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Welcome! Now Crawl Out of the Box

Welcome to Lens Lessons.  I am really excited to get this blog underway.

So what’s the point of the Lens Lessons blog?

Well, cameras have become so smart that many people just set their cameras on the full-auto setting – you know the one that’s marked on many cameras with a green square (what I call the green box).  All you have to do is turn the camera on and it will do the rest for you.  It decides the shutter speed, the aperture, sometimes the ISO, and whether to fire the flash.  After all, that’s how the term “point-and-shoot” came into being, right?

And some folks are completely happy with that, and that’s okay.

But, I suspect there are a lot of other people who want to crawl out of the green box and create photos rather than simply take them.  And that’s what we’re going to do here on Lens Lessons.  We’re going to share digital photography tips and tutorials so we, and not our cameras, control the image.

I’m thinking initially we’ll cover photography basics – things like exposure, shutter speed, aperture, and ISO.  We’ll talk about that most important photographic element of all – light, both available light and artificial light.

But these are just my initial thoughts.  Most of all, I want to hear from you and what you’re interested in.  I don’t pretend to be a guru, so if you want something that’s outside of my experience we may bring in a guest or two to cover it.  So leave me a comment below, and tell me what you’d like to learn more about.  I’d also like to know whether you consider yourself a beginning, intermediate or advanced photographer.  I want Lens Lessons to be as relevant and useful to you as I can make it.

Now, go shoot!

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