Basics to Photography

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If you missed the Photography series you can start here:

  1. Basics to Photography
  2. Aperture Photography
  3. Learn about your ISO setting
  4. Shutter Speed Photography
  5. The Exposure Triangle
  6. Photo Composition
  7. Capturing the every day moments
  8. 10 Photography tips to help you edit your pictures
  9. Some more  Photography tips
  10. My Photography Tips

I’m SO excited for the Photography series we have on I {heart} Nap Time this week. I got my first DSLR camera just over a year ago and I cannot tell you how much of a difference it has made. They aren’t cheap, but if you can put a little away towards one each month I would highly recommend saving up for one. I remember when I first got my DSLR being totally over whelmed. I still am ALL the time. :) I thought it would be fun to  learn the basics to photography so you guys can get more comfortable with your DSLRS or even your digital cameras.

Today we are starting off with the camera body. I personally have the Canon EOS Rebel T2i and 18-55mm Lens but I know the Canon EOS Rebel T3 with 18-55mm Lens is very similar and a couple hundred less. We’ll go more into  camera gear and lens later on this week.

I’m Aimee Lane and you can find daily updates from me atIt’s Overflowing, endless DIY projects and we’re loving every moment! Thanks LOTS Jamielyn for inviting me to kick off your basics photography series!

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As a proud mommy of three sweeties and as a blogger, I have endless photography opportunities!  Like most mommies, I absolutely LOVE photography and capturing forever memories!  Being married to a photographer, I’m totally spoiled.  He is great about helping me capture precious moments!  Seeing my hubby’s awesome pics, I know there’s a huge difference when comparing photos shot in manual with photos shot in auto!   Embarrassingly, I’ve spent the last ten years seeing the difference and not doing a single thing to improve my skills!

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At the beginning of this year, I decided it was far time that I learn more about my fancy camera…time to move the camera out of auto and into manual mode!  Oh my goodness, it’s so much fun and totally makes me feel like a ROCK STAR!  It’s so great to be pursuing an outlet that encourages my growth as a person and benefits my family!  When learning to shoot in manual, for starters, I suggest to first learn the parts of your camera!  This is a picture my hubby took of our camera and I used photoshop to label it.  Seriously…staring at my camera manual was as bad as staring at a Calculus book in college!  YUCK!  I decided pretty font and a fun color would make me way more prone to studying!  It worked…you can quiz me if you’d like!!!

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The very basics parts of a camera we are all pretty familiar with!  ‘A’ for auto mode on the mode dial, built in flash, shutter release, playback and delete are all pretty common, but knowing their “official name” will help you understand every photography tutorial better from hereon!  If you’ve explored your own DSLR a bit, you know there are lots of functions found within the menu button…that’s yet to come…don’t rush yourself. I’ve found that learning little by little makes it totally obtainable!  Seriously when you look at the camera above and consider all you know already, you’re totally on the way to BLASTING it in your photography skills!!!  DSLR cameras for the most part all have similar buttons, so familiarize yourself with the picture above and it will help you tons through the rest of Jamielyn’s series! And for those wondering what they should have in their camera bag when taking this big step in improving photography skills, I thought I’d share a couple items that we LOVE with you!   For budding photographers, you’ll be amazed at what some of the entry level cameras have to offer!  The processors on DSLRs keep improving and I’m serious, some of our friends share pics with us that we can hardly believe because they’re so good and they’re using entry level DSLR cameras!

Most cameras come standard with an 18-55 lens.  This lens is perfect for getting started.  Along with your camera, you’ll need to purchase a memory card with 8-16 GBs.  For starters, I also encourage our friends to purchase an extra battery, a remote and a ball head tripod!  You’ll never regret any of those purchases!  When you’re ready to take the next step in your photography and venture into shots that focus on one item and blur the background, you’re going to want to add a prime lens, either 35mm or 50 mm {be careful when you select this because the one you need depends on which style of camera you have and whether or not it has an internal focus motor}.  And if you enjoy taking pictures of your sweeties at ball games and/or ballet recitals, you may want to consider purchasing a zoom lens like the 55-200 VR, too.  These are all three great lenses to have in your camera bag!!!

 

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When we purchased our most recent camera, we opted to purchase our camera body with an 18-105 lens, rather than the standard 18-55 lens.  The price for buying the standard lens with zoom was a little more, but it is very convenient to not have to switch between lenses when at events that require both zoom and close up shots, and it helps keep the load in our bag to a minimum.  Our 18-105 lens and our prime lens are our two favorite lenses!  If you ever need help with deciding which lenses are compatible, definitely stop by and ask us!  I’d love to have you over for a visit anytime!

 

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Kelsey Bang posted on February 20, 2012 at 11:52 am (#
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    ahhh I love aimee! Thanks for the great camera info! I have a fun camera and never use it, and need to learn how! Jamie, loving the idea of the photography series! AWESOME! Aimee, thanks for the great info! so fun!

  2. Lisa S. posted on February 20, 2012 at 2:27 pm (#
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    Thank you, thank you so much! I really am overwhelmed with my DSLR, I even purchased “Nikon for Dummies” and I still feel like a dummy lol. I can’t wait to read more photography tutorials from you!. Thanks again :)

  3. Aimee - ItsOverflowing posted on February 20, 2012 at 2:40 pm (#
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    Thanks for including me in your series Jamielyn! I definitely have LOVED sharing what I’m learning over the past months and am thrilled to share a bit of it on your blog, too!

    XO, Aimee

  4. Mommy Melback posted on February 27, 2012 at 8:17 am (#
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    Thanks Jamielyn I follow and love your blog.
    I am starting your photo series today and can’t wait.
    I am a “faux” tographer and don’t even have a dslr. I opted for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100K with the built in lens.
    I am going to take the wisdom I learn and try to incorporate it into my camera too =~)
    I am also pinning this so I can always find it.
    Thanks again,
    Mommy Melback

  5. Terri Pharr posted on November 13, 2012 at 8:19 am (#
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    I need help with my Nikon D5000…I love taking pictures but would love to learn more!