Who doesn’t have a thousand questions when you first starting shooting on manual mode? I picked just a few of the ones I get asked frequently. If I missed one please include it in the comments and we will answer it.
1. Why does my photo have a strange yellowish tint?
I remember wondering the same thing when I first started on manual mode. It’s your white balance. You can typically fix this in post-processing but it will make life easier if you can fix it in camera. You can read more about it here – Custom White Balance.
2. Why is the subject in my photo blurry?
There could be a combination of reasons. Check your shutter speed to make sure you are shooting at least at 1/125. Be sure to check your aperture as well because if you are shooting wide open then your focal point may have fallen on something else in the photo. Make sure you also have the ability to change your focal point so it is falling on your subject’s eye. Read more about it – How to Take a Sharp Photo
3. What equipment should I buy?
This is such a hard question to answer. One thing to keep in mind is that the equipment doesn’t make you a professional. If you are starting out and looking for a great inexpensive prime lens I recommend the 50mm 1.8. You can read more here – Looking to buy a DSLR?
4. Should I shoot in JPEG or RAW?
Just like what equipment to buy this is a personal choice. Everyone has their opinion on whether to shoot in JPEG or RAW. You can read more about the difference between the two here – RAW vs. JPEG
5. How do I get those nice blurry backgrounds?
That all depends on your aperture. This is another reason why that 50mm 1.8
is a great lens because the aperture can go as wide as f/1.8. Read more about it – Aperture – The Basics
6. Why is my image grainy?
That is because your ISO is really high. Typically, you can fix some of that in post processing. If your photo is properly exposed, the grain isn’t a huge problem. However, if your don’t raise your ISO high enough and your photo isn’t properly exposed then no matter what you do in post-processing the grain will look terrible. You can read more about that – ISO: Don’t be afraid to raise it
7. Where should I print my photos?
I don’t recommend taking them to your local drugstore but instead have them printed at a professional lab. Many of these labs have an application to become a client. This seems intimidating but you do not have to be in business to become their client. You can read more – Photo labs
8. I got my pictures back from the lab but they are all pixelated. What’s wrong?
This probably is because when you exported your image you didn’t export a large enough of a file. Double check that your resolution is 300 pixels per inch. Read more – Exporting photos from Lightroom