Want to get back to photography
Well... I take it that newbies do not know where to search or what to search for when they started photography, like myself in the past when I first pick up a camera. I wouldn't want people to jump on me whenever I asked a question (so far I am very fortunate, people here are patient and pretty alright, although some sounded harsh, but if you look past their comments, you actually learned pretty much from them too).
So I would try to answer their question to the best of my abilities (of course I am not really a qualified photographers and I admit that some of what I have mentioned might be wrong too), and not do something that I would not want other to do it on me. As an old Chinese saying, "己所不欲，勿施于人"
CS lurks some of the most talented individuals that never fails to impress me but sadly you might never see their works here. I was fortunate to have met some last weekend also, at first glance you'd not imagine what they're capable of, low profiled and very humble. Guess that's their secret: humility, because once you get your head up high, you'd not learn much.
Point is, don't give up, I've seen many discouraging words towards some brilliant shooters here, such as:
your photo is distracting! there's a mole on her face!
so what if there's a mole? are flaws are bad for pics?
Yes! Pls clone it off
Pics are very subjective, there's no saying yours maybe wrong or right but still, as long as the majority likes it who cares. So just keep trying, the bitching would always go on. When I started shooting with a prosumer (used up all my salary to get it, not even 10d was out yet) 10+years ago, I camped at the site via trial and error solely to get the perfect exposure. I'm still a newbie now as I was before, with the only difference that I know the settings now for many situations. Good luck on your aim whatever it may be! You'll get it sooner or later.
Last edited by dennisc; 15th May 2012 at 01:35 PM.
You may wish to read this up
The Ultimate Beginner’s Introduction to Exposure
I am sure he is a CS member!
I agree, some newbie may not know what to search for. I was once like this and I tried every possible keyword i can think of using google. I'm sorry for my comment earlier, I will be more patient in future.
I was just @#$% that Rashkae and to C&P the same message 3 times before TS could see it.
Want to get back to photography
Use the mode that you are most comfortable with. Though in most cameras Aperture or Shutter Priority mode there are limitations like the amount of exposure compensation you can dial in, so in this sense Manual mode more flexible.
I'm no expert but I tend to use Aperture priority mode to meter the scene, then use manual mode to adjust exposure as needed.
Actually, you just take multiple shots until you gwt a combination of settings that give the output you want.
Dude. The correct words are "bulb", "shutter" and "overexposure".Originally Posted by buzzmario
I don't know if I understand you correctly, but in general, the longer your exposure, more light will enter, causing the scene to be brighter, possibly leading to overexposure.
In any case, most cameras can be preset to shoot at a shutter speed of 8 seconds. Bulb mode tends to be more useful for exposure of over 30 seconds.
For firework, we normally use bulb mode because it is very difficult to predict the timing of the firework. Of course the longer the exposure, more light will enter the sensor and that might in term cause over exposure.
Note: There really is no actual timing to prevent over exposure in some scene like the firework, many variation came into play - things like smoke, different type of firework, location, etc would actually cause overexposure of your shots. Note that some of the fireworks that I took only had 2 sec exposure, some would easily hit 10sec.
some more info found in this thread due to admin issues
U using A55? It's a v good camera. Pls learn to utilize it fully.Originally Posted by eric8526
Follow the instructions given by fellow users here. They are all correct.
If u don't know how to adjust those settings, ask someone to show you with your cam or take courses.
No tripod? Go get one. not ex. Decent one no more than $150.