DSLR Practice

I've been watching some manual photography lessons on Youtube and Skillshare to try to improve my DSLR skills. Wes bought me such a nice camera a couple years ago, and I always feel so guilty that I don't know how to use the thing! Every time I would try to read about aperture and ISO my eyes would glaze over and no information went in.

I've learned that I'm much more of a visual learner, and that sometimes even means just watching someone explain something rather than read it. I don't know why that's the case but that's just how I am.

So anyway, now that I've been learning a little bit about how my camera works, I have been doing some practicing around the house. Chester was the only subject available this afternoon but that's just fine by me because he's one of the most photogenic models I've ever seen (though I might be biased...)!

One thing that I struggle with is figuring out how much light a photo should have. I really like the look of bright photos, but in the past I have made them too bright (ISO too high), and then they get grainy and too blown out.

For example, in the photos below, I am drawn to the one on the right, but in my classes they have said to go with the slightly darker one to preserve the colors, and then lighten it up a little bit in photoshop afterwards. So I'm just kinda like...*shrug*. I think I'll just keep practicing!