As you know, I am a student of Shultz Photography School. I am in his Grads program but I also purchased his Photo Fix. Photo Fix is where I learned manual so I cannot go into detail as to how he taught it but the program helped give me a visual in my mind when I use manual mode. Eventually the settings became second nature. Now when I see a low number aperture, I think lots of light and bokeh. When I see a slow shutter speed I think lots of light but possible blur. When I see a low ISO I think low light but less grain. It is a bit more complex than that but the more you shoot in manual, the more you will automatically have those associations. Also, the more you shoot in manual, the more you will know which settings will work. For example, I always start off with ISO 400 in my house. If I am outside and it is sunny, I automatically start with ISO 100. If it is cloudy, I will start with ISO 100 or 200. Most of my photos are indoors so usually my camera is on ISO 400. Here are the steps for when I shoot indoors on a sunny day.
- ISO 400 (usually my camera is already on this setting)
- Aperture (usually as low as I can get it because I like bokeh)
- Shutter speed
- I start minimally with 1/50 (for my 50 mm lens) because that will at least reduce camera shake
- Adjust shutter speed and try and get my meter at ‘0’.
The same process is similar if I am shooting outdoors on a sunny day.
- ISO 100
- Aperture (as low as I can get it)
- Shutter speed
- Start with a minimum of 1/50
- Adjust shutter speed to get my meter at ‘0’.
In other news…I bought some attachable macro lenses. Here is a picture using my macro x10. I will go into more detail in another blog post.
Also, I apologize for not being around the last month but family has been in town all month and every bit of free time has been dedicated to them.
I hope you get outside and enjoy the beautiful spring. I love all of the flowering trees!