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RodW Registered since 25th Mar 2012Mon 04-Jun-12 09:54 AM
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I would let the light meter do the metering for you and work on learning about shutter speed, aperture and to a lesser extent ISO as these are the three technical must knows and that is enough to work on as there is a lot to think of when taking a photo.

Start with shutter speed. This also brings you to correct technique; stance, breathing, shutter release, panning. Shutter speed is about controlling movement, be it camera movement or subject movement. Learn how to freeze sports action and how to blur movement for creative affect. Find a busy road to practice panning at slower speeds. Grab a tripod and find a waterfall and play with low shutter speeds to blur the water. Understand the minimum shutter speed for each lens you have to control camera shake.

Then learn about aperture and depth of field; how to isolate a subject using narrow DOF (wide aperture), how to get all of a scene in focus with a wide DOF (narrow aperture). Maybe set your 50 up one end of a 1 metre Long ruler or tape measure and focus about half way and take one photo at every aperture to see the difference, find some online DOF tables. If yours is the 50mm F1.4, I was looking at it today. If you focus out 6 metres (there is 3.28 feet per metre) at F16 it said that the DOF went from 2.9 metres to infinity. Take some photos with a subject at 3-4 metres away at F16 and focus on 6 metres, select manual focus and see if this is actually true for your camera/lens. There was a time with manual focus when there was a ready reckoner on the lens barrel now we need to use tables Grrr...

Practice these technical skills and then work n your composition!

go for it!

Rod W
Brisbane, QLD, Australia

  

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