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Shooting in Manual – Nikon D3100

Shooting in Manual – Nikon D3100

One of my goals for YEARS now has been to learn how to shoot in manual mode with my Nikon D3100. I previously had a point and shoot capable of shooting in manual and was learning with it until it broke. Since then, I have not made any big attempts at shooting in manual mode with my Nikon D3100. For whatever reason, manipulating the point and shoot manual settings was MUCH easier than the Nikon D3100. It has taken me years just to figure out how to change the ISO quickly. And now that I have figured it out, I am kicking myself! All it took was one well written article online that I really understood and then I got it.

I’ve spent the last few days with my camera getting familiar with the settings and learning how to shoot in manual. I am still not comfortable quickly recognizing which settings I need to be using as is evidenced in my pictures, but I have confidence that this is the year that I finally get somewhere!

 Shooting in Manual Mode - Nikon D3100 by Life as a Convert

As a blogger this is fantastic because it sometimes takes me 10+ minutes trying to get ONE shot on auto mode because of where the camera chooses to focus or depth of field or poor lighting or whatever. Now, I will actually have a little bit of say in how my shots turn out.

Having said all that – I wanted to share my first pictures from shooting in manual with you guys and then continue sharing as I go along. Hopefully we will all be able to see my progress. These pictures show 2 of my children, Aybra and Losh. The pictures of Aybra were all taken at the park on the same day and around the same time, but as you can see, she was on the move. This gave me great practice with switching the settings to accommodate the different light. I find it very awkward to change my aperture and am getting it mixed up with the buttons for ISO. I assume youtube may have some tutorials that would help me but have not ventured there yet.

These are all straight out of the camera. – Learning how to edit will be the next step.

My first attempts shooting in manual with a Nikon D3100Aybra and her teddy.

My first attempts shooting in manual with a Nikon D3100Aybra swinging.

My first attempts shooting in manual with a Nikon D3100 Swinging…

My first attempts shooting in manual with a Nikon D3100 Ignoring me and still swinging..

My first attempts shooting in manual with a Nikon D3100Crossing a bridge. I had trouble keeping up with settings here.

My first attempts shooting in manual with a Nikon D3100Losh inside the house. Highest ISO possible. I never would have attempted this in manual before.

My first attempts shooting in manual with a Nikon D3100Losh outside. Lower ISO and a lot less grain.

Feel free to share any tips or tricks you may have for me. I understand the general concept of the different settings and am aware of the rule of thirds, but feel like I can’t always pull it off and do not have a creative eye when it comes to setting up shots. I am not trying to make this a business, but have always longed to take “pretty pictures”.

Do have shoot in manual mode?

Did you find it easy to learn? 

January’s Reflections (Quotes on Images)

January’s Reflections (Quotes on Images)

In my daily planner I have a section for “Reflections”. This is where I write things that come to mind throughout the day. These reflections often include thoughts, scripture versus to remember, things that moved me, or quotes. It’s nice to look over these at the end of the month and see where my mood and mind is in life. I decided that for 2016 I am going to share some of my favorite reflections at the end of every month. I have also decided to add these quotes on images. Feel free to download them and use them as you desire.

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Religion is the same - The details are the difference - quotes on imagesReligion is the same. The details are the difference.

Confidence in an action or choice will never lead to guilt - quotes on imagesConfidence in an action or choice will never lead to guilt.

I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly John 10 10 - quotes on imagesJohn 10:10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

Celebrate Progress - quotes on imagesIt’s ok to celebrate progress, but a completed task is even sweeter. Small celebrations create big/lasting memories.

Not knowing your purpose is sometimes a good thing - quotes on imagesNot knowing your purpose is sometimes a good thing… (I read a book written from the perspective of a pig.. He went on a trip to the south pole. He was intended to be used for food.)

Things aren't always as they seem - quotes on imagesThings aren’t always as they seem.

Surrender to service - quotes on imagesSurrender to service.

Once you are ready to let go of yourself life happens - quotes on imagesOnce you are ready to let go of yourself, life happens.

Circumstances can change even the purest of intentsCircumstances can change even the purest of intents.

Don't let yourself get too comfortable in anything - quotes on imagesDon’t let yourself get too comfortable in anything.

Cross-On-Hill-Stock Freedom isn't free - Love is abounding - quotes on imagesFreedom is never free. – Love is abounding. – Love is ALIVE

Use everything in your power to help people in bad situations - quotes on imagesUse everything in your power to help people in bad situations.

Always anticipate a change of plans - Never be afraid to admit mistakes - quotes on imagesAlways anticipate a change of plans. Never be afraid to admit mistakes.

God doesn't give up on you when he gets tired - quotes on imagesGod doesn’t give up on you when He gets tired.

*Images contained in this post are a mixture of my own and stock images. I have full permission to use all of these photos.

How to Grow your Instagram Followers

How to Grow your Instagram Followers

A question I am often asked is “How do I grow my Instagram followers?” – The answer is simple. It will require a little effort on your part, but nothing too complicated. Here are my best tips for how to grow your Instagram followers:

How to Grow your Instagram Followers

Define your NICHE. It’s ok to have a lifestyle Instagram feed. I do! But, feeds with a defined niche (think travel, food, yoga, etc) gain more followers. This is because people know what to expect. If you don’t have a defined niche, then try to keep your pictures related somehow.

Post CLEAR images. Instagram is all about photos. The better your photos, the better your chances of gaining followers. Avoid posting blurry pictures or pictures with poor lighting. Clear, bright, and colorful images get the most interaction.

Use relevant HASHTAGS. Posting a selfie of you in bed with the hashtag #food isn’t going to help you get followers. Use hashtags relevant to your picture. I find it works best if you use one or two of the most relevant hashtags in your caption and then put your other hashtags in the first comment. Take advantage of the limit and use at least 5-10 hashtags.

COMMENT on others photos.  “Liking” photos are important, but commenting is more personal. People often skim through the list of likes, but will take time to read the comments and who they are from. Comments show that you put effort into being a good friend/follower. Make yourself stick out by commenting. (Side-note: Make sure your comments are relevant and not considered “spammy”. Good comment: I’ve used that same curriculum. It worked well for us. Bad/Spammy Comment: Thanks for sharing!)

LIKE multiple pictures at a time. Pick a friend or pick a person that has used a hashtag relevant to your feed and like multiple pictures from that individual. Don’t forget to add a comment or two! Your name stands out when commenting and you may even get a shout-out for liking multiple pictures from an individual.

FOLLOW people with similar interests. You can find them by browsing hashtags or looking at who your followers are following.

INTERACT with those in your niche. Browse the hashtags that you use most frequently and interact with those people. Like and comment on their pictures. Ask questions to facilitate conversation.

AVOID posting too much or too many of the same image. It’s ok to post every day, but you don’t want to post 5-10 pictures in a row, especially when the pictures are similar. Keep similar pictures to a minimum of 2 and space them out.

LINK your Instagram account to other social media accounts. Whenever you post on Instagram, share it with the other social media accounts. This lets your followers on other platforms know that you are on Instagram.

That’s it. Sounds simple enough, right? I bet you are already doing the majority of these. Remember, the biggest key to growing your Instagram following is staying consistent!

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Do you have any additional tips for how you grow your Instagram followers? 

Do you follow me on Instagram?
You should check me out. Here’s a glimpse at what I post:

Chronic Lung Disease looks a little like this… #cld #specialneeds

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Finished Aybra a hat.

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I am early so… #selfie

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LifeAsAConvert on Instagram

LifeAsAConvert on Instagram

Are you following LifeAsAConvert on Instagram? If not, then this is my push to have you do so. (I follow back!) I have a “lifestyle” account and I make no promise that all of my pictures are perfectly lit or properly edited, but they are our reality.

You will see things like:

Kids in jammies doing school work (In this case Jammies = diaper)

This is what homeschooling in your jammies looks like when you take your jammies off every night.

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Pictures of my Planner and some planner haul items

Got this adorable (and very sturdy) dashboard snap in from @templovescrafts today. It fits perfectly in my planner. A photo posted by Life As A Convert (@lifeasaconvert) on

Homeschool Experiments featuring Hermie the Wormie

Our Ecosystem for Hermie the Wormie. dirt, quinoa, dirt, oatmeal, potting soil, pebbles.

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Me taking advantage of my son’s eagerness to help flat iron my hair AKA The time I put my life in his hands

I am trusting him with my life. 😱 A photo posted by Life As A Convert (@lifeasaconvert) on

The occasions I get crafty

I only burned myself once.

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Outings with the children

A #latergram of #specialolympicsarkansas A photo posted by Life As A Convert (@lifeasaconvert) on

Cute pictures of kid(s) in wheelchairs

And kids who can’t make up their minds  

He changed his mind about twenty times. He is getting a plant/flower….just not this one. 😂😂 A photo posted by Life As A Convert (@lifeasaconvert) on

Do you have an instagram account? If so, let’s be friends!
@LifeAsAConvert on Instagram!