Trying Not to Overthink It

by Calethia Baker December. 18, 2016 560 views

This week I took some time to learn about shutter speeds, apertures, ISO, white balance and a better understanding of how my camera works. It was all really exciting to learn, but found myself overwhelmed when trying to put some of my new knowledge into practice.  I was overthinking things and I felt like I was spending more time fiddling with my camera then actually finding things to capture.  I did not end up being happy with the resulting photographs. 

I tend to feel better about the whole process when I follow my instincts.  The photographs don't always turn out great, but that's my opportunity to ask myself what I could have done differently. That often prompts me to go and learn more about photography.  My goal is not to overthink because I can always find out how to make it better for the next time.   


Here are just a few photographs I took this week.

Snow covered logs

Some stacked logs covered in a heavy snow

Snow covered trees

Christmas decorations

Some pretty Christmas decorations in my house.

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Joe Zink 4 years, 5 months ago

Hi, Calethia!
I'm going through the same thing!
Something I've been doing lately with my new camera is to take one picture in "auto" mode. Then, take the exact same picture in one of the "semi-auto" (aperture priority, shutter speed priority, whichever one ) modes with some slight adjustment. Finally, the exact same picture in manual mode. I take notes as I shoot, with mention of what I thought would happen (blurred background, freezing motion, whatever) and then compare the effect you wanted with the photos. It's a good way to compare what the camera "thinks" is the right exposure with the different settings you choose. I throw away alot of pictures, but it's a gentle way to learn how the different camera settings compare...

4 years, 5 months ago Edited
Calethia Baker Replied to Joe Zink 4 years, 5 months ago

Thanks, Joe, for the advice!

4 years, 5 months ago Edited