Manchester Photographic: Get your SLR off auto!!

Manchester Photographic: Get your SLR off auto!!

The other weekend, I was invited by Joe Blogs Network on behalf of Curry’s to a four hour lesson with Manchester Photographic on how to shoot manually. I do know the basics already but always find myself using the preset settings on my SLR out of pure laziness. I did a photography AS Level many moons ago so I understood the concept of ISO, aperture and shutter speed but wanted to go along for a little mind refreshment.

The day started in their offices with Christian showing us how ISO, shutter speed and aperture worked and the types of photographs it could produce when used correctly. I’d forgotten a few bits here and there so it was nice to ask questions about lighting and the best settings to use in particular scenarios.

We then went to the Manchester Food and Drink Festival in Albert’s Square to put what we had learnt into practise. Split into teams, we were given different items to take photos of; we were given groups. I didn’t really get very creative with shutter speeds and wish I had. I’ll be completely honest, I don’t think I did very well! I found it incredibly hard to get a good angle or just ‘that’ shot. But hey, I’m not a photographer for a reason!

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After we had finished, we went back to the office and Christian talked us through some basic but effective editing points using Adobe Lightroom. The adjustments he mentioned were ones I tend to use in Aperture with a few extra bits thrown in that I haven’t really ventured into using yet.

We were also given an SLR cleaning kit with different cloths, brushes and sprays, which will definitely come in handy for me! It was a great day and nice to be refreshed on using my SLR in manual which I will be doing once again from now on. Curry’s have also written a blog post about the day which I have now realised I am in and is not my greatest angle! What would you say are the best tips you have ever received for photography on your blog?