A&P Been learning my first dslr, couple pics

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  1. fallenauthority

    fallenauthority OT Supporter

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    I know these are nothing spectacular but I have been working on learning aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings and how the different combinations will effect picture outcomes, Here are two pics I took and im just looking to see that I am even in the ballpark with proper settings. I touched up colors on both pics in LR just to get some of the ornaments to "pop" a little.
    First pic is with ISO 100, shutter 1/2 second and f5.6, I had camera on a tripod:
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    Second pic is ISO 100, shutter of 2.5 sec f11:
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    Now my understanding is a lower ISO the less grainy a pic will be, so I would assume it is best to shoot at as low of an ISO as possible as long as you can compensate for the darkness of the photo by adjusting f stop and shutter speeds correct? Like I said I know the pics arent artsy fartsy or cool in any way im just learning my way around the settings. Thanks for any input.
     
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    Yes, as low ISO as possible, I personally feel stupid shooting over ISO 400.
     
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    Really? My 40D makes great looking prints at 3200. Just don't underexpose much and don't look at full size files at 100%.
     
  4. Wobistdu

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    f/11 isn't really doing much for the 2nd picture. try closing in on the penguins and blue ornament and shooting at the lowest F number or the widest aperture...

    get something like this... more interesting picture

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  5. Wobistdu

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    and i dont agree with shooting over iso 400 is stupid. i shoot iso 1600 often on my d90 and the pictures look fine. why not use it? better than flash
     
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    for pictures of your christmas lights, you want to run a slow shutter speed and a low aperture, with no flash. ISO 400 won't hurt you.

    in the pics you posted, it looks like you used a flash and it is completely overpowering the small amount of light emitted from your christmas tree.

    here's mine:

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    2.5 seconds at F5.6
     
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    Bingo. You can get away consistently being a stop under until you start doing high iso. Learn how to read a histogram, then trust it!
     
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    looks like you have a solid understanding of the basics. good job. takes most people a lot longer to learn that.
     
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    Antigeek Who Dat!

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    I love that book. It's probably time for me to re-read it.
     
  12. Wobistdu

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    indeed. such a great book. i should also re-read it. i need to re-read the part again about shooting in snow, since snow will surely come soon. i'll fuck up the white balance for sure
     
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    I disagree with this. Need to fine tune ISO depending on situation.


    ISO 500 WITH flash

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  14. Antigeek

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    Snow? :big grin:
     
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    Using a higher ISO is fine, as long as your camera can handle it and you have the proper shutter/ap settings. However for low light I'd prefer to use a low ISO and a slow shutter speed providing there is no movement with the subject/camera. I mostly shoot wildlife and I have no problems going over 800 ISO so that I can get a faster shutter speed. Again it all depends on how the camera handles ISO, some cameras handle 400 ISO and over like crap..
     
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    screw you and your climate
     
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    just messing around with 1600 iso and i think it turned out ok
     
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    Love this shot. I think my daughter has the same hat.
     
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    Using high iso to get the shot > not getting the shot
     
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    :bowdown::bowdown::bowdown:

    i would rather take a pic in a grainy shit iso and make it black and white than remembering it in my head
     
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    Thanks tits.. Your kids shots have always inspired my photography. I figured I already have an azn baby now I just need ur skillz :bowdown:
     
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    Took a couple new pics tonight using suggestions from you guys
    1st pic ISO 1600, shutter 1/60, f4.0
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    2nd pic ISO 1600, shutter 1/40, f 4.0
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  23. Wobistdu

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    i like #2 better. brightens up your foreground

    although it's slightly blurry. might have shaken during the photo. 1/40 is slow. gotta be rock solid
     
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    Yea #1 is much clearer than #2. But I like how in #2 my subject is much more in focus and the rest has a softer out of focus look. Im gonna keep on playing around with settings since im a hands on learner and eventually I will pick it up. Probably will pick up that book too.
     
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    You have the same theoretical depth of field in both pictures. But because you were closer to the ornament in #2, it looks like more of the background is OOF. That has nothing to do with your settings.

    Reshoot it at ISO1600, F4.0, 1/60 or even 1/80 shutter speed, and get as close as you can to the ornament where the camera will focus.

    Or, like I said earlier, get that book, read, and learn. You're just flinging poo at the wall and hoping some will stick right now. You need to learn the science of what you're doing.
     

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