So, yeah, I hope it gets easier too. hehehe I'm definitely going to pick up "Understanding Exposure".
     
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    Its all there in the viewfinder, check it out before hitting the button, other than that if you need to grab it quick post processing is your friend. H
     
  8. Yes, it becomes completely automatic - it goes to the back of your mind and disappears, and all you think about is composition.

    The comparison to driving a car is a good one. I'd take it even a step further - yes, you can drive most cars, but when you get into another car, it takes a while till you feel really comfortable again. You never drive the same way in a rental as you do your own car.

    I have three cameras that are very different, and switching between them always takes me a while. We also have three cars in the family, and I always remember the basics, but in my primary car I don't have to remember which radio station is on which button, or how to adjsut the seat - I just know. That kind of unimportant stuff makes the difference between feeling really comfortable, and having to get reacquainted. Same with my cameras - I have a dRF, a dSLR, and a digital compact, and I always need a half hour to get back into the groove - but the basic knowledge is embedded for good, that stuff I don't think about anymore.

    The same will happen to you.
     
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    Yeah I've got 3 books by him, Understanding Exposure, Seeing Creatively and his Digital Photography one (which is the exact same book as Understanding Exposure with a few very small changes...oh well, will make a good gift for somebody haha) GREAT books...but I still keep forgetting everything once I turn to the next page LOL

    Thanks guys, I guess it was more just a rant than anything else, I want to be good at it NOW :grumpy: :lol:
     
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    "Understanding exposure" Revised Edition: Bryan Peterson

    Awesome, book read it more than 6 times.. you will never forget, and the more you use the camera, the more it will start to click.. It' sorta like sex, and where things go......

    Chris
     
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    and you get better with time as you do it more...... ok let's stop before we start getting detailed stories.
     
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    that is a fantastic analogy!

    but just like a car, you develop habits.
     

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