So my frissy, who is a fabulous photographer, told me I have a good camera and I should learn how to use all the settings on it. She said you don’t have to have a big lens or filters to get great pictures, you just have to understand composition, lighting, etc. I plan to take a class when I get some free time, and I have been looking into where I can learn how to use the camera I have more effectively. I’m really not so much interested in being a photographer, but I am interested in learning how to take sharper pictures for my blog.

I have been reading the owner’s manual that came with my camera and trying to decipher what the heck the instructions are trying to instruct me to do. However, if  you know nothing about photography, like me, this is like trying to read a foreign language you never learned how to even speak… For example : I was trying to read about how to take a close up picture. The instruction manual says “for stationary subjects indoors… sensitivity lowered to avoid interference.. but they don’t say how to lower the sensitivity… Then it goes on to say “maximum level for ISO sensitivity can also be set (then they refer me to P.51). The instructions go on to say “If the maximum level is set to ‘800’ or ‘1250’, this will reduce to ‘640’ when using the flash.” What the h##l does that mean? See what I mean? No, I need someone to show me how to do all this and explain to me what all this means…

I will find a class/teacher, that I can afford, for my Lumix 10x Panasonic DMC-TZ3 camera…hopefully, sooner than later. I did find a one day workshop that I got real excited about until I found out it is held in Rockport, Maine. Not only that but the workshop costs $175.00 tuition, $55.00 non-refundable application fee, $300.00 course deposit, and a $100.00 lodging deposit, not to mention flight cost, lodging cost etc…so needless to say… that’s out!

Determined though I am… so I just started turning knobs and pushing buttons on my little Lumix 10x camera, and lo and behold I found some little picture symbols within some of the settings on my camera. Who knew? Why do they hide them like that? So I saw one that was a picture of a dog… I pushed that and the word “pet” showed up under the picture of the dog… I thought to myself, this must be the setting for taking a picture of  your pet…! Again why do they hide it..? How was I to know? Anyway, I got real excited and went looking for my precious pet, Carmen. And this is what I got when I took her picture using the “pet” setting…


I think that is pretty clear and sharp don’t you?

Well, now I’m thinking I’m on to something so of course I had to keep taking her picture to see if they keep getting better and better. Carmen, however, was not interested in sitting for a photo session for me. No, she wanted to go take another nap… but I was not letting her off that easy. I had my camera set on “pet” setting so I had to take pictures of my pet right? Right, and I did. See, here is another picture taken on the “pet setting… 🙂


and another, you can see she is really losing interest in my excitement… but I don’t care, I need to practice now… sorry Carmen…


Finally, she hit her little paw on the bed as if to say… would you please STOP!!! Touchy little princess isn’t she?


After Carmen got so annoyed with me I gave up and left her alone to take her nap… not that I was going to give up, but because I happened to notice a symbol/picture of a plate of food next to the “pet” symbol/picture… Imagine my surprise when pushed it and the word “food” came up under the symbol/picture… OMG!! A “food” setting!!!

I’m off to the kitchen to take pictures of dinner…! I figure I saved myself $630.00 of what it would have cost me to go to the workshop in Rockport Maine, not counting the travel costs…! All I have to do now is keep practicing, and I know how to do that… 🙂

Stay tuned!

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bill
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 22:47:27

    I always love to save money, good job honey.



  2. katsbynp
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 00:51:12

    Reading the instruction book sometimes is like trying to read Greek. We had to do that as our first assignment and at some spots I had no idea of what they were trying to convey. I think that our pets both probably get bored with our putting cameras in their face! Great pictures! The best way to learn is to use it. You must post the food pictures.
    One idea is if you do get stuck go on Amazon and look for books written about your camera. They explain it in simple terms. I actually got one that was used on the site for 4.00. Thanks for sharing.


    • beyondcinderella
      Mar 24, 2014 @ 01:11:16

      Thanks for the tip Kathy. I really do need to find one of those … my camera for dummies type of books… very simple that shows me how to connect the dots… Thanks for your continued comments and support. xoxo


  3. Ellen Kaufman
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 16:00:22

    I think your pictures are beautiful that you have taken….no classes need for me to enjoy them anymore than I do. Thank you very much!!!!<3


  4. gotham girl
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 17:20:35

    Oh my! You got out the manual? I could NEVER understand those things. Like Kathy said…go to amazon and buy a used book on your camera type. Often you can find You tube videos as well if you google. LOVE the capture of Carmen – second one! Great job! Just use your camera every day…that’s the best advice ever! xoxoxo more!


    • beyondcinderella
      Mar 25, 2014 @ 18:30:42

      Thanks frissy, I am trying to use my camera everyday to capture pretty pictures for my blog, and I’m searching for the “Lumix for dummies” book. I know it will all come together soon so I’ll just keep practicing.. xoxo


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