So I have been playing around in M mode for the last few days. I think I'm getting pretty good at watching the meter and adjusting until it's at 0. I still need to work on watching SS and adjusting A and ISO until I get the SS I need for the babies. But it's a start. I wanted to share a few from today. CC on exposure please. Also I'd like to ask you all what type of focus you use? Single point, dynamic area, or auto area? Is there a good rule of thumb for how closed my A should be based on how close I am to my subject to make sure both eyes are in focus?
All of these are SOOC. I used my 1.8 35mm
1. f/3.5 1/80 ISO 500
2. f/2.2 1/30 ISO 500
3. f/3.5 1/80 ISO 500
4. f/3.5 1/100 ISO 640
5. f/3.5 1/25 ISO 640
Danielle, are these really some of your first attempts at manual? You've done beautifully. A couple are a little soft, but these are fantastic shots for a beginner
great exposure for a beginner! 3 and 5 have great catchlights too but 1 is a little soft. I usually use spot focus and adjust aperature accordingly. If you want a small amount in focus then shoot WIDE open....if you need a lot of depth in focus then close it up more and more. laymans terms of what took me a while to understand anyways. If i don't use spot focus a lot of times the camera can pick the wrong object to focus on so you get more control is spot.
Great job on the exposure, Danielle! My biggest suggestion is to watch your shutter speed. It's waaay too low to get crisp pictures. With kids, you're going to want it at least 1/250 to avoid any motion blur and camera shake. Your crisp-est photo is #4, and if you notice, your SS was the highest. So in order to get your SS up, raise your ISO. I don't know how high your camera goes, but it looks like you have quite a bit more room to raise it. Don't worry too much about grain. If your picture is properly exposed, it will barely be noticeable.
And I usually use spot focus on the center focal point. I focus and recompose. I'm going to give toggling a try again, since I feel like my focus is falling in the wrong spot on my full body shots.
And here's a great explanation of DOF. You'll have to register (free) to view. http://ilovephotography.com/forums/i...owtopic=494292 .
These are so great for your first attempt! WELL DONE! I am amazed at your lighting too!
#1 is soft, but I am thinking it's b/c your SS was at 1/80. You probably could have upped your ISO there and then upped your SS. My fav is #5- too cute!
I toggle my focus points.
Sadie- mommy to Ruthie & Randy
I can't add much, but good for you for getting into "M"! Some sweet pics!
One thing you did ask about is proximity to your subject. Yes, if you're closer to your subject, it will affect the DoF even more. (I don't know the technical explanations, but it's like it exaggerates the effect.) Thus you'll want to shut the aperture down a little more. If you want mostly a face shot, f1.8 will usually result in only a small part of the face (i.e. one eye, but not the other) being in focus. But you look like you did great with the apertures you chose here!
Married Anthony April 2, 2005
Nora born Feb. 14th, 2007
Micah born Jan. 20, 2009
WTG Danielle for jumping over to M mode! Yo are off to a great start and have already gotten some great feedback. I can't get over how much your two have grown recently.
I look forward to the next batch a the higher ISO.
What a cutie pie! You need to bump that SS.
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