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Taking control of your camera step by step Part 5

Setting White Balance Where ISO deals with the amount of light, White Balance deals with the color of light. The part of the brain that processes the information from our eyes does an excellent job of “white balancing” the light we see. We can walk from outdoors (daylight) to an office building illuminated by fluorescent lights and then into an office illuminated by tungsten bulbs and our eyes will adjust automatically. You may get a glimpse of the green colorcast from the florescent lighting or the orange colorcast from the… Read more Taking control of your camera step by step Part 5

Taking control of your camera step by step Part 4

Setting the ISO By setting the ISO you are are taking control of how sensitive the sensor in your camera is to light. It may not sound like much but this is the first real step toward taking full control of your camera. Setting the ISO is as easy as choosing a number in the ISO settings menu. Which number you should choose has to do with the amount of light available to make images. As a rule of thumb 100 – 200 ISO is good for outdoors while 400… Read more Taking control of your camera step by step Part 4

Taking control of your camera step by step Part 3

Program Mode To get away from the “Green Camera” mode and Scene modes that your camera offers, while still letting the camera make most of the exposure decisions, switch to Program (“P”) mode. Program mode is very similar to the “Green Camera” mode in that the camera is choosing the aperture and shutter speed. Where these two modes differ is in the amount of options that you have to choose from in the menus once you switch to Program mode. The limited control over the camera that you gain by… Read more Taking control of your camera step by step Part 3

Taking control of your camera step by step Part 2

Scene Modes Many of the cameras available today, from Point and Shoots to DSLRs, have several “Scene” modes. These scene modes let you tell your camera what lighting conditions exist or what what you would like to make an image of. The different modes have names like: Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Portrait, Indoor, Beach, Snow, Sunset, Museum, Close-up, Fireworks and Food. For the specific scene modes you can choose from and a description of what they do, check your camera’s owner’s manual under scene modes. All you need to do… Read more Taking control of your camera step by step Part 2

Taking control of your camera step by step Part 1

“Green Camera” Mode When a camera comes from the manufacturer, it is most likely set to “Green Camera” mode (some manufacturers also use a red camera or other icon) if the camera has any modes other than full auto. This is so that most anyone can open the box, charge the battery and start making images without reading much about the camera except for the “Quick Start Guide”. The quick start guide is intended to do just that, get you started making images as quickly as possible. With very little… Read more Taking control of your camera step by step Part 1

Need a reason to get out and make some images?

As winter is getting here, finally some might say, and it is getting cold outside you might want to stay in and put the cameras on the shelf until it gets warmer. Yeah, I’m a wimp when it comes to cold weather! I was born in Florida, in July. Anything under 60º is COLD! Dressing up like the Michelin man to go outside is not my idea of a good time. If you are like me, the thought of getting out in the wintertime to make some images is, well,… Read more Need a reason to get out and make some images?