Girl Meets Bulgaria

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


DSLR Struggles

(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!


Oh, and here’s my coveted next purchase:

The Nifty Fifty