Why learn photography?

Sure, we can use our camera in the automatic mode, and we will get some very good results from it, too. Unfortunately, the odds are against the camera taking that one best image for us.

Here are 15 photographs, all visually different from the other in how the water looks. Go back and forth between them, which one do you like the best?

1/100 @ f/4.5

For whatever reason, out of all these 15 different choices, only ONE image will really stand out as being better than the others. 

Sometimes it's only slightly better, while other times it wins by a country mile.

By simple odds, I only have a 1-in-15 chance that my camera's computer-program will choose that  particular exposure for me.

In fact, the camera is programmed to not give a blurry photo, so it will select a fast  Shutter-Speed for me, one where the water freezes in action.

Personally, I like the blurred "angel hair"  effect of moving water. 

ISO, Shutter-Speed and Aperture.

These are 3 properties which govern all of photography, be it film/digital, manual/automatic. With a waterfall, it's generally the Shutter-Speed  which has the greatest visual impact to our  image. 

That's why people get into photography.

To create that image which matches (or even exceeds) what we are already picturing in that wonderful creative imagination of ours.

Cameras don't have that spark of imagination humans do, they just follow programming and from personal experience, I know it would give me exactly what I didn't  want.

That's where we step in and set things ourselves. Photography is NOT  hard to learn, it just takes time and practice. People can start their journey with a simple mobile device and work their way up from there.

Plenty of apps exist to give the user at least some  measure of camera control with their mobile device. So download a good, free version and try it out. If you want to take things further with new equipment, a whole new world awaits, but it's certainly not necessary.

Just relax, no one is born knowing this stuff and in today's world, a wealth of information is easily available at your fingertips. These pages are just a small part of that.

Yes, you will make mistakes. We all did and we still do, but it's the thrill of the chase and the moment when you set everything yourself and get a photograph that just blows you away.

So let's get going, we've got a few things to cover...

"Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I'm going to take tomorrow."

Imogen Cunningham

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