St. Augustine Family Photographer | Danielle Brooks Photography
St. Augustine Family Photographer and Family Portrait Photography Studio. Specializing in Family Photography, Senior Portraits, and Head Shot Photography.


St. Augustine photographer specializing in families, children, and seniors.

Get Your Camera Out of Auto...NOW! Pt. 1

If you have a DSLR you should not be shooting in Auto. I repeat, if you have a DSLR you should NOT be shooting in Auto! Auto is the dreaded "A" word in photography. Let me put it this way. If you have spent the 500+ dollars to leave your point and shoot at home and are using your camera in Auto, you are wasting your money! If you are thinking of upgrading to a DSLR, check out my blog to see whether a DSLR is right for you, here.

Learning to use your camera in Manual will be the best decision you can make for your photos. Your photos will grow exponentially. You will finally be able to achieve that creamy background in portrait photos, no longer have blur with your kids running around, and get better results in low light situations. Here is just one example of how much better your photos can look by taking it out of Auto. Both of these photos are SOOC, or, straight out of camera. No editing has been done to them.

Notice the second photo is a little warmer? You can see the individual beads of water instead of motion blur in the top one. And you also notice the background is a little more muted to bring the attention to the frog in the front. Don't get me wrong, Auto is good for when you're first starting out, but as a photographer and DSLR owner, you need to grow into all the settings on your camera. Auto just doesn't cut it when it comes to getting artistic, frame-worthy photos. That's what this blog series is going to be about. The next couple of days we will be talking about shutter speed, aperture, ISO and Kelvin. Know a friend who just got a DSLR for Christmas? Share this link with them! I'm going to be here every step of the way to get your camera our of Auto! I can't wait to see how your images grow and improve!