kezzer wrote:Really pleased with how this turned out. It was really over exposed to begin with but a small amount of editing has brought out the colours nicely. (was unhappy with the bird feeder getting in the way although it adds a bit of interest.)
(I'll just assume you know as little about photography as I did when I first got my camera. Sorry if that's not the case.) ISO, definitely. You'll want that as low as possible, always. F-stop, maybe. Did you set it to F36 because you wanted the background to be as much in focus as possible? That's what a small aperture will do (yes, small; the relationship between the size of the aperture and the F-stop is inverse: the bigger the number, the smaller the aperture). In order to lower the ISO without making the aperture bigger you would have had to have a slower shutter speed, but at 1/100 it's already quite slow. With that f-stop and an ISO of about 1000 you'd need a shutter speed of 1/25, but with the lens at 200mm you'd have a hard time getting a steady, blur-free shot (unless you had a tripod with you (in which case bring the ISO down as much as you can), or some place to rest the camera while you took the shot).
If it was me I would have set the f-stop to maybe 11 or 8 or even lower, which would have allowed for a lower ISO and faster shutter speed. Of course that would also throw the background even more out of focus, which may not be what you were after when you took the shot.
This is a pretty good and concise video that explains ISO, aperture and shutter speed (in case my explanations don't make sense to you):
Some recent shots. Kind of annoyed I didn't stop to check that the first one was fully centered when I took it.
Thanks for the info, any help right now is fantastic
yeah I am just starting out just now so I know very little, I wanted to get as much in focus as possible but it never seemed to happen. I tried with both auto focus and manual but never got the desired results.
What's fighting against you there is the lens being at 200mm. The longer a lens is the harder a time you'll have of getting everything in focus (unless what you're shooting is really far away), whereas with a wide lens you can have a much bigger aperture while keeping everything in focus (unless you're focusing on something really close to you). You'll get a feel for these things soon enough, just keep shooting.
One day, I swear, I will branch out and stop just taking pictures of my dog. But she's a very forgiving subject
I like how this one turned out, even though she was out of focus (I cocked it up, basically). However, I thought the strong yellow in the rape fields behind meant it was worth trying to do something with, so I went for a scary look that made her look like a monster.