Shooting in Manual

Written by  //  May 13, 2014  //  Photography, This and That  //  4 Comments

JaneMeet Jane Burkinshaw a professional photographer who was trying to teach me to take pictures in manual mode today.  For those of you who don’t do a lot of photography shooting in manual means I have to tell the camera what speed to shoot the picture and  how much light to allow into the lens.  I could put my camera to automatic and allow it to take all the decisions but that would be too easy and who wants an easy life?  What I would have liked today was dry weather but we all know that “I want doesn’t get” so we had to tolerate rain.  It could have been worse, it only started raining towards the end of our time, but by the time we got back to the coffee shop I knew that I would have to re waterproof my jacket as my tee shirt under my jacket was wet!

There is a lot to think about when shooting in manual so it is probably best to shoot pictures this way when you have time to think about what you are doing, taking pictures of children is probably not a good time but landscapes would work.

We were in Knutsford which is a pretty town not far from Macclesfield,  Tatton Park, a National Trust Property is in Knutsford and our plan was to work our way towards the park.

Antique Shop SignWe stopped to take a picture of the sign outside and antique shop but then Jane spotted some Aliums on the other side to the street so we crossed over and I got these shots.


This is my favourite one but I like this one as well.


We moved on to an alley further along the street where I took the picture of Jane against a shabby door which at the same time looked good as a background.  I also got these shots.


I liked the different colours on the wall.  I would tell you the name of the plant if I had the first clue what it is but if it isn’t a daffodil, a rose or a tulip I’m a bit clueless. Maybe somebody will tell me what it is.


I’ve got no idea what this is either.   Can anybody enlighten me please.

It was time to move on to Tatton Park now but the rain had started so my camera had to go down the front of my jacket to keep it dry.  When we were under some trees I sneaked the camera out to try to photograph some deer, when I tried to get close they ran away unfortunately.


This isn’t a terribly good picture but it is the best of a bad bunch, it was very wet by this time.

It was a good morning and I realise I have a lot of work to do till taking pictures in manual is easier but that’s ok I don’t mind practising.  Thanks for an interesting morning Jane.

Jane has blogged about our session you can read it here and get some good photography tips while you are there.



4 Comments on "Shooting in Manual"

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    Mark May 13, 2014 at 23:57 · Reply

    Great photos Marie. I like your favourite one too. I would have thought that was done in auto!

    Very clever, lots to think of in manual. I’m too lazy!

    • marietait34
      marietait34 May 14, 2014 at 07:09 · Reply

      Thanks Mark.

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    Kathleen May 14, 2014 at 21:44 · Reply

    Lots of lovely photos. Well done .

    • marietait34
      marietait34 May 14, 2014 at 21:56 · Reply

      Thank you.

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