Midwestern Wanderlog

The Basics


Okay, photography basics.  This section covers groundwork stuff, mostly:

  • What kind of photographer do you want to be?  (And I don’t mean pro, amateur or dabbler – I’m talking about styles of photography, like Nature, Studio, Animal, Landscape, Night Sky.  That’s way more fun to talk about!)
  • Which camera might be best for you?
  • Bottom line, what equipment is really necessary?
  • Understanding how the camera works off the “Auto” setting
    1. Getting to know your owner’s manual
    2. ISO – what does it mean?
    3. Shutter Priority
    4. Aperture Priority
    5. Full Manual (OOOH!!)
  • Composition (And seriously, you could study this until the end of time and still not know all about it – how cool is that?)
  • And whatever else occurs to fertile imaginations!

So read on!  Enjoy!  Make comments and suggestions, and share YOUR favorite photographic stories!

2016-03-10 – The importance of scheduling

"If you don't have it in writing, then it isn't real.  And if it isn't real, then it isn't going ...
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2016-03-06 – Above freezing? Wind chill isn’t a factor… is it?

Exciting day today!  Crawling out of bed and checking the weather in Red Wing, it was already above freezing and ...
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2016-02-28 – Cause and effect

When it comes down to it, the tripod is a simple and effective piece of technology.  Self-stabilizing with its three ...
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2016-02-14 – Filtering the clouds

6:21 and up the stairs we go.  Been doing this now for a month and a half - who would ...
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2016-02-05 – Sacrifice

It's an uncomfortable truth.  In a swirling world of conflicting needs, wants, desires, we have to prioritize.  We focus on ...
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2016-01-29 – Searching for a place to stand

Phenomenal color prior to the sunrise this morning.  Walking up while the skies are developing fierce golds, reds, light purples and ...
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2016-01-23 – Picture day!

It was a fine morning, with a giant red ball of a sun peeking through a thin gap in the ...
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2016-01-22 – Resolve what?

A word or two about resolution. Those who have been reading this blog for a while have no doubt taken ...
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2016-01-19 – Photographing frost

What a glorious morning. Though it didn't start out that way.  It started groggy and painful, with a ragged cough ...
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2016-01-16 – Learning new things

"Sunshine, sunshine, ladybugs awake!" (Points if you can tell me what show that's a quote from; extra-special BONUS points if ...
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