Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Settings for inside photos in the day or eveningWent through some photos saved on computer and jotted down info regarding photos that looked that best:
exposure 1/10 sec
focal length 4 mm
max aperture 3.625
metering - spot
flash mode - no flash
exposure program - manual
white bal - auto
exposure 1/8 sec - better than 1/15 sec
Meter - Pattern
Outside Night - house Xmas
Exposure 1 sec
Meter - pattern
Indoor - DAY
Exposure 1/30 of sec
Max Ap 3.625
meter - Pattern
flash - FLASH, compulsary
35 mm focal length
Monday, December 5, 2011
Taking Manual Control of your Digital CameraFundamental features.
WB - WHITE BALANCE
Aperture - - Av
Shutter Speed - Tv
For bold, pure color aim for LOWEST ISO settings.
Base ISO settings on dark and shadowy areas of a scene, NOT the heavily lit areas.
Speed of lens - If using a fast lens f 2.8, you can possible push the ISO setting down a touch.
Consider the subject - if the subject is still, consider making ISO setting even lower for a longer, slower exposure
Fast moving subjects require faster shutter speeds and higher ISO's
How many types of light are present?
If shooting outside, set WB to daylight setting
If shooting a home interior lit with daylight coming through open windows and tungsten light from interior fixtures, then try daylight setting with flash to counteract the tungsten light.
APTERTURE AND SHUTTER SPEED
Look at the available light. A lot of light means a broader range of choice.
Think about the shot itself and the depth of field you want. For lots of detail at all depths, try dropping down to as LOW as f 22.
For a soft backround with a refined range of focus, open it up to f 2.8 or LARGER.
Sometimes you don't have a wide range of choice - So, the wider (lower number) the better.
The length of the exposure has a huge bearing on the outcome of the shot.
Look at the shot. Do you want it sharp or blurred?
Some subjects like city traffice benefit from long exposures.Try to stay at 1/60 of a second or FASTER when shooting handheld - And use a tripod for slower exposures. Fast subjects require faster shutter speeds.
try to avoid focusing on SUBJECT CENTER FRAME.
Monday, November 28, 2011
My Sony Cyber Shot H-55 Digital Camera 14.1 MPI love my Sony P&S camera and these are tips on how to take great photos using different settings for ANY Point & Shoot Digital Camera
Working With Light
SOMETIMES JUST SAY "NO" TO THE ON CAMERA FLASH Ex - if the light is coming from the same position as the lens there are NO shadows to model the subject. Produces washed out photos. If possible move subject under any available light and study the composition for a better shot.
*** On Camera flash IS NOT USEFUL for lighting up a dark room ***
TRY :Set at higher ISO settings of 400 or 800 (unless photos show too much "noise")
Steady the camera against a tree/rock/chair whatever as you press the shutter release
If possible leave camera on a hard surface and use Self-Timer to take photo
Use of a tripod is also recommended if available
WHEN TO SAY "YES" TO ON CAMERA FLASH
It is useful OUTDOORS when you have both SUNLIT and SHADED objects in the same scene.
The best COMPOSED photos don't usually have their subject dead center. Since the BEST photos usually have their subject in SHARP FOCUS, you should point your main sensor at your main subject, hold the shutter release halfway down, then move the camera til you like the compostion. Try to prefocus on something that is the correct distance from the camera and a reasonable mid-tone (a medium gray). Avoid focusing on something that is pure white or black.
If a memory card is lasting for months something is wrong. You aren't experimenting enough. An ideal memory card has 50 pictures of the same subject- 49 of them BAD. And 1 good picture. It takes at least 10 frames of one person to usually get one good picture. Group pictures require holding down that shutter release button many times. Try different angles, different heights, top, bottom, flash on, flash off etc.
Exposure meters in digital cameras try to make everything MEDIUM tones (think green leaves - that's medium tone). The solution is to get a lock on something medium tone in the same distance as your main subject, press shutter halfway down, then recompose and shoot.
Example - You're trying to take a picture of a sunset with the sun in it. Point at the horizon with NO sun in it, press shutter halfway, point at sun, THEN SHOOT.
P & S cameras have many different settings: Automatic setting, manual, programable, simple (easy) setting, auto focus etc.
Play with different settings.
Do test photos - take 20-30 photos of the same subject under the exact same conditons (weather, lighting, indoor or outdoor). Use a set ISO rating, white balance, metering mode, focus (multi,center, or spot), flash or no flash. Review the results and then retake photos again, but "change the settings" this time for comparison.
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