The New Manual DSLR Project

Hi, and welcome to my blog. The Manual DSLR Project was started March 30, 2010 with the intent of devoting one year to learning how to use my Nikon D300 in manual mode. I invited you to join me as I took this journey. You celebrated with me as my fingers began to remember which wheel adjusts the shutter speed and which controls the aperture settings. I was brutally honest in sharing my mistakes.

A year passed quickly...and I achieved my goal of demystifying the manual operation of my camera.

While the Manual DSLR Project was intended to be bound by time (one year), I am eager to keep the conversation going. So look for additional posts on anything related to photography. And interact. Let me know if you are reading the blog and find it useful.

All the best...

Saturday, April 24, 2010

4 hour flight = an opportunity for experimentation

I went to Seattle on business last week and took my office notebook (a PC) thinking that I could at least convert raw files to JPG in Photoshop and post them to this blog. Unfortunately, the raw conversion in Photoshop was not working, so I was unable to post anything. I also traveled very light photographically speaking. All that I carried was my Nikon D300 body with a Nikkor 18-135 lens--no tripod, no additional lenses, no speedlight, and no Macbook.

On the trip to Seattle (via Chicago) I left my camera in my backpack in the overhead compartment. However, on the way home (Seattle to Dallas/Fort Worth to Huntsville) I decided to keep my camera nearby so I could take photos and spend the four hours in flight learning more about my camera. There was a retired couple from Seattle sitting in the row with me and we had a good time talking photography, computers, and taking photos. Here are some of the shots I took. To see more, visit and click on the "Seattle" link.

Again, there is no magic bullet to learning to use a DSLR in manual mode, but practice like I got in this four-hour flight is most helpful.  The first photo was taken at ISO 320, F14, 1/200 sec. I also applied a preset in Lightroom from Seim Effects.

Here's another photo taken from my hotel room after a rain shower. It was shot at ISO 320, F9, 1/80 sec.

Until next time...

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