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Overcoming Experimentation Anxiety with Digital

If you are a regular reader of Earthbound Light, you probably know that I bought a Nikon D100 some months ago. Blurred Snow Geese at Bosque del ApacheOne of the many nice things about it is that I am more comfortable trying things that I might not have when shooting with film.

Interested in creatively blurring subject movement? No problem. Try shooting at different shutter speeds to see what happens. Tricky lighting situation? Try something. If you don't like the results, try something else. Avalanche Lilies, Olympic National ParkMany situations lend themselves to experimentation in this way with a digital camera. You may just come back with some images that you likely wouldn't have gotten any other way.

Even just as a learning exercise, the benefits are amazing. Curious about how many stops of light your camera is capable of recording? Meter on a white wall and take a shot. Keep adjusting the aperture or shutter speed while taking more shots. For each image, examine the histogram to evaluate your exposure. Want to know how well your new vibration reduction lens works on a tripod or monopod? Take some images and find out.

If you are shooting digital, get your camera out and fire away and see what happens. When you're done, simply delete what you don't want or just reformat the CF card.

Try that with film.

Date posted: August 10, 2003


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