Lurker decided to try Manual mode

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m3773a's picture
Joined: 03/15/08
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Lurker decided to try Manual mode

Hi Ladies, I have been lurking here for over a year now (posted a few times too), trying to learn. DD just turned one and till now I mostly took pics of her in Auto mode because I was scared she will start to fuss and I will lose the shot. Now when she is on the move and wont stay still I have decided I will try manual. I think my photos are way off, the quality is horrible but I need to start somewhere. So let me post a few, please feel free to CC.

Thank you.

Camera Nikon D100

mode aperture, shutter 1/40, f4.5, iso 1000

mode aperture, shutter 1/90, f4.5, iso 1000

mode aperture, shutter 1/180, f4.5, iso 640

mode manual, shutter 1/125, f4.5, oso1000

mode manual, shutter 1/160, f5.6, iso 1000

I adjusted the contrast in PS in all of them.

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Joined: 08/27/07
Posts: 780

Cute pics, and a wonderful try at manual mode! My biggest recommendation would b to keep the shutter speed at at least 125 or so... little kids move so fast, it's hard to get a crisp shot with a low shutter speed. They're all a tad dark, but good job using natural light, and she has some pretty catchlghts in her eyes in most of the shots. All in all, well done (it helps that you model is so cute)

EL2
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These are great snaps of your little girl. I would highly recommend investing on a speedlight, especially when shooting indoors if you don't have enought natural light coming in your house. It'll help lower your ISo, which will lessen the grain in your pictures.

Great job on tackling manual mode. I would also suggest to read the sticky tutorial on here.

Amy_&_Eva's picture
Joined: 08/23/07
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She's cute Smile I like #2 and the last one for portraits, if you crop them closer they'd be really nice to hang up Smile but the last one is a little blurry.

Nice catchlights in #3!

I'm still new to portraits too and I need to buy a speedlight/Speedlite.....the 430ex is more expensive than the 270ex but apparently the bigger one can rotate as well as tilt, whereas the 270ex can only tilt.

m3773a's picture
Joined: 03/15/08
Posts: 170

Thanks girls! I have a long way too go, I'm bit scared, not sure why because the camera wont bite me but I feel very intimidated when it comes to shooting in manual.
I can't afford a speedlight right now, maybe one day.

I still need to figure out the whole WB, it seems so complicated, I need to find a book or an article that explains it in a very simple way. I bought that white lens cover looking thingy, not sure what its called, its for WB but I have no idea what to do with it.

EL2
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You can look into Bryan Peterson's Understanding Exposure.

Joined: 10/26/01
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I second El's recommendation of the Bryan Peterson book. that book did more for my understanding of the basics than anything I've read before or since.

I am BEYOND impressed that you got such nice shots w/ such high iso's. You do need to look into getting more light available if you want crisper shots though. There are a couple of ways to achieve this. One is flash. I know you said that a speed light is currently out of the picture, but you can still use your on-board flash if needed. If you need to use the on-board flash, I would highly recommend a diffuser. You can buy one like this (http://www.amazon.com/LumiQuest-Instant-Camera-Screen-Diffuser/dp/B000B5H2BE/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1268150584&sr=8-7) for under $20, but I've seen tutorials for making your own out of craft foam paper and such.

Most of these shots do look underexposed and even with the high iso, it seems like you had a hard time getting your shutter speed up high enough to freeze the motion of an active little one. Smile

You didn't say what lenses you had available. Do you have any lenses that allow you to open your aperture more? If so, that is another way to get in more light.

If you can't open your aperture more and you are not able to use the flash, another way to get more light on your subject is to move them closer to the light source. It looks like most of your light in these photos is coming from windows (due to the fact that the light seems to be hitting her from one side or another). if that's the case ... move her closer to the window. If you can, take her outside. nature provides some pretty awesome lighting, especially late in the day. early morning is also nice if you have an early riser, but I love the warmer tones you get in the evening myself. Smile

HTH some. It's good to see you posting - it really is the best way to learn. And you have such an adorable subject here. Smile

TFS!
GiGi

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Joined: 03/15/08
Posts: 170

El I have that book and it helped me to understand what I know now, before I had no clue about taking pics in manual, I didnt even know how to switch to manual. I will need to read it again and see if I can understand things even better.

Gigi I have a diffuser but it still gives me shadows which I really hate, you can see them in the siggy pics ( I know they are tiny) that I took of cake smash, I had to use flash.

Not sure what lens I have, lets see, Nikon AF Nikkor 28-105mm, Quantaray 62mm, it has normal and macro setting. Does that tell you what lens it is? Not even sure if its a good one, I know DH paid a lot of money for the camera and the lens.

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