Monday, January 30, 2012

Manual Monday ~ Aperture



I am still concentrating on the Aperture setting on my camera.
In this shot I wanted the background blurry.
The aperture is wide  (small number).

If you are using Auto settings..
try this.
Turn your setting to AV and then turn the main dial to f/20 and slowly turn it one stop at a time until you reach f/4.
Look at your photos and see the difference it makes.

I am not entirely happy with this photo.
It would have been better if it had not be backlit when my focus is on the pot....
but at least I know that...
right?
Any hints how to improve the lighting?

That...is what I learned this week.


I'm off to enjoy a day at the pools.
Tomorrow..
you will see with who.


all for now...

19 comments:

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  2. It takes practice with that aperture. I'm trying to do better with mine so it really helps that you are telling what your aperture settings are. This reminds me to look for a pot of tulips rather than a bouquet, too. =)

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  3. You have motivated me lately to learn how to use my manual settings!! And it's been going well, but there is so much to learn. Thanks for doing these posts. Now for your lighting, how about your ISO setting? What was that set on for this pic? Maybe it should have been higher?

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  4. The Pioneer Woman did a series on this at her website. Here: http://thepioneerwoman.com/photography/ She helped me alot. Also between her recipes and yours my family is well fed! I love you both!

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    1. Thanks Pam...I will have to go back and check her website again. I love visiting there.

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  5. Maybe you can use the setting today.....for those who want to be blurred out:)
    Enjoying these Monday posts.

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  6. Maybe you can use the setting today.....for those who want to be blurred out:)
    Enjoying these Monday posts.

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  7. I'm still on Auto...but am glad you are 'giving a course'. One of these days I'll be back...with camera in hand!

    Have fun playing in the pools.

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  8. We were taught at a early age about not unsung words that start with f. Please be really careful not to become offensive with those f stops.

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  9. Mary cracks me up. She sure is a funny senior citizen.
    (oops...did I just write that?)

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  10. I'm lost...but that's nothing new. I need to get my camera and go back before you get too far ahead here.

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  11. You are so far ahead of me with your camera skills - I thought it was a very good photos!

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  12. Had to laugh because hubby was just trying to explain the very same thing to me last night as he too is learning more about his camera....now if I could just remember everything he patiently tries to explain to me!

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  13. What is your metering mode? It looks like you have it on evaluative which meters the whole frame. This means it would have metered for the background which is much lighter than the pot and making the pot quite dark. If you change your metering mode to center weighted (I forget what nikon calls it) it will meter more for the pot than the background. Spot metering is even more centered in an even narrower metering mode. Try experimenting on your metering modes and see if it makes a difference. Bev

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    1. Thanks so much Bev...that makes so much sense and will make sure next time I meter on the main thing.

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    2. This tutorial blog post by Peter West Carey (Seattle area) helped me a lot in understanding metering.

      http://thecareyadventures.com/blog/2011/metering-mode-31-days-to-better-photography/

      Bev

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  14. You might also want to check out Darcy's tutorial at:
    http://my3boybarians.com/31-days-to-a-better-photo/
    She explains everything and has examples and she takes the fear out of going manual.
    And it sure doesn't hurt to get a prime lens like a 50mm with a 1.8 aperture...it gives you creamy blurry backgrounds to die for and the prime lenses aren't that expensive. It will give you some of the nicest facial shots too. Have fun learning!
    don't forget to read your manual either!

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    1. Ocean Soul....looking up that lens and Darcy's tutorial too...thank you so much.

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