Ok, so I took your advice and jumped in manual last night. I had tried messing with it on my own, and boy did I feel STUPID. Apparently I need a LOT of direction! We are running low on extra $ this month, so "Understanding Exposure" is going to have to wait. We just can't afford it. The only library that has it is 40 miles away, so that's out of the question too. And, I can't see the pics in the tutorial here at work (the only place I have internet), but I did print on learning about ISO, Ap, and Shutter Speed. I worked with the light meter last night, and I feel like I might have learned a little something! I will share pics asap, but they are going to be goofy ones b/c Ruthie's face was dirty, and Randall would NOT pose for the camera. UGH! I tried the cat again, and she just wanted to purr all over me, so they will be random shots.
My questions are
1) Is the light meter, the best way to get a good shot?
2) When it comes to being outside, do I have to mess with the ISO a lot, or is a low ISO the best way to go? I played with all, but it really didn't make a difference, unless I got it really high.
3) With my D90, when my whites are blown, or soemthing is really bright (light my lightning shot) black spots blink on my whites. What does that mean? Is that telling me my whites are blown? I don't know where to look in my manual.
I really appreciate all the help ladies. I am looking forward to playing some more soon. I told Randall I have to learn this camera. It's driving me nuts havning it, and not having time to play.
I recommend reading your manual cover to cover if you haven't done so already. It's free and you've already got it. Some of your questions may be answered in your manual.
The blinking on your viewer shows blown highlights. If you've got a lot of it, you've overexposed your photograph and should either raise your shutter speed, lower your ISO, or close your aperture (higher number).
Your outdoor ISO will change from situation to situation. In the shade you may choose something like ISO 200-400 and in full sun you can choose Low ISO or 100. It will also depend on the depth of field you want. If you're shooting an ap of 11, your ISO will likely have to be higher than if you're shooting an ap of 2.8
You always want to choose the lowest ISO possible to have the shutter speed you want/need. AP is the most artistic choice you make and affects the depth of field.
You don't need Understanding Exposure to learn about how to properly and artistically expose a picture. I bought the book about 3 months into having my camera and already knew almost everything in the book. LOL! The internet has a wealth of information.
a few links:
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I think Amber has already covered it. I too have a D90 and outside, I don't hardly ever move it out of the 200 iso range. Inside, I don't go above 500 with out using a flash. I hate noise!
Amber pretty much covered it. But good for you for practicing!
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I just wanted to add that you don't need to set up official shoots to practice. It is great practice to try and get good shots out of ordinary life. Pick up your camera everyday and you will learn quickly!