You may be asking...well, why would you want to do that with all the technology available today on DSLR cameras? The best way that I know how to explain it, is to compare it to learning, math two ways. When learning math in elementary school, we were never allowed to use calculators. We were taught to learn multiplication and division to rote, and use paper, pencil and basic concepts to figure out harder problems. Later in High School, with the aid of calculators, I could do these simple tasks much easier and faster, but if the situation ever arose that I didn't have these aids available to me, I could always go back to basics to complete the task at hand.
To me, photography is similar in a backwards kind of way, in that it's important to learn the basics of exposure, aperture, lighting, composition and shutter speed; but, with programs like photoshop, lightroom and others, it's also very easy, to shoot in RAW all day, with the intention of fixing it and cropping it when you get home, if it's not exacly what you intended. So what's the problem you ask? Well, here comes "backwards"; If you don't know it yet, post processing can be very very time consuming, especially when you have a ton of photos to process! If you ever get into a photographing for business, the post processing time alone (if you don't focus on getting it right out of camera), can take longer than the photo shoot itself....chi ching, chi ching, chi ching goes your profit!
So, to make a long story short, its very important to know your camera and how to take great photos by applying the basics, it will ALWAYS come in handy for situations when the lighting is not in your favor or the situation is not what you expected, and it's also smart to try to get it right straight from the camera, so you don't have to spend hours doing post processing work, when you could be out taking more photos.
So, how did my morning go? Well, not bad, but I will be practicing more with this concept. I was only allowed to use one lense all morning and one Iso. I made the decision to use my kit lense (17-55mm) thinking it would give me enough range for the park scenery. What I didn't count on was the heat at 10am in the morning...it was scorching. Needless to say, I only stayed one hour and didn't get very far to explore more of the scenery available. My photos came out close on the lighting, but could have been better, but I love the richness of the greens. Below are three photos from the day, SOOC and after processing. The good news is that because I gave thought to my shots, the post processing only took literally 5 minutes to fix!
|post processed, by adding some light, and changing exposure slightly.|
|Post processing by lightening exposure a tad and dialing in some contrast.|
|Post processing, by adding some light and dialing up the exposure.|