Basics for Beginners


Well fellow CreCommers, we have officially survived one month of school! * cue happy dance* I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe how much I’ve learned already, and that feels pretty darn good. One thing I’m not so excited about is that I still don’t know the ins and outs of my DSLR camera. For someone who constantly uses my iPhone to take pictures, picking up a camera full of unfamiliar buttons is intimidating to say the least. Aperture, shutter speed, and ISO are all terms that I haven’t quite mastered yet, and with all the assignments coming my way, I wasn’t quite sure I’d find the time to learn about them all – until now. is a blog started by Jim Harmer dedicated to photography. You can find YouTube videos, tutorials, and even free podcasts to help you take amazing photos. My personal favorite – the photo basics – breaks down those photography terms, and tells you how to use your camera in simple language that makes sense. Read about the basics here:

What I really like about Harmer’s blog is that it starts from square one. He begins with a lesson on exposure, and uses two pictures he has taken to show the difference between shooting in automatic or creative exposure. Something I didn’t realize before about cameras, is that they are not as smart as you think they are. I would choose a setting on my camera like portrait or landscape, and just start snapping away. I thought the camera was good to go, and would do all of the hard work for me. Harmer explains that it’s fine to do that in certain settings, but it’s also important to know how to set your aperture, shutter speed, and ISO properly. These are the settings that will affect exposure. He provides a little ‘cheat sheet’ explaining what will happen when you have a small/wide aperture, slow/fast shutter speed, or a low/high ISO.

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I found the blog incredibly helpful, and wanted to share with everyone else who may be struggling to master the art of photography. Other photography tutorials Harmer has posted include how to shoot with your camera modes, the rule of thirds, and how to focus your camera properly.

If you’re a newbie to the photography world, definitely check out this blog! I found it super helpful, and pretty soon your phone will be blowing up with Instagram likes!


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