The Beginning

I started my photographic journey with an inexpensive, hand-me-down, point and shoot camera. It was a Canon A85. Its best feature was that it allowed manual control. A lot of point and shoot cameras don’t have manual control but this one did which helped me learn the basics of photography. If that's your goal then find, buy, steal a camera that allows manual control. Aperture, shutter speed, and ISO are never going to make sense if you can’t control them and see the affects they have on an image. If you want to begin learning photography start with a camera that allows you to pick the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. You don’t have to know what any of those things are right now, but make sure your camera can at least do that.

Once you have the camera in your hands, read the manual. Then read it again. Make sure you know how to handle your camera. How do I change the Aperture? Shutter speed? ISO? Manual focus? etc… These are all questions you should be able to answer. Every camera is different and it's important to know how your camera functions. Then you will be able to focus on taking pictures instead of wondering where you have to go in the menu system to change that key setting you want to use. Of course the best way to get to know your camera is to go out and use it. There's no substitute for time behind the lens. So get out there and shoot!


This is the first picture I could find taken with my A85. It's the first batter of Game 4 of the 2004 World Series. Johnny Damon is at the plate. He hit a home run in this at bat that later proved to be ther game winning run. Not a great night for us Cardinal fans.