If there is one thing that really cheeses me off then it is keeping on trying and not making any decent progress. For the last ten months this has been the case with my Nikon D3200 – success rate of excellent shots below the 1% mark. Now I give up, I’ll get some books and do this properly.
I am, despite the intro to this post, still convinced that the Nikon D3200 is a fantastic camera to get into digital photography. Being a very analytical person (usually), I sat down the last couple of days and made some notes on why I was not that happy with the results of my photo shooting sessions. “Not that happy” is a major understatement, I am more than seriously annoyed. What happened?
Back in November 2014 I decided that sharing a camera with my partner was not ideal, especially with me wanting to take pictures of yachts, sailing action, boat details or other maritime items all the time, while she preferred the electronic freezing of our kids’ actions. So the next steps were:
- buying a Nikon D3200
- set mode to automatic
- and shoot lots of pics.
The result, not a big surprise: lots of pics, mostly garbage. Auto focus not crystal clear, too bright, too dark, too hazy, too everything, success rate according to my quality expectations: near zero. Once again, some more steps:
- play around and test other options
- change lots of the settings
- shoot lots of pics.
The result this time: still a huge number of mostly useless pics, my success rate with shots I really liked and wanted to keep was, well, rather tiny. In addition to a growing sense of annoyance I realized that despite some pretty cool shots I did not have a clue as to how I managed to get those “good ones”. Too much fooling around with the settings without making notes on what I’d done. Aahh, beginner’s mistake, I hate it.
Within this post I have included some of the pictures I liked in recent months, some of my so-called “success rate”. My goal now is to get to a point where I can confidently, calmly and especially repeatedly get results similar to the ones included here. So, another brief bullet list of next steps:
- get a book or two on the technical background of (digital) photography
- make notes of what I am doing with the camera
- talk to some experts, or book a course.
Sounds like a plan.
By the way: Any feedback, hint, tip, pointer in the direction of quality pics is highly appreciated. As you might see from the pics here I prefer close-ups over the big picture. Ok, I’ll get properly started first and think about preferences, etc, later on. Thanks!!