Monday, July 4, 2011
Get Off The Program
Really think about what you want as an end result
When I run my photo tours, I often get asked what exposure reading I'm getting. Rather than share with my participants the meter reading in my camera, I gently answer, "Why?" The standard retort is they want the information to make sure they're getting a proper exposure. At that point, I nod my head in agreement and answer, "It all depends."
Conversely, there are times when specific apertures are more ideal than those randomly selected by the camera's computer in Program mode. For instance, for a portrait it's desirable to have the subject offset against an out of focus background. If the computer generated aperture in Program is f11, chances are the background will be rendered in sharp focus. To prevent this, rotate the aperture to ƒ/4 or your widest opening to limit the depth of field as much as possible. The overall goal is to create images the way you WANT them to appear so get with the program and get off Program!
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