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  1. Cat
    Mar 19 - 4:30 pm

    I’m so happy to see this new series and would love to hear more about this white balance thing. It was driving me batty this winter not understanding why every picture I took of my daughter in the snow made everything look blue.

    • MARCEL
      Mar 22 - 7:13 pm


      Check your manual and see what it says regarding this. i’ll be going over this in more detail in my next article!

    • Kat
      Mar 24 - 12:31 am

      My camera actually has “snow mode” … I wasn’t sure what was so special about snow, but I guess now I know lol Funny thing is, I thought I’d never need it since we live in Louisiana but it’s snowed twice here in the last month so I got to use the special setting.

  2. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

    I can’t tell you how much I need this!! I got my Nikon D5000 last week and I am wandering around slowly learning things.

    Having you do a step by step to at least get me started is awesome. I’m looking forward
    to learning it all!

    You are great… ~hugs~

    • Marcel
      Mar 22 - 7:15 pm

      We look forward to seeing your pictures!

  3. Rebecca
    Mar 19 - 5:01 pm

    Hmmm. The only difference between the top 2 shots is camera settings?

    It appears that the first shot was taken during the concert, so house lights would have been off and the special effects lighting for the show are on. It’s an amazing shot. In contrast, the second shot appears to have been taken either before or after the concert, because there are many empty seats and it appears house lighting is on (not that house lights in such a venue are all that great.

    While I don’t disagree that your camera settings were crucial to creating that (really great) first shot, it does not seem you are really comparing apples to apples here.

    • Marcel
      Mar 22 - 7:21 pm

      Good point. I make a habit to take the least amount of crappy pictures as possible. I shot these before I decoded what to write about. You’re right, it’s not an apple to apple comparision. When I get some apples this week, I’ll give some better examples:) However, when I did show these shots to a retired photojournalist he just laughed with surprise. He was impressed and so was I.

    • Marcel
      Mar 26 - 2:32 am

      Holy cow! I seriously have never heard of a snow setting, but shooting in snow mode can be tricky so I’d love to see some of your snow shots:)

  4. Deb - Mom of 3 Girls
    Mar 19 - 7:26 pm

    I often forget that I can play around with the settings on my point-and-shoot – thank you for the great tutorial!

    I’ve been on Flickr for a couple of years now and love it – hope you do too! :)

    • Marcel
      Mar 22 - 7:23 pm

      I’ve been knee deep in some hefty projects so I’m excited to to be apart of the flickr community.

  5. Nanette ~ AMomBlog
    Mar 19 - 10:30 pm

    I’ve found my manual and am ready to learn. :-)

    • Marcel
      Mar 22 - 7:25 pm

      Good keep it with you! I still haul mine around!!! Best of luck:)

  6. Amy
    Mar 20 - 11:20 am

    Thanks for the great tips! I’m still getting to know my camera. I’m going to do (try) a photo shoot of my daughter today!

    • Marcel
      Mar 26 - 2:28 am

      Put it in the new 5 Minutes for Mom flickr group so we can all see:)

  7. Kat
    Mar 24 - 12:33 am

    I normally leave mine on auto or smart auto lol they always come out better that way than they do when I set the specific environment in the camera. The only time I really change it is when I’m shooting macros… I look forward to reading your series on camera settings!

    • Marcel
      Mar 26 - 2:41 am

      Amen. When you first start out, it’s so much easier to do Auto. I had told myself “manual mode only “after about three months of having my camera. I took so many fantastically poor pictures, but I learned fast. I can’t use Auto now, because it’s too frustrating. I’ll try to feature more comparisions when you’d want to use auto.

  8. Shan
    Mar 24 - 5:52 am

    I have been trying to figure out my digital camera for a year! (first digital camera, ever. be fore I got it, I was a staunch film supporter. LOL)

    I can’t afford a DSLR yet, but I would still like to take some nice pictures. I have a Fuji FinePix J150v. I have the manual, but still can’t get many great shots. LOL

    Thank you for this series.

    • Marcel
      Mar 26 - 2:45 am

      Last shreds of insanity? We must be kindred spirits. I would recommend googling your camera specs and reviews. You should be able to find a Fuji place where you can little more direction. If you have any specific ?’s let me know and we’ll try to figure them out together:)

      • Shan
        Mar 26 - 2:58 am

        LOL I’m not losing my INsanity, just my actual sanity. :P

        I will Google my camera. Hopefully I can get some tips. I love how the DLSR’s can make the background blurry but the subject clear. I want to do that kind of stuff with my camera. (I know, keep wishing).

        Anyway, thank you, Marcel. I appreciate it and if I come up with more questions I can’t figure out, I’ll let you know.

        • Marcel
          Mar 26 - 3:03 pm

          Sanity..insanity, in my family, it’s pretty much the same fruit.
          This link should be helpful:

          You want to use the flower mode to make the background blurry.

          Kat from above, also has camera that has a snow function, maybe she has the same type of camera. She might be a good hook up with for you!

          Good luck!

          • Shan
            Mar 28 - 6:45 pm

            I cannot find a flower mode. LOL Unless it’s the tulip/macro mode which takes horrible shots. I have been Googling this all day and can’t find much. I am going to check out the link you left me.

            And yeah, sanity..insanity…6 of one, half a dozen of the other. :P

            PS: I am still praying that the Canon or Nikon faerie drops me off a DSLR…maybe for Mother’s Day? LMAO

  9. Carissa
    Mar 25 - 12:41 am

    Love me some Marcel!! yay… great ideas here!

  10. Marcel
    Mar 26 - 2:47 am

    Love me some Carissa! Just getting back in the game! Good to hear from you:)

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  13. Lorie Shewbridge
    Mar 28 - 11:03 pm

    I’m really glad you have started this series. I got a Nikon DSLR (D90) for Christmas and really love it but am only slowly learning how to use all the featurs. I love reading all the blogs that have tutorials on how to use them. I can’t wait for more posts.

  14. Pix-ology
    Mar 29 - 9:37 pm

    Just came a cross your blog, very helpful info, will be checking back often!

  15. Melissa P.
    Apr 15 - 7:06 pm

    Just bought myself the Nikon D5000. Can’t wait to start taking pictures and learning all the tips and tricks to great photography. Thanks!

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