The holidays are upon us again, and during the hectic gatherings we dearly love to get great photos. Here are some small reminders that hopefully will help you to do just that!
1. Put your ISO in Auto – check your manual to see how to do that if you don’t already. Since you’ll likely be in a variety of lighting conditions rapidly, it helps not to have to think about the ISO much.
2. Put your White Balance on Auto – you don’t want to have to think about white balance either in the happy chaos of holiday season!
3. Use Aperture Priority (Av or A) to try and capture shots with a blurred background – but remember to stay close to your subjects!
4. Use Shutter Priority (Tv or S) and keep it on 1/60th sec.or faster to make sure you don’t get camera shake when shooting in low light situations (like inside around a dinner table).
5. Use exposure compensation if you need to to try and get your subject the right brightness if the background is much darker or brighter than the subject. (think snow shots, sunset shots, backlit shots, etc)
6. Alternately, use your AEL (Auto exposure lock) to get an exposure reading from something similar to your subject, then recompose your shot and take the picture. This should help get a proper exposure on your subject.
7. If al else fails put it in AUTO, have fun, don’t stress, and remember its not about the photos, it’s about the relationships!
Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas to all of you!