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Tips for using new 35mm f/1.8 lens

mtyack

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mtyack Registered since 17th Oct 2009
Sat 17-Oct-09 07:32 PM

I just got the 35mm f/1.8 lens for my D60. I'm a beginner and shoot mostly in auto mode. But I have been playing with Aperture priority mode, trying to learn the balance between DOF, ISO, and getting a non-blurred subject. I have gotten a good amount of great (for me) pics, but I chalk that up more to luck. I don't have a handle on what I'm doing yet.

Are there any general settings or starting points for typical scenarios when shooting? For example, a lot of my pics are indoors at night in a medium lit room. I have a 1 year old daughter who is often my subject:) So far I have learned that with a small F number in A-mode with auto ISO, the camera pics lower ISO and I get a very shallow area in focus. Bigger F number, higher ISO deeper area in focus. Are there some general rules, like... "When taking a low-light portrait, I usually try f2.2 with ISO 800 with X/XX shutter speed, etc..."

Can anyone recommend a sort of "practice drill" I can perform to help me learn the relationship of the settings I mentioned above? Thanks!

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