Do you remember the first time you learned to ride a bike without training wheels? If you're anything like me, it was a scary moment. The crutch of having those extra wheels meant I didn't have to think about falling, balancing or how fast I could go...I just went with only one worry of making sure I didn't run into a tree! In a sense, learning photography is very similar, especially with digital photography. With today's camera's one can quickly turn to the automatic dial and snap away all day, with only the worry of a battery running low or running out of memory.
Then there are the "dreaded" professional modes to the beginner of P (program), S (shutter), A (aperture) and M (manual). In the professional modes, you can begin to get creative with your photography, depending on what you want to do. Some allow limited changes to setting, and one in particular, puts you in the drivers seat with no training wheels.
Today....my assignment was to let go of the training wheels and begin exploring in manual mode. In manual mode, I had to evaluate the subject, determine what I wanted to capture as a final image, then set the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO and shoot! Manual mode made me think through what I was doing, very similar to camera's from way back when. While I shot the original photos in color, I converted to black and while when I got home. I was shooting in an industrial area of town and wanted to capture some history. With some post processing to the black and white, I'm going to say it was a great first ride without the training wheels.
Next, I'll post some photos from my walk and describe to you what I was thinking before I released the shutter button.