Rivest wrote in post #14496523
Rich, I'd say post them here, we're a helpful family
vinmunoz wrote in post #14496738
i second to David. You're already in the best place for 60D.
Can you tell us the problems of your shots? You can also post it here to better address the issue.
questionmarc wrote in post #14496897
no need for the manual - by losers do you mean spotty focus - bad lighting or bad composition?
for just pure picture taking all you need to know is iso shutter aperture manual autofocus points reading the histogram and thats about it!
OK, you got it!IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com …/44279927@N07/7288983366/ IMG_0263
I'll have to get back to you on histogram. I shot all these through the viewfinder, which is how I was used to it way back when I owned an AE-1 some 20 years ago! Heck, I'm still getting used to the fact you can even change ISO from picture to picture, rather than finishing the whole roll of film first!
I customized one or two things in the initial camera setup, but pretty much shot with the settings as they came out of the box. I used Aperture mode, usually f/2.0 or 2.2 for lower-light. Lens was the 50mm 1.8 II.
Below are some examples of what I was up against. First sets the stage. Dark background. Bass player had a red stage light on him, and he's wearing a red shirt too! Lovely. The young lady had two white lights shining down on her, and the guitarist had a yellow light on him. There was also outside light coming in from a large window on the right side of the stage. I have many shots that came out very similar to this one:
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In looking at this first picture after the fact, it looks like (a) it focused on the background,(b) there is also some motion blur in the girl's hand, and (c) she is very overexposed, as are the guitarist's elbow and guitar face - there's very little detail in the wood grain.
(a) I can fix by aiming better. Of course, two weeks later I can't remember which of the red dots fired the focus. However, I thought I had it programmed to center point all the time. This is where the manual comes in, too, as my focus mode was one-shot. I didn't even know about auto/servo modes.
(b) I also noticed all of these shots were either 1/60 or 1/80 shutter speed. Something faster would've prevented motion blur. Is this an artifact of Av mode? It's almost as if it'll drive down to the lowest "allowable" shutter speed before bumping up the ISO. So, if I want a faster shutter speed, my option is manual mode? The last I remember of my AE-1 was that I loved Shutter Priority, the faster the better!
(c) Metering seemed toughest for me. Default, per the manual again, was evaluative metering (the dot with the circle around it). Thinking that was too bright, I did shoot a couple with spot metering (just the dot), but then I got incredibly dark shots like this (although the girl was exposed much better):IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com …/44279927@N07/7288981650/ IMG_0223
, on Flickr
However, even though those came out quite dark, I found I could pull out a decent amount of detail in playing with the sliders on iPhoto. So this indicates to me that somewhat underexposed is preferable to overexposed. This also teaches me that I have a whole different avenue -- post-processing -- to learn. Last time I did that, it was called "developing."
Any other ideas about how to improve my results this type of setting? I'll probably be going back there again.