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    Default Sorry, one newbie question

    When you guys are taking landscape or potraits, do u normally use the landscape and portraits mode in the mode dial. or stick to manual mode?

    sorry if this question is a bit noob.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lemonaid View Post
    When you guys are taking landscape or potraits, do u normally use the landscape and portraits mode in the mode dial. or stick to manual mode?

    sorry if this question is a bit noob.
    If you are talking about DSLRs, we usually do not use portrait or landscape mode for anything at all. If you are unsure about using manual, how about starting with aperture priority mode first?

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    Program modes are not entirely useless. The program modes serve as guides for a start that determines exposure, changing particular parameters to fit the needed mode. for landscape mode necessitating a deeper dof the aperture is smaller for instance.

    While automatic scene modes are advantegenous in a pns, there is more control in manual settings in a dslr.

    I shoot mainly landscapes, and i mostly adjust the settings manually.

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    Program modes are not entirely useless. The program modes serve as guides for a start that determines exposure, changing particular parameters to fit the needed mode. for landscape mode necessitating a deeper dof the aperture is smaller for instance.

    While automatic scene modes are advantegenous in a pns, there is more control in manual settings in a dslr.

    I shoot mainly landscapes, and i mostly adjust the settings manually.

    Ryan

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    Default Re: Sorry, one newbie question

    If you understand the relationship between Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO, you can use any mode (A,P,S or M).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diavonex View Post
    If you understand the relationship between Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO, you can use any mode (A,P,S or M).
    I understand what each of them does individually. But what exactly is the relationship between them?

    Also, to all. I'm more interested in shooting buildings, landscapes sceneries. Most of the time the building or scenery is too big to be focused entirely. Is it better to use the wide focus, instead of spot or local in shooting such "grander" things?

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    Aperture priority Program Shutter speed priority modes are simple manifestations of what you would probably set Manually to get certain desired effects. Once you understand exposure - shutter speed - aperture relationship there's nothing to it.

    Just a bit of marketing hype. They learned that people love to turn dials and fix settings. Applied psychology. Hence the various "modes".

    Sometimes they get carried away. In the past, some camera models have been sold with:
    High Speed program mode
    Normal Program mode
    Slow Speed Program mode
    Last edited by ricohflex; 13th March 2011 at 11:26 PM.

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    i've always used Aperture Priority or Manual. i do all the settings myself... those are just "good-to-have" modes when you've got no time to change the settings, or too lazy to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lemonaid View Post
    I understand what each of them does individually. But what exactly is the relationship between them?
    Erm.. they all affect the recording of light.
    To start with: when you close the aperture let's say from f/5.6 to f/11 then less light will enter camera and hit the sensor. If you don't want to have a darker image then a) use a slower shutter speed; or b) increase ISO speed (sensor sensitivity) to counter this. Read the newbies guides again.
    Secondly: use the Landscape mode, half-press the shutter and see which settings are selected. Then start changing aperture (see manual) and watch the other parameters.

    Also, to all. I'm more interested in shooting buildings, landscapes sceneries. Most of the time the building or scenery is too big to be focused entirely. Is it better to use the wide focus, instead of spot or local in shooting such "grander" things?
    Doesn't matter much as long as your aperture is set to a value that gives enough Depth of Field. More to read here: http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tut...h-of-field.htm
    In addition, you may also want to read about hyperfocal distance (it's linked on this website, too) and manually setting your lens to it.
    Keep in mind: a camera des not 'see' any building, landscape, tree or person. All what the camera can 'see' are colours, patterns, brightness. So you need to verify what the camera is doing and whether this is correct. Especially when using multiple AF points.
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    It is up to you how to use your camera. But the fact remains that you will have greater control over the image if you use the more manual modes (AV/TV/Manual).

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    Quote Originally Posted by lemonaid View Post
    I understand what each of them does individually. But what exactly is the relationship between them?

    Also, to all. I'm more interested in shooting buildings, landscapes sceneries. Most of the time the building or scenery is too big to be focused entirely. Is it better to use the wide focus, instead of spot or local in shooting such "grander" things?
    Besides the aperture, shutter speed and iso thingy, the choice of focus point(s) plus the focal length, you also have to consider the type of metering. Good luck.

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    To start off. Start understanding each of the dial function on your camera. Understand some of the theory and at the same time try out to see the difference. Its going to take you sometime to understand. Feel free to ask question if you still have doubt about things. We are all here to share. ^^

    Just in case you need some reading materials. Click on those links provided below. It should help you kick start and clear some of your doubts.

    Camera basics - Commonly Asked Qns Like what is ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture etc
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=309544

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    http://www.amateursnapper.com/photog...position-rules
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    http://www.digital-photography-schoo...ps-illustrated

    Landscape Photography
    http://www.digital-photography-schoo...pe-photography

    Street Photography
    http://www.digital-photography-schoo...t-photographer

    More topics covered here:
    http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials.htm
    http://www.digital-photography-schoo...al-photography
    Understanding Stops and Exposure
    Hyperfocal Distance Table Generator
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