How your composition can trick your light meter

This week I’ll show you how your composition can trick your light meter The light meter in your camera is a sophisticated bit of kit. It has a few different settings and each one has it’s own uses but most people will keep it in the multi meter mode. In this setting, sometimes your composition can trick this into producing a bad image. Basically, the light meter will look at the whole image and try to give you a good exposure. When there is a lot of dark parts in the image, the light meter will brighten it up and when there is a lot of bright areas in the image, the light meter will drop the exposure down. This is all well and good, but when the subject is darker than the surrounding parts of the image, it will tend to be under exposed. On the other hand, if the subject is surrounded by a lot of dark parts, it will tend to be over exposed. There are a few ways to counteract this, depending on what setting you are in. Generally, if you are shooting in Auto mode, everything is automatic, so you won’t be able to compensate […]

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First step out of auto mode – Photography

  Today I’m going to show you how to take your first steps out of auto. There’s a lot of info in this one, but if you go through it step by step, you’ll learn so much about your camera and photography in general. If you have a modern camera, it will have may settings that you may or may not be aware of, from fully automatic, right through to fully manual. It may seem daunting but there are some easy ways to start hacking into these. So are you ready? Do this: Set the mode dial to A/Av or aperture priority. Set ISO to auto One of the reasons I suggest putting it into auto ISO is that, you’re just taking control of one of the parameters to start with. Once you get more used to it, you can start setting the ISO yourself.  Now, take a photograph. Congratulations, you have just taken your first photograph out of auto. Not that bad was it!!?? Aperture priority isn’t quite manual mode, but it is a step in the right direction. It’s kind of a semiautomatic mode. You set the aperture and then the camera sets the shutter speed and ISO […]

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Shooting the stars
November 27, 2017 by Mike in Uncategorized 0 Comments

Shooting the stars, or astrophotography, is one of those specialist sides to photography. You don’t need to have fancy kit, but it does help. As there is very little light about, the camera needs to be good at low light capture and your lens needs to be as fast as possible….and if you’re photographing the milky way, or trying to capture shooting stars, you’ll need as wide a lens as possible. I shot my first astro shots with the canon 350d and the 10-20mm sigma, they didn’t come out that well, but I was hooked and wanted to get my image quality better and wanted to get some milky way shots. Now I shoot with the A7rii (I haven’t upgraded the firmware and I am not going to as apparently the update automatically reduces what it thinks is noise…..and it seems to think stars are noise….) This is know as the “star eater” upgrade…..The A7rii is great in low light and gets great shots of the stars. Lenses I use two different lenses, the samyang 14mm f2.8 and the Zeiss Batis 25mm f2. So With the samyang,it is a really wide lens, and surprisingly sharp for the price I paid […]

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Customising Your Sony Camera
November 2, 2017 by Mike in Camera setup, How to 0 Comments

Customising Your Sony Camera (A7 and RX10) This is aplicable to the sony a7ii, a7sii, a7rii and the rx10iii. (for the RX10iii scroll down past the A7 settings to the RX10iii section) I’m I suppose what you’d call a hybrid shooter. I shoot both video and photographs, so I’ve come up with the following setup for my camera to make it as easy as possible. The Sony menu system is one of those anomalies in the world where common sense seems to have been thrown out the window, however, it doesn’t have to be all that bad. Now this isn’t an in-depth guide on the menus, there are tonnes of those of youtube. This is just a quick setup of the essentials to get the things I use in a place where I can access them quickly and efficiently. There are basically three different customisable areas:   A7Sii Dials So the main settings you want access to are ISO, aperture and shutter speed. On the A7 cameras you have three dials, so it make sense to put these three settings on these dials. ISO on back dial, Shutter on back top dial and aperture on front finger dial.   On […]

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