So at the moment i'm getting a lot of questions asking what camera I use, I now use a canon 600D as of christmas thank you Aaron! but my first DSLR was a nikon D3000 which really is a beginners dslr, and I then went onto using the canon 500D, all of my blog photos taken before christmas I used this camera. I did photography A level and photographed a wedding two years ago and i'm currently doing a media degree where we use canon 550D's, so i've learnt quite a bit about these beautiful cameras. You by no means have to have a fancy camera to be a blogger, i've always been passionate about photography so i'm very interested in them and my DSLR's aren't just for blogging purposes, just to put that out there.
Geeky knowledge - did you know that DSLR stands for digital single lens reflex?
Changing the different settings in manual mode / tips and tricks
To change your camera into manual mode turn the dial to the 'M' setting.
Manual mode is made up of a triangle of three things - shutter speed, aperture and ISO and all of these can work together to create a well balanced image.
Shutter speed - Shutter speed is how fast the cameras shutter opens and closes, so a fast shutter speed can capture action shots crisply, and a low shutter speed can capture 'motion blur' where you can see blurred movements. Never go below 1/25 if you're not on a tripod as this is the point where you can see camera shake and blur your photos, this is my biggest tip for shutter speed. Also the slower your shutter speed the lighter your photos will be because the lens is letting light hit the sensor for longer, so if you're taking photos and have a low aperture and wondering why your image is still dark try cranking down the shutter speed a tad.
ISO - this is how sensitive the sensor is to light, the Canon 600D's ISO ranges from 100 - 6400 and these can be used in different ways, for example iso 100 means that the sensor isn't very sensitive to light so you would use this is good lighting conditions for example a sunny day. Now, the higher the ISO the grainier the images will become so with ISO 1600 - 6400 they will be extremely grainy in comparison to ISO 100, yet it will be more sensitive to light so this is perfect for situations such as gig photography.When taking my blog photos, if I can't get them light enough at ISO 100 indoors I will always bring it up to around ISO 400 maximum, and this can make such a difference to how light your images are and because the ISO isn't extremely high the images won't be grainy. To change the ISO on the canon 600D there's a circular button behind the shutterspeed on top of the camera which says 'ISO' push this once and all your options will come onto the screen, you can then select which one you want to use by using the arrows < > and pressing 'set' (the little keypad on the back of the camera you use to scroll through photo's you've taken)
If you would like some editing tips, or other photography related posts please let me know what you would like to read and i'll cook something up!