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Tell Me Those Three Magical Words

Updated: Oct 24, 2018

How many of you received a DSLR camera for Christmas or your birthday and keep it either in the nice camera bag it came in or in the automatic settings mode? #whatdoidonow Today's do-it-all cameras give us a false security that they will do it all for us. #ifonlyitwerethateasy If only this were true. I admit, I was at first so afraid of over or under EXPOSING an image and used to rely on the camera control my settings. #correctexposure Once I realized the three magic components of the perfect picture, I actually began to prefer shooting in manual mode so that I can play with lighting and control what type of photo I actually am striving to capture.

If you lack the ability to consistently shoot in the exposure you want, don't feel bad. It can take a while to master. Just keep shooting. #justkeepshooting #shooteveryday Just remember, "it's still magic, even if you know how it's done" (Terry Pratchett). Shooting in manual helps you to gain more control of consistently exposing your images.#gomanual

The magic three components needed to master correct exposure of every photograph are the following: 1. The aperture ~ the aperture refers to the OPENING of the LENS #aperture

2. The shutter speed ~ this determines HOW LONG the subject of the image will come through on the photograph.#shutterspeed

3. The ISO ~ The ISO controls the film speed or LIGHT SENSITIVITY of the digital sensor and has a direct influence on the choice of aperture and shutter speeds you decide to use. #iso

Mastering the combinations of aperture and shutter speeds will lead you to more creative success behind your camera. #creativityatitsbest The smaller the aperture, such as f/16, f/22 & f/32, will show more of a story in your image, while adjusting to larger apertures, such as f/2.8, f/4 & f/5.6, will allow you to focus your image on a singular theme or isolate an item. The larger your aperture, the more of a chance you can achieve the bokeh, or blurry background, the way the lens is rendering the out of focus part of the light. In theory, the aperture shouldn't matter that much but if you want to be creative in your photography, many lenses will record optimal sharpness and contrast around f/8 to f/11 apertures. Middle of the roads apertures are great to use when your depth of field is not a concern in your image. #depthoffield These apertures are also ideal for shooting silhouettes. #silhouettes If you want a silhouette, set your aperture to f/8 then adjust your shutter speed for correct exposure. The best time for shooting silhouettes are usually right around a sunrise or sunset. #thegoldenhour

Only with the help of your shutter speed, can you FREEZE ACTION or IMPLY MOTION. Faster shutter speeds, such as 1/250, 1/500 & 1/100, will allow you to freeze action. When action is coming toward you, a shutter speed of 1/250 will freeze your subject, however, if you are shooting parallel to your subject, you will want to adjust to 1/1000. Most photographers use the fastest shutter speeds such as 1/500 or 1/1000. #freezeaction

Slow speeds, such as 1/60, 1/30 & 1/15, are measured in fractions of a second, and will focus on the image and create a bokeh effect in your background. This is when you will want to use a tripod for extra stability. When the camera is stable and there are moving subjects in the compositions, the photographer has the opportunity to imply motion. The moving subjects will be blurred while the background will remain in focus. Super slow shutter speeds, such as 1/4, 1/2 & 1 second, will make your focus object look like they are moving at a high rate of speed. There are endless opportunities for capturing motion, such as falling rain, waterfalls, waves, planes, automobiles, sports, etc. "All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better" (Ralph Waldo Emerson). #implymotion #capturemotion

You have to first choose the correct aperture or shutter speed for your image and then decide on your ISO setting. #whatsiso Your correct exposure will always be determined by the type of photo you are trying to capture. In general, photographers mostly work in the 100-400 ISO range. DSLR cameras have built in light meters. #dslrcameras It's job is to measure the amount of light. In order for it do successfully measure the light, we have to adjust the ISO. Once we have the correct ISO setting, we can then adjust our light meter for the perfect exposure. #perfectexposure

With technology making our lives so easy these days, why do we choose to turn our camera to manual and work to learn your DSLR's settings? #learnyoursettings Often as a photographer, I hear people say, 'anyone can take a picture.' #anyonecantakeourpicture #awkwardfamilyphotos This is true. I think I've even mentioned this previously, however, if you want someone who knows how to control their settings in order to achieve the desired effect you want for your image, you must learn to work in manual. I promise, this will bring help you to grow in your creativity. You won't just be 'taking a picture', you'll be capturing a moment. #capturethemoment #enjoyeverymoment

The three magic components of learning your DSLR camera.  If you master using the correct combination of shutter speed, aperture and ISO, you can grow your creativity with your photography.
Tell Me Those Three Magical Words learning how to use your DSLR camera

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