Okay, my question has to do with what type of camera you take your pictures with? I have a Canon Rebel and I am learning more about it. Do you take raw or jpeg?
I feel quite humbled to answer any questions on photography actually. I’ve always wanted to take some classes but never have. I’m always trying to learn more from my photographer friends, magazines, and online information. But I will answer in the limited knowledge I have!
My camera of choice is the Nikon D40. Of course, this is the very basic Nikon SLR, but for a beginner going from a simple point and shoot to a nice SLR, it has been perfect.
I usually take photos in jpeg vs. raw. I try to avoid inside pics as I love using the natural sunlight. If I am inside, I tend to turn the flash off. I am currently trying to learn more about aperture and shutter speed and how this affects the amount of light that gets in. Like the photo below. I took this at sunset. The plant is actually green but came out black when I turned the flash off. It is fun to play around with the flash to see what you get.
The settings I tend to use most on my camera are the closest subject, auto focus setting. I switch to manual if the camera is not focusing on what I want it to. I hope that answers your questions, Tiffany! And if any other photographers have any useful info, please pass it along!