Today on Photodoto.com, I’m sharing a starter kit/basic guide to shooting in manual mode, largely inspired by bloggers who are afraid to dive in… much like I was. Click on the image or the link below it to go to the article and see the infographic I designed — or read the transcription, because it does of course come with one. I care a lot about accessibility.
This is the first article I’ve written for the site since the previous editor left, and it marks the beginning of me writing about photography tips and tricks again. Before Marc left, I published three meta essays about photographers and the creative industry; I’m still quite proud of those, and will repost here eventually, but for now, you’re welcome to read them here:
- How To Alienate Photography Models In Five Easy Steps, aka the article that made me swear off checking comments I couldn’t moderate. I stand by every word I said in it. When I repost it, I may do it with a bit of commentary, because… damn. Just. Damn. This article was republished (with permission) on PetaPixel.
- Go Ahead And Call Yourself a Photographer, It’s All Right, on contradictory snobbery and what a friend told me is called prescriptivism, which I’ll read into eventually.
- 20 Reasons Why I Won’t Cover Fashion Week For Free (But Would For Expenses), an essay about not working for free, ultimately, framed as a real account of why I wouldn’t do that particular event at that particular time without fair compensation.
That’s it! My previous Photodoto articles (from February) are linked in the manual mode post, as they’re guides to ISO and white balance. Next on I’ll be telling you the things any photographer should keep handy, a good three or four of which I still don’t have. But I need them, you see? Also, this weekend I’m working on my business, and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop me.
I hope you like the articles! While I’m here, I would like to share my new comment policy as well, since it was in part prompted by the comments on the photography models essay and how it all made me feel. And if you like the above articles, feel free to check out the essay I wrote for this blog on misogyny, harassment and coercion in the creative industry.
Finally, if anyone has any requests for articles from me, for either this blog or Photodoto, feel free to ask! I aim to help.
Have a good weekend!