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Camera House : Better Pictures 7
Feature happy holidays darran’s Top Tips 1Use Aperture Priority (‘A’ mode) as much as possible. You set the aperture and the camera sets the shutter speed for you. It allows for excellent control over the look of your final result. 2Use f/5.6 for people/portrait images with a telephoto lens (around 100mm). Also, if you or your subject is moving, use f/5.6. The reason for this is you will usually be offered a faster shutter speed to help freeze the movement. (See point 6.) 3Use f/11 for landscapes or creative subjects. This helps to offer more. Area of sharpness (depth of field). If the shutter speed drops below 1/60th of a second with a standard lens or wider, consider a tripod. If a telephoto lens, you might need a faster shutter speed to hand hold. 4 Get to know your Exposure Compensation system. It allows you to darken or lighten your photo. It is a +/- button, found on most cameras. If your photo looks too dark, go to the plus range by one (one stop) and see how it looks. If the image looks too bright (washed out) go to the minus range by one. You will quickly learn how this works. 5Don’t be scared to use Program (‘P’ mode) for simple snap-and-shoot occasions or in particular for flash use. I regularly use ‘P’ mode with flash. The success rate is 99%. In time, you will learn other skills and different modes to be more creative with your flash. 6Use your ISO control to your advantage. I shoot as much as possible at 200 ISO. However, I will increase to 400 or 800 ISO for lower light situations. If required, I will go even further to 1600 and 3200 ISO. (Some cameras do not handle the last two settings very well.) 7Isolate your key subject if possible from distracting or busy backgrounds. Many nice looking images have clean and simple backgrounds to the key subject. 8 If your goal is to produce the best image quality, shoot in RAW. 14 012_Bpics7_Travel_v5.indd 14 24/11/11 8:39 AM
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