I slowly graduated from automatic (with flash) to trying some of the manual settings but I am a SLOW learner. Actually, I'm more of a hands-on learner than someone who can learn from reading, so this has been quite the learning curve for me. I've found plenty of things to read online but without someone, right in front of my face, showing me what to do, it doesn't sink in. However, even a brick wall allows some things to penetrate it if you keep trying. The main thing I've learned, as with everything in life, is that practice makes
When you have an adorable subject, that tends to help too (: One afternoon Wes had stripped Sawyer's poo-ridden clothes and decided to let him bareback it for a bit. I saw that as an awesome opportunity to snap away. It was dreary outside and I had read (many times) that indirect light was the best and an overcast day fit that bill perfectly. I plopped my willing subject down and snapped while the getting was good.
Disclaimer: I, in no way, think these are photographer quality photos. I have no intention of quitting my day job to become a paid photographer. But for me, they indicate progress and I'm elated with that. As Dori from Finding Nemo says, "Keep swimmin', keep swimmin'."