I have been struggling and stressing and fighting to understand the manual mode on my camera for a while now. The fact it, it all just sounds too much like math to me. I feel like I almost have a grip on the concept but then it just slips out of my hands and I'm back where I started from.
For some reason though something clicked for me yesterday. All of the sudden it started making sense. Oh don't get me wrong, I still have a lot to learn and I need a ton of practice but it feels so empowering to be able to turn the little dial from A to M on my camera.
Yesterday I took a few pictures of Elle using only the manual setting and I was pretty pleased with the results. (You can see them here but be aware blogger reduces photo quality something fierce.) I have learned two things about shooting in manual:
1) I CAN do it and it's not nearly as scary as it seems at first.
2) I really need a pedicure done by someone other than a five year old.
Four years ago today I wrote a post about body image and MTV that to this day gets tons of traffic.