Erin is a mom of two and has been with Today’s Mama for ten years. She is charged with finding and sharing all of the wonderful things the web has to offer. She is particularly fond of food, photography, printables, and funny things. She writes about losing weight in her Healthy Living for Mom series, and is chronicling her attempt to master her DSLR camera with her series, Big Girl Camera.

More from this author »
RECENT PINS

Big Girl Camera: DSLR Photography Tips

I have been pining away for DSLR camera (fondly refereed to by Rachael and I as a “Big Girl Camera”) for years. I made saving for one a resolution last year.  I’ve been squirreling away links to DSLR photography tips for awhile…waiting for the day when I would need them.

That day has come!

Actually, it came about a month ago when my dreamboat of a husband surprised me with an early Christmas gift. We were changing the sheets on the bed and when I pulled a pillowcase out of the laundry basket it was a wee bit heavy.

Inside was my new camera.

I cried.

Then I began pouring over all those DSLR photography tips that I’d filed away, determined to learn the ins and outs of this beautiful new camera.

Then I got overwhelmed.

The information I learned in the photography classes I took in high school and college has been edged out of my brain. Probably replaced with the words and gestures to Hickory-Dickory-Doc, and I no longer know an f-stop from my elbow.

So, I am slowly and steadily re-reading these tips. Pulling the camera out whenever I can to experiment with the settings and taking an awful lot of orange twinged indoor photos while shooting in manual.

When the occasion calls for it, I switch that bad boy to “Auto” and capture the moment. Was I going to miss getting a good photo of my girl tearing the wrapping paper off the bicycle that Santa brought her? No way.

So I’m going to keep working on figuring out how to make this camera sing. I’ll share all the bits and pieces I find along the way including all of the tutorials that I’ve been studying like a mad woman. Check them out…

Photography Tutorial: A Quick Guide to Understanding Your DSLR Camera from Kevin & Amanda

A Very Beginner’s Guide to Manual Mode in Low Light Settings from SomeGirl’s Website

A Camera Bag for Beginners by Me Ra Koh (This post is about equipment but teaches a lot about operation.)

Q&A with Marla on Fly Through Our Window

Did You Know About ISO from Momtog

Understanding Aperture from the Daily Digi

In the meantime, I’ll keep looking for the perfect light to capture the majesty of my son’s hair.

 

Other posts you might enjoy…

Erin’s 2011 Recap 

Summer So Far 

Tips for Taking Better Pictures of Your Baby 

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Leave a Comment

Comments (6)

  1. Pingback: Make Any Bag a Camera Bag with this Pouch « « TodaysMama TodaysMama

  2. Pingback: Get Ready: February Photo a Day Challenge « « TodaysMama TodaysMama

  3. Jennifer Beck Furber 01/19/2012 at 9:23 pm

    LOVE that last photo. Fantastic light, but even better hair.

    • Erin Oltmanns 01/23/2012 at 7:15 pm

      Thank you! That hair is a sight to behold.

  4. Amy Allen Johnson 01/12/2012 at 11:16 am

    wow. Santa did a darn good job wrapping that bike! your kiddos are adorable!