Just got back from DC. What a great place to take some cool photos. The weather was cool with perfect blue skies. Forgive all the wide shots. Everything is so big there!!
On a sperate note: I have a question. I made some stupid errors while I was there, like not switching back higher ISO settings from the previous night. I got up the next morning and was shooting bright sunny skies with 400 or 800 ISO. I don't like to rely on auto ISO too much. Or setting exposure compensation to -.5 or -1 while outside, then go indoors only to be taking very dark pics. Do you have a routine that you go through to reset things or is this just a case of inexperience?
It is so easy to forget to check something. Some photographers develop checklists that they go through before the start of a shoot. I am one who doesn't. So, I sometimes forget to check something like ISO or WB. The nice thing about shooting in RAW is the ability it gives you to compensate in post processing.
Some really nice shots, Mike. I love the library ceiling (but you do need to straighten it, it's leaning a tad to the left).
>Do you have a routine that you go >through to reset things or is this just a case of >inexperience?
I don't have a routine and I do frequently do exactly what you described, which is pick up the camera and start shooting without paying attention to settings. The only thing I can say is learn to pay attention to the info across the bottom of the viewfinder. You can set it to show ISO instead of remaining picture count, and otherwise it gives you indicators for exposure compensation and what not.
If you don't already shoot in manual mode, try using it a lot more. It forces you to read the viewfinder info, and that's a good habit to develop.