Maybe it was earlier, before the sun shine was pouring in thou the windows.
My Canon 60 D was set on AF, Sport with no flash,
the shutter seemed to be extremely slow and
I didn't recognize my need for a tripod, until to late...
Could my camera have gotten mixed readings?
Anyway, I'm posting the following instructions to reference
for practice using the manual setting.
Your comments will be appreciated!
Settings for Indoor Photography: * Put you camera onto M for manual (this is the setting on Canon’s, not sure about other models). * Set you aperture to as big as it will go eg. F4.0 or F2.8. * Set your shutter speed to around 1/60. It is hard to shoot handheld with anything below 1/60. As a rule of thumb you should never shoot lower than your focal distance while handheld. Eg on a 50mm lense you should never shoot lower than 1/50 sec. * You will then need to use you external flash, if you can bounce your flash do this, if you have a catch light reflector built into your flash even better. * Take a few shots and see what they look like. * If they are not bright enough try bumping up your ISO to 200 then 400 and so on until you achieve an acceptable result.
Update 12/23/13: Or set the camera on CA ~ you can adjust the Flash (with or without), set on AFQuick, choose how you want to shoot it (single, multi or timed), type of lighting and background blur. Just don't resort to shooting on "action/sport" (that's what has been the problem)! Someone told me to always shoot kids on the action/sport setting ...Wrong!
is the subject for "A Personal Photo Challenge" (here).
Our assignment:"In this exercise, light takes center stage and commands your attention. It can be dramatic or softly caressing. It can be natural light or it can be man-made: backlight, sidelight, spotlight, candlelight, light beams streaming from clouds, twinkling lights, lamp light, street light, reflected light. There are so many possibilities, and you have the freedom to decide. But light should play a key role to support your subject or actually be your subject."
*** Managing time for this challenge was tricky! But I'm sure most everyone is busy this time of year... ...with a macro slant to this challenge, I finally got working. My first shot is a shadow on the wall ~
This lacy pattern was created by pointing a flashlight
through one of our snowflake mantel hooks (on which
we hang our Christmas stockings) on to a wall.
The above shot shows the result of having light, shadows. The next shot~
Is a closeup of the snowflake mantel hook, again the light shining through to the wall
the light is enhancing the subject. * I'm not sure I completed this challenge as instructed but I learned a lot about the importance of light in photography! * Oh wait, one more, this one shows the reflection of light...
Once again a fun challenge!
My gear, if not otherwise stated ~ camera is a Canon EOS 60D set on AF,
Canon Macro lens EF 100mm 1:2.8 L,
and I use Adobe Elements 11 for processing.
If you are interested in joining "A Personal Photo Challenge",
a link to Donna's blog is at the beginning of this post.
Thank you Donna for hosting this great challenge!
I hope you will join us for these monthly challenges,
you're invited to hop over to the other participant's
blogs to see more photos.
Comments are always welcome!
"Let There Be Light" Tips I want To Remember: 1) Think about the quality of your light. If the light source is intense, there will be distinct shadows that provide contrast. Be careful and don’t let the light source fool your camera meter. Use exposure compensation to get the image you want. Think about the direction of light in relationship to the camera and the subject. Change the locations of the light source, subject, and/or camera, and the image can be drastically altered. Think about the color of light. Is it warm, cool, or balanced? Control the light temperature in your final image by using your camera’s white balance settings to match the lighting conditions. Make further adjustments, as needed, in post-processing. 2) Other sources for ways to use light that Donna shared with us:
Use either a macro or an all purpose wide angle lens. A macro is useful if you want to seclude any one ornament or decoration. Where as a wide angle lens is great if you want to get the whole house into the picture.
It's also a good idea to use a tripod, as the shutter speed will be too slow for sharp hand held shots.
Set your camera on manual mode with a low as possible aperture f number. For example anywhere between f/2.8 to f/4.6 will be sufficient.
For starters set the ISO to 400. Depending on how dark you want the images to be, you can adjust this later on. It's never recommend going higher than 800 however, due to loss of photo quality the higher the ISO.
There are two ways to adjust the shutter speed. Firstly, you can focus the camera at part of the house that isn't too dark or too light and adjust the exposure. If you're not sure what I mean by exposure we have a tutorial on it at: How to use manual mode. If you like a darker photograph, then underexpose the settings by around 2 or 3 stops.
Or you can take a bit of a punt and initially set the shutter speed to around 1/50th of a second, then adjust it give and take from there. If the photograph seems too dark for your liking, then choose a slower speed (up to say 1/25th of a second). If it's too light then choose a faster speed. As the night gets darker and light changes you may need to adjust this.
Put your camera on aperture priority and set the lowest f number your lens will allow, for example f/2.8 up to f/4.6. Again, it's a good idea to use a tripod. When using aperture priority, make sure automatic ISO is turned off. You do want to choose this setting yourself, so you can keep it to around 400 ISO.