When I first started with my DSLR I spent hours in the library reading books, scoured the blogs and websites seeking out any information I could possibly find. I was like a sponge. Unfortunately, I was also like the girl on the StateFarm commercial who thinks her date is a French model because he told her on the Internet. Unfortunately, most people dispelling advice on the internet (and even in some books) just spew constant garbage that takes amateurs in the wrong direction. I wish, wish, wish I had known who Scott Bourne was back then – he disputes a number of those ‘myths’ in this article – ten MORE myths about photography that I wish I’d known when I’d started.
The one that was most poignant to me and my development was the myth about ‘manual’ mode. I took an entire class on shooting in Manual mode – I practiced, was left unsatisfied and practiced some more. As others were out just pointing and shooting I used to think how much better my photos were going to be once I ‘learned’ and they’d still be on ‘auto’ mode….amateurs! Well I never did learn manual mode because I eventually realized that the pictures I was getting out of ‘Aperture Priority’ mode were better than those I took in manual mode. What a waste of a PTO day from work and $100 that class was!
Photo of the Day – Crisp Fall Morning on the ND Campus
When the world at Notre Dame was ‘right’. I’m not a huge fan but if I was this would have been the best day of the entire season for me – sure they only beat Wake Forest which wasn’t much of a contest. However, two things happened that day:
1) It was senior day – the last time the faithful would see the man who grew into a legend, Manti Te’o
2) Later that evening both Oregon and Kansas State lost putting ND in the control of their own destiny for the National Championship game
Roll forward two months? WTF happened? Blown out in the national championship game and Te’o? Oh Te’o? How is he going to get out of this whole Catfish thing over his fake dead girlfriend. This story just blows my mind. How did it take the media so long to find this out? I mean this is not only embarrassing to Te’o but also every news media outlet that blindly covered this story several months ago. So many holes now that it is spelled out but no one caught on. Crazy!