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    Default Very first shots for C/C

    I'm so new that I have no idea how to find what settings I used.... if someone will let me know I'll add that in.


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    Looks like you used Photobucket? I'm not sure if you can tell through them or not. I use Flickr and you can find the settings on there. Other than that, do you have an editing program? It could tell you, or you could just look on your camera. Usually if you hit the display button a couple of times while you're "reviewing" your pictures, it will show you.

    #1 - It's underexposed. That's why it looks so dark. There's really not any light on here where she is, so I suggest setting her by a window where the light is hitting her, and let her play with a toy while you do a little practice with your settings. I wouldn't worry about backgrounds or anything yet. Just work on getting your pictures exposed properly.

    #2 - This one is exposed better, still looks slightly underexposed. Just needs brightened up a tiny bit

    Pay attention to your light meter when looking through your camera. It will help you so much to estimate how much light is coming into your camera with the settings that it's on. You'll just adjust the settings based on what you see on the meter, and then on the histogram after you take it.

    You're on the right track with that second one! So keep up the practice!
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    I can't add anything to Steph's good CC, but your daughter is a cutie!

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    Thanks so much for looking!

    Ok - so doesn't look like photobucket gives settings and I've already deleted from memory card. Guess I'll have to start using flickr.

    Still trying to figure out what editing program to use.

    Another newbie question --- where the heck is my light meter and how do I read it?

    Tracy - Thanks, I think she's pretty cute too.
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    I think Steph said it all. Keep practicing. You will catch on! She is CUTE!
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    The light meter looks like this:

    |-- -2---1---0---1---+2---|

    On my Canon, it's on the display screen that shows the settings, and also when you look through the viewfinder. You want to keep the little line as close to the 0 as you can in most situations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kristycoulter1 View Post
    Thanks so much for looking!

    Ok - so doesn't look like photobucket gives settings and I've already deleted from memory card. Guess I'll have to start using flickr.

    Still trying to figure out what editing program to use.

    Another newbie question --- where the heck is my light meter and how do I read it?

    Tracy - Thanks, I think she's pretty cute too.

    To find your settings in photobucket you click on your photo- scroll down and on the right side of the screen you will see "Photo Info" with an arrow. Click on it and it will show you your information. I usually just share when lens I used, aperature, shutter speed, and ISO. Hope that helps!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladybugsteph View Post
    The light meter looks like this:

    |-- -2---1---0---1---+2---|

    On my Canon, it's on the display screen that shows the settings, and also when you look through the viewfinder. You want to keep the little line as close to the 0 as you can in most situations.

    Ok great, I have been doing that. Is the only way to do that to adjust the shutter speed? That's what I've been doing....
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    If your shutter speed is getting too low, you want to up your ISO. I wouldn't let your SS go under 1/200 right now. At least until you know how steady of a hand you have while you're holding and shooting. You run the risk of getting soft pictures due to camera shake. I have my fair share of those...even now You definitely want your SS to be double what your lens length is. So for my 50mm lens, I want to make sure that my SS is AT LEAST 1/100. I always try for higher though.
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    If you want to find your setting for your picture in Windows you can right click on the picture go to Properties then click the Details tab, this will give you everything you ever wanted to know about the image.

    I think your images are cute, no CC to add you've got some great advice to get you started.


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