This month I made it my goal to figure out how to work the Manual setting on my camera - something I intended to do last October when I first got my camera. I made it a rule that I had to have my camera on manual, that way if I wanted to take pictures, I'd have to figure out how to use it. I spent that evening reading various articles from Digital Photography School to get me started.
The next day, my mom and I went to a greenhouse. It was just the motivation I needed. I figured out a lot that day, and have been practicing new things this whole month. There were a couple times when I was more concerned with capturing moments than enhancing my photography skills, so I put my camera back on auto. Generally, though, I switched back pretty quickly, because I've been happier with the results when I can control how my pictures look.
Mostly I've just been practicing how/when to adjust aperature/ISO/shutter speed. I've also played around with filters, the black and white setting, and today I finally meddled in the area of white balance.
What I really want to learn is how to get my photos to look light and airy like film photos.
Do you guys have any tips? Have y'all figured out the manual setting on your cameras?