The lovely Charlotte from the Charlotte Callender blog (check it out) commented on my Brighton Seafront post and I offered to do a post on some tips and tricks for getting good photographs. I am going to do a few posts on this over the coming weeks so keep your eye out. If there are any subjects you want me to discuss please request them below and I will do a post on them.I use a DSLR camera so today I will talk about using this system but I will talk about different types of cameras in later posts. Now the most essential piece of kit past the basics (spare battery, memory cards etc.) for me is my 50mm prime lens (nifty fifty.)The reason I think that this is an essential piece of kit is because even though technically they are a bit of a challenge with practise you will get some of the best shots you will ever take. The nifty fifty lens is known as a fast lens and the reason, as far as I understand it, is because they have a larger maximum aperture which means the shutter speed can be faster which minimises the effect of camera shake and you can freeze action shots in low light settings easier. Also because the depth of field is tighter it is much easier to capture the main point of interest in your photo as the background of the photo will be in soft focus so your eye is drawn in to the main feature. Every aspiring photographer should have one of these and you will see a huge improvement in your photography skills after mastering this lens.Next I thought I would talk about the top two rows on the screen on a DSLR. When I first started photography this was so daunting and I wish that someone had sat me down and explained it to me. I will start from the top left and go from there.
- So the 1/60 is your shutter speed this means the shutter is set at one 60th of a second which is a medium type shutter speed. If you want to do something like light orbs you need the shutter open longer (the higher the number the slower the shutter opens and shuts) so you would need to use a tripod and set it to roughly 1.6 which is 1.6 seconds. Depending on the lens your using depends how slow you can have the shutter before you need a tripod. For the 50mm prime lens you should start to use a tripod from 1/50 upwards.
- The F number is known as a F stop this is the focal length of the lens not the actual length of the lens. The lower the F-stop the wider the angle.
- Under the 1/60 there is a light meter which goes from -2 up to +2 for a perfectly exposed shot (correct lighting) you want the light meter to be at zero. Sometimes you may want to have a photo over or under exposed but this should always be the photographers actual intention. I will explain more about this in a future post.
- Next is the ISO setting. In basic terms the ISO is how sensitive the camera is to light. The higher the ISO the more sensitive it is. You can see I have put it on auto for this photo but you can adjust this.I think this is enough for one post any questions please post them below and I will answer them as quickly as possible.
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