When you use your camera, do you know what settings are perfect for the shot???
I purchased myself a D60 and am far from figuring it out, but i am slowley learning.
When you guys are about to take a picture, do you know in your mind what settings you need to apply to get that perfect shot? i.e frame, iso, etc.
Or do you play and play and play till you finally get it?
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mtpenmaker Registered since 23rd Aug 2007Fri 26-Dec-08 03:58 AM
I'm not sure what you mean by "frame." If you mean composition, when I see something I usually have an idea of how I want to compose it and what I want the photo to look like. For instance, when shooting moving water, I always want as slow a shutter speed as possible to give the water a "silky" appearance. I also know if I want to isolate something, like a flower, against an out of focus background or if I want the entire scene in focus. I generally use the slowest ISO I can, which is 100 on my D200 and was 200 when I used a D40. There are times when, after setting up the camera, I just can't get a composition that I want and the photo is never taken. Normally if I get a composition that works, the exposure is the easy part.
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FE Fan Registered since 18th Oct 2004Fri 26-Dec-08 01:18 PM
I generally select ISO and auto exposure mode well in advance of shooting. If I know that I'm going to be shooting in some low light conditions, I might bump up the ISO a bit. I usually use Aperture Priority (or Manual with manual focus lenses). I will change the specific exposure settings (f stop and shutter speed) in anticipation of the specific lighting conditions for each shot and what I want to achieve creatively (depth of field, freezing notion, etc.).
Some settings I rarely change. For example, I usually keep the AF mode the same (Single Servo)and I usually leave white balance on auto, since I shoot RAW and it's easy to make minor white balance corrections in post processing. I usually keep some negative exposure compensation dialed in (but I sometimes change it for certain shots) and I will vary the flash compensation a bit from shot to shot as well when shooting with flash.
Hope this helps to give you some ideas for an approach to managing the settings on your D60...
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dclarhorn Nikonian since 31st Mar 2002Fri 26-Dec-08 02:07 PM | edited Fri 26-Dec-08 02:15 PM by dclarhorn
The more experienced you become, the more you will know what settings you want for whatever lighting and shooting situation you're in--and the more you will want that control to make sure you get the results you want. In most cases, I visualize the shot and result I want--and set the camera accordingly--before I take the shot. Obviously, there are some candid or instantaneous shots that fall out of that controlled situation. And, there are times I like to get creative and experiment, and I'll throw any preconceived notions out the window.
In some situations, you will not get a good shot unless you plan ahead what settings you need. For example, when I shoot the processional at a wedding, I had better be prepared for the shots, lighting and movement, or I'm not going to get anything good enough for the client. And I'm not going to get another chance!
In my work, I run into all kinds of lighting and problem situations. I can't afford, like some indicate, to leave my camera on any general settings. I'm always adjusting aperture, shutterspeed, ISO, EV, AF modes and more to meet the specific demands of the conditions. One of the points with this is that, despite the wonderful technology out there, cameras still have their limitations. An experienced photographer can make better decisions and tweak the settings for better results for difficult shots.
Of course, there are casual shooters who may not have the same worries or simply aren't after the critical results more serious photographers demand, and may just leave it up to the camera or mostly use some favorite settings. There's nothing wrong with that if it suits the person. We all have our own reasons and standards for doing photography.
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blw Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Fri 26-Dec-08 05:16 PM
Generally speaking I have a pretty clear idea of what I'm trying to have for a result, and with some experience it's definitely the case that I have a pretty good idea of how to go about producing that result with the various settings.
But I'd be kidding you (or worse) to say that I get it perfect - or even "right" the first time. In fact, I am a pretty slow worker in a lot of the types of photography, and I often "work" the scene pretty hard. As a result, I often have 4, 7 even 20 frames from a single spot, with different settings (more DOF? Less? Stronger side light? Use a reflector instead?) and/or different framing (landscape? portrait?) and sometimes even different exposure. I never did much of this with film, when it cost $$ by the frame, but now that flash memory is essentially unlimited (I have enough to shoot for a couple of days) and storage is not a serious limitation, it's a good way to experiment and also to get the best result.
Of course, in other disciplines - sports being perhaps the most notable example - you just have to be prepared in advance, or else you don't get the shot.
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realized Registered since 25th Dec 2008Sat 27-Dec-08 05:17 AM
Thanks guys for your responses, I have a LOT to learn, but eventually i will get there.
I just purchased my copy of "understanding exposure" and so far its teaching me a LOT.
I purchased my very first camera the other day (D60), this is my first and only camera, i have never even had a point-n-shoot lol.
It was because i fell in love with a D40 by accident when i took a picture that was great.. (its being blown up and framed now) since then , i have been addicted.
But that shot was lucky.. i know this. But no worries, eventually i will be able to duplicate it =)
today i went out and shot 500 pictures, of 8 things.. all with differnt settings to see how it came out etc..
i will (hopefully) eventually get it!
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dclarhorn Nikonian since 31st Mar 2002Sat 27-Dec-08 11:53 AM
You'll get it. Getting out, shooting and experimenting, is the best way to learn. You can read, and that's good, but it doesn't give you the instincts to react to a situation and adjust while you're doing it. Practice and experience will do that. And don't discount those lucky shots. After 30 years of shooting, I still hope for some of those.
It won't happen overnight, but enjoy the journey!