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  1. I love that you put the settings with each of the photographs. I’m very visual in that way! I loved my old cell phone because I could put the camera in manual and get some amazing shots.

  2. These are all such great tips! I got my first DSLR about 10 years ago and I never really played with the settings that much until a few years ago. It definitely takes practice but I can tell a huge difference in the pictures I took 5 years ago to the pictures I’m taking now.

  3. Always love a good photography post! I recently just started messing with my focal point and it does make such a big difference. One thing I still can’t seem to get the hang of is shutter speed. So I’ve gotten lazy and been shooting on AV mode… tell me this is bad and force me to learn 100% manual lol.

  4. Thank you for putting together this guide! It’s exactly what I need since auto is my go-to but my DSLR has so much more capabilities…Pining your post so I can really dive into the details on the weekend when I have time to experiment! Your pictures are always gorgeous so I can’t wait to learn more about photography in manual mode! Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis

  5. Oh! That last shot with the sun flare! Gorgeous! (But I love sun flare.)

    Most of what you shared in this post went over my head despite the fact that I frequently shoot out of auto mode. Personal opinion but you might want to break it down even further with examples. I.e. This is what you get with a high ISO; this is what a low ISO looks like. (Or can look like.) Etc, etc… Of course, I’m exhausted right now, so that could be the problem.

    The thing I am particularly interested in is your editing style. I’d love to know how you approach editing, what filters you use, etc, etc… I just recently transitioned to using the Nik software and I am in love! Especially for HDR images. I’ve been seeking out HDR images from my past travel experiences just to take them through the software and see what happens. And since the software is free, if you don’t have it, you should definitely look into it. 🙂 Of course, I’m having problems with sharpness and noise, but that may be my shooting style … or I might be a pixel peeper. Who knows?

    From your specs, it looks like you must carry around a tripod everywhere or have a really steady hand. Do you have a really light tripod you take when you travel?

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