Somehow I have amassed over 50 followers without even posting a picture. I guess the time has come.

The most important rule I have read to date is “never put your camera in auto mode”. When I unboxed the thing, the first thing I did was put it in fully manual mode. Off the bat, I can tell you that it doesn’t matter how much I have read about cameras, it is very intimidating actually holding one and trying to adjust settings.

Last night was poker night with the guys, and I thought it would be a perfect time to go ahead and put my camera to use. I had a couple of drinks, broke even, but endured probably the worst headache of my entire life. I usually have 2-3 bad headaches a year and otherwise I am fine, but last night was the penultimate noggin burner. I had to call it a night a lot earlier than I wanted to and probably missed out on some good shots, but I guess that’s just the way things go sometimes. I have given up soda for a while, so it’s possible that cutting out something I depend on screwed with my head.

I was really looking forward to having a whole slew of photos to play with this morning, but it didn’t quite work out like that. From the completely manual mode, a lot of photos I took somehow turned out blurry. Yes, the Image Stabilizer switch on the lens was clicked to “on”, but is there something furthermore that I am supposed to do from manual mode to help with the blurring?

I did have one I thought turned out “okay”. Okay to me is probably miserable to the trained, artistic eye, so please don’t hold back with your criticisms; I’m only going to get better by knowing what I am doing wrong. The comment section is down there, please don’t hesitate to use it. Oh, and I don’t really see the need to watermark or name my pictures at this stage, so I guess thieves: have at it.