Girl Meets Bulgaria

Musings of an American expat in Bulgaria (with detours in Utah and Alaska)

DSLR Struggles

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(I set this to auto-publish days ago. Guess it didn’t work!)

My new Nikon D90 is fantastic. A little too fantastic.

It (and the lens I bought) has so many buttons, bells and whistles that I don’t have a clue where to start.

I took a film SLR class in high school (yikes, 7 years ago now), and preferred working in the darkroom to taking the photos. My friend and I devised a plan. She took most of the photos and I developed them in the darkroom. It worked out (the teacher never caught on and we passed).

But now I am kicking myself for not paying more attention and mastering the art of the f-stop, aperture, and shutter speed. I literally have 15 library books on digital photography and DSLRs strewn across my bedroom floor as I write this. Clearly going the self-taught route is a messy affair.

I have spent countless hours over the past few weeks surfing the web and watching You Tube videos trying to get a grasp on the basics.  Ree Drummond’s Pioneer Woman website has been a HUGE help. She (and contributor Miz Booshay) are simply fantastic!

I am scheduled to take a 3-hour introductory DSLR workshop from Fotofly next month, but from there I don’t have much in the way of formal lessons planned. As a University of Utah employee I get a 50% discount on Continuing Education classes, and they do offer some photography classes, however, even with the discount they aren’t cheap. Plus, I leave for Alaska in about 4 months , so I don’t have much time to schedule classes.

If anyone has any advice or knows of any websites, blogs, books, DVDs, etc that I should check out, let me know!

W.

Oh, and here’s my coveted next purchase:

The Nifty Fifty

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4 thoughts on “DSLR Struggles

  1. Start here :
    http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photo-tips/

    To get Here:
    http://www.mybulgarianlife.blogspot.com

    Learn the basics and “Shoot and edit, shoot and edit, shoot and edit” In photography, there’s not better work out.

    Best of luck.

  2. I preferred the darkroom in my high school class, too. Maybe one day I’ll be a big kid and own a nice camera like this, I’ll even let you teach me how to use it!

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