Saturday, November 12, 2011

Stop! with the F Stop!

As you can see, I am still Playing with Manual settings. Above is using Auto setting.

F Stop controls the size of the aperture (hole that lets light in the camera) the larger the F Stop (F 32)the smaller the hole, the smaller  the F Stop  (F/3)
Use low for focus on single subject and higher for more detail as in mountains.
Using M for manual on Rebel, above is F/3.5  1/1000 SS   100 ISO

 Shutter Speed is how quick the shutter SNAPS! fast snaps lets in less light, slow snap lets in more. Bright Sun like this requires Fast Shutter Speed or you will get WHITE red flowers, Trust me on this, I KNOW

F/4.5  1/800 SS   ISO 100

I am writing this in Sandra Speak because all these things make me CRAZY, but you can see it does make for prettier pics. (do NOT say RAW please)  And if you set any of these three incorrectly for the light you will either have a black photo or a white one, I have these as proof but will not post since I deleted them.
Thank goodness we have digital.......
f/5   SS 1/800   ISO 100
I am wishing for the time to come when I will see a photo I want to take and my Senior Brain will think quickly put the camera on whatever is needed. for now? I have to stop and think and try and retry and by the time I figure it out the MOMENT may be Gone...

Just in case you were bored silly by all this techy stuff that I have no idea of what I am doing or saying, I leave you with a poem...

Hibiscus are red
Violets are blue
I have Schizophrenia
And so do I


26 comments:

Ann Nichols said...

Love the poem! And the photo lessons! :)

SquirrelQueen said...

Each shot is beautiful, just keep on shooting. I will forever associate ISO (or ASA) with film speed, am I showing my age here.

The poem just cracked me up, that is funny.

diane b said...

The manual ones certainly look better. Thanks for the info because our camera club are discussing DOF and Photographing flowers on Monday.

Roean said...

I can't do all this stuff. I'm lucky I know where the on/off switch is.

Abe Lincoln said...

The most important thing you wrote about but didn't mention is the ISO setting of 100. I try to set most shots at ISO of 200 though I can get away with ISO of 400. But the ISO setting is what determines the amount of "noise" the camera captures when taking/making the digital image. Set your digital Rebel at an ISO 100 and set it on "A" on the dial. Take a picture in the shadows somwhere and note the amount of detail you can see in the shadows. Now set the dial under "A" to 400 and first notice the shutter speed is faster and the time changes and the noise almost disappears.

There is a lot to the settings. A good way to learn it to set it on the green dial and see what the camera automatically sets up for. And all the programs below the green auto setting are programmed in the camera so those settings are interesting and almost fail proof.

Good post.

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

BY George she's got it! YOU have got it gal! I am so proud of you.
I love how you say it too, easy for my mind to understand. You need to print up some business cards as you are well on your way to becoming a professional photographer.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Beautiful flowers. You would think that because I have lived with two very GOOD photographers,I would know all about those crazy settings,but NOI. I need to learn,but it just doesn't get through this thick skull of mine.Maybe if you keep on explaining it,I will get it,too. LOL

TexWisGirl said...

well, i give you credit for learning and studying. my camera sits on auto 99% of the time...

Deb said...

you are so smart...I haven't ventured out to learn all that...

Scott said...

Keep on smiling and learning. Those were good explanations and examples.

SweetMarie said...

Love the new header! I love the lighting and all the shadows. I think I see a heart in there.
You're learning so much! I'm learning through you. :) Usually I use auto, but I'm trying to learn about manual settings. You can definitely see the differnce in these pics.
Happy Saturday!

Ginny said...

I LOVE the poem, and I do have schizophrenia after reading all this camera stuff. Now to a question. This is like your old camera, only newer and updated. So didn't you learn all this stuff on your old one? Love your header!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

great reds lovely flower!
thanks for the photography tips.
what a cheerful poem, as well. and funny, too!

\hugs

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

I have a hard time remembering all the various settings, that's for sure! Most of the time, my camera is setting on Auto. I keep thinking...one of these days I'll read the manual and remember what I read! Ha!

Ann said...

I read about RAW and have heard that it's much better to shoot that way but I have yet to figure it out. I have a hard enough time trying to get manual right :) You on the other hand seem to be doing quite nicely with it

Chatty Crone said...

Okay either I am reading this too late or this is really over my head! I love the photo's though. sandie

Magia da Inês said...

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Suas imagens são bonitas.
Bom fim de semana!
Beijinhos.
Brasil
♥♡

George said...

You did a wonderful job of explaining and showing what the F-Stop does in Manual mode. But what do you have against RAW?

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I admire you for working so hard with all of the manual settings... I just am not interested in doing much of that. My 'auto' works quite well for me I think... (Guess I'm not a true photographer, huh?)

Great pictures---all of them.
Hugs,
Betsy

Changes in the wind said...

Thank you so much for leavng a comment on my blog..you are pretty amazing yourself.

photowannabe said...

You just make me laugh Sandra. Love the poem and now you know why I use my Lumix point and shoot.
This poor brain just can't tolerate remembering all the F-Stop stuff.
I think its fantastic that you are conquering it and I always enjoy your photos.

Rose said...

You leave me laughing, as usual.

Tipper said...

Wish I knew more about camera settings.

Loved your poem-I kinda feel like that today : )

Stacey Dawn said...

I so can't wait until the day my brain automatically knows which F stop/shutter speed to choose, too!

KleinsteMotte said...

I have yet to go beyond the auto setting on the rebel. I'm looking for the motivation and pray it come before I'm blind.

KleinsteMotte said...

Forgot to congratulate you on having the patience to do this!!