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...

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Must Print Photos

I'm really bad about taking loads of photos, spending time in post-processing, and then never printing them. After losing some of my pix to a hard drive crash recently, I vowed that I would not do that again. I recently checked out Blurb Books after hearing about them on The Digital Story -- Derrick Story's podcast. I downloaded the free software and set out to work. The design process was very quick, easy and fun.

I ordered late at night on October 30 and my book shipped today (November 4). Want to see a preview? Click here:

To download the software and build a book of your own, go to

Can't wait to see the finished product! I'll let you know how it turned out.


  1. So how is the quality of the book. There's a lot of book printing services now, but it's nice to hold the product in your hands before you buy.

  2. I am pleased, but not blown away, by the quality. The photos look good, but some seem a little dark. Like you, I like to know what quality to expect before I buy.

    I have had exceptionally good service on prints and greeting cards from Meridian Professional Imaging (Meridian Pro). Though the Blurb book is easier to make I might try one of Meridian's books. Thought I've only ordered calendars through iPhoto, they have been excellent quality.

    Anyone else have an opinion or experience to share? Please feel free to weigh in.