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May 27, 2009 14:01 |  #1
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Hi everyone, this is my first post. Im new at photography. This is a great place to learn. I have a 30d with 24-70. I thought that by having a better camera would help take better pictures but have found out that it matters what settings you make that will give the best picture. My question is, what setting are common to you, or are go to settings for example in a portrait with lights, outdoors with sunlight, or indoors like a wedding.


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May 27, 2009 14:08 |  #2

familiarize yourself with the settings and practice practice practice.


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May 27, 2009 14:10 |  #3

Crocodile101 wrote in post #7998938 (external link)
Hi everyone, this is my first post. Im new at photography. This is a great place to learn. I have a 30d with 24-70. I thought that by having a better camera would help take better pictures but have found out that it matters what settings you make that will give the best picture. My question is, what setting are common to you, or are go to settings for example in a portrait with lights, outdoors with sunlight, or indoors like a wedding.

Camera and settings aren't really that important you know. The only thing that matters is the photographer.

Go read : http://www.canon.co.jp​/Imaging/enjoydslr/ind​ex.html (external link)

After that, Understanding Exposure and other books will help. Camera settings are secondary to exposure settings, so until you know how to properly expose, don't bother changing camera settings.


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May 27, 2009 14:40 |  #4

My best pictures always take place while utilizing the "ON" setting.

Good luck!


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May 27, 2009 14:44 |  #5

After you get a sense of the settings from the manual and the above Canon site, just shoot alot and if things come out blurry or dark and you can't figure out why, send a copy and question here. But read the manual first! The Exposure book is great as well.


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May 27, 2009 15:31 |  #6

Practice makes perfect :)

Go out, shoot with all different settings and put it all down on paper,

Welcome to the forums aswell :) you will love it here, there is a lot of great people and helpfull moderators too!

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Ha ha ha. This is terrible. I knew the on switch option before I knew there was a canon camera. Is there a favorite Iso, F stop, Av or TV function mostly used? Thanks for your reply.


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Funny replies are accepted


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May 27, 2009 15:48 |  #9

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Ha ha ha. This is terrible. I knew the on switch option before I knew there was a canon camera. Is there a favorite Iso, F stop, Av or TV function mostly used? Thanks for your reply.

Stop right there. Go read that link I sent you first.

If you have a favorite ISO, f stop, or shutter speed, there's something wrong with you. There's only the exposure and style of photo needed, and if you like one style of photo, everything else is related to the style, not the other way around.


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Thanks for the link, I will go through it. It looks detailed and graphical in information.


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May 27, 2009 17:21 |  #11

Buy the book, "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson. Great book!


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May 28, 2009 14:33 |  #12

Welcome to POTN!

Many will disagree, but I think your best settings for learning basics are to use P mode with an ISO of 400 or so. This gives you a great deal of latitude and it's adjustable by using "program shift" for various conditions and various tests.

After you get the feel of P you might try Av mode.

Take lots of pics and experiment with settings. Shoot jpeg to begin with, it'll make things simpler.

As for picture styles, I usually shoot "standard" but you should experiment with the others. Here's a good overview of picture styles: http://www.usa.canon.c​om …style/shooting/​index.html (external link)

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May 28, 2009 14:45 |  #13

basroil wrote in post #7999518 (external link)
Stop right there. Go read that link I sent you first.

If you have a favorite ISO, f stop, or shutter speed, there's something wrong with you. There's only the exposure and style of photo needed, and if you like one style of photo, everything else is related to the style, not the other way around.

Seconded...

The only favorite i have is Aperture Priority because I dont really need full control for 75% of my shooting

I mean i have a baseline of what i set my camera to before i head out the door based on light, for example: ISO800 when im going after birds, Aperture Priority, and f/8, with +1 Exposure compensation set

Why? Because those settings work, Usually the birds are dark against a bright background, +1 EC usually compensates for this, And if its overexposed i can bring back 1 stop of overexposure easier than pushing an underexposed image 1 stop...if i have to i can push to +2 but usually +1 is enough for the shots so I stay about there...

If the light starts going dim, I open my lens up, if i need a higher shutter speed than what that gives me, i grind up to ISO1600, if im not shooting things that move or it gets exceptionally bright, I bump my ISO back a few notches to 200 to get lower noise...

Theres no -constant- settings for me...


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