While I was out hiking last week, right before I saw that big herd of deer that I rambled on about for days, I noticed a problem with my camera. Whenever I looked into the viewer, everything looked washed out. It was completely unsuitable to get any photos like that.
Since I was in a hurry, I changed to a mode I don't normally use. That seemed to do the trick! The color was much better! There was only one problem, and it was a big one. Most of the time I took a picture of a deer, it came out blurry. I have tons of deer photos, but most of them are unusable.
This last time I went out to that place, I noticed the same problem. I wasn't going to use the blurry setting I used before, so I stuck with the washed out one. It didn't seem so bad at first, but it was still a little irritating.
Then I remembered that I had been trying to learn how to use my camera better. I actually have learned a lot of new tricks, but along the way I changed some settings that I should have left alone. At the time I thought when I shut the camera off, the settings would all return to normal. All of the simpler settings do this. Boy was I wrong!
Somewhere in my mind I realized my mistake during this last trip there. I took a picture of the forest, and I was completely unsatisfied with it. Then with the help of my new understanding, and the remembrance of what I had done, I changed the ISO speed back to the default. I had turned it up too fast, and the colors weren't coming out well in my photos.
The two photos I have chosen today illustrate what happened perfectly. It was right after the first one that I discovered my mistake. The second shot is the one I took right after I fixed my error. They are very similar pictures, but the second one has the color I had previously lost.
With my mistake now corrected, this was a good learning experience for me. It actually helped me understand my camera a little bit better. The higher ISO speed takes some blurriness away, but at the cost of deeper color. A lower ISO speed, of course, does the opposite.
Even a mistake can be an excellent learning experience. I always think of them that way. I make plenty of mistakes, but I always pay attention and try to learn something when I make them. This was just another fine example of a big one with my camera.
And for any of you who didn't know about this little beginner tip on cameras and ISO speed, I hope it helped you. This is what this blog is really for. It's to share the experiences of a normal person that likes nature, and hopefully to help others along the way.
If you've never done any of this nature stuff before and you'd like to start, read my experiences. This should help you realize that it's actually kind of easy, it's inexpensive, and even the big mistakes can be made small. Just follow along.