Monitor Calibration

If you are like me as I am starting out, you have no idea that your monitor is most likely not showing the right colors.  Well, I should say I had noticed that the colors I saw on the screen weren’t the same colors as what came out of my printer.  I just wasn’t something I cared a lot about until I started to process my photos and spent a lot of time adjusting the white balance and doing some color correction.  This is where monitor calibration comes in and I will do my best to explain it without a lot of technical terms and provide a few suggestions on tools to use after the break. Continue reading

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To SSD or not to SSD

This is not a post that will make up the series of backlog items I want to write about, but I learned something just this past weekend that I wanted to make a quick post about with the intention to make a longer post that includes video evidence of the effect changing a magnetic hard drive with an SSD had on the performance of a computer. Continue reading

Choosing a DSLR

After thinking about where to start, I decided it needed to be with choosing which DSLR to buy.  There are a number of choices all with different functionality and price tag of course.  In order to go through how I chose, it seems like it might be important to tell you a little bit more about my background because that has the most influence behind my choice.  Like a lot of decisions in life, there isn’t one right answer here.  Also like a lot of things in life, making a bad choice can be hard to overcome – unless you have more time and money than I do.

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Welcome

Welcome to my new blog about learning how to use a DSLR camera. There are a lot of places you can go online to learn about DSLR photography, nearly all of them will have more experience and information than this blog. I got my first DSLR camera last December (2011), and I have been scouring the web ever since looking for help on how to use it ever since. I have learned quite a bit over the past 8 months since that time, but really it has pointed out just how much more I have to learn. For that reason I thought I would start a blog where I would record the things I am learning as I continue from here.

I plan to write posts as I learn something that is worth sharing, or find something particularly difficult that I can’t seem to figure out. Either way, I want to write about it in terms that should be easy for someone who has next to no experience with a good camera to pickup. We’ll see if it works out like I am thinking it will.

In my next post I intend to document a few of the resources I have found most helpful since I first got my camera. One thing I want to share right off is a video demo of how to use LightRoom for photo editing, because I wish someone would have had something like that available for me that same Christmas day when I opened up the camera box.