rethink

rethink

Photography is a profession and you will definitely notice that with the settings of your camera. Aperture, shutter speed and ISO, it certainly looks familiar. But yes, how exactly do you apply that? Because every situation requires different settings. 
 
That's really where the problem lies. Because we are often inclined to ask about those settings of someone else. Only if we apply it ourselves, then the photo is never as good as the photo of the other one.
 
That was certainly the case with the shoot in the Perfect Plaatje, where the dogs caught the kibble. Many people tried to copy the photos with the same settings, but unfortunately, none of the photos were sharp.
 
A few weeks later we had dog Donut (who was photographed by Georgina in the Perfect Picture) in the studio and I explained why the settings in the studio work perfectly but not outside. 
 
That's why I don't attach any value to the settings of someone else, because if I wanted to copy this photo, I would need completely different settings. There are so many factors involved that it would be too simple to blindly adopt the settings.
 
To better understand the concept of aperture, shutter speed and ISO, you may need to THINK AGAIN. Sounds a bit like a buzzword, but here it can really help.
 
Let me explain to you:
 
On a birthday, your uncle Piet will not easily hear a photo saying "What a beautiful shutter speed" or "Great aperture here". Probably something like "Nice that speed in the photo" or "This photo has so much depth".
 
If we start thinking this way ourselves, we might understand better what we are doing:
 
Depth instead of aperture
By using your aperture you bring more depth to your photo. So in the following situation, don't think about how you should have your aperture, but how much depth you want your photo to have and then play around with your aperture until you actually have this sense of depth in your photo.
 
Speed ​​instead of shutter speed
Do you want to have speed in your photo? Or stop your fast subject in time? Think of speed instead of shutter speed.
 
If you have a good idea of ​​the speed you want in your photo. Or how frozen you want your subject to be, then you can play with the shutter speed until you have just the effect you want to achieve.
 
Gain instead of ISO
And what about ISO? Because you can't see that, at least, you can usually only see the consequences, the noise. But ISO is amplification of the light. Do you have too little light and therefore blurred photos (inside or outside when it gets a bit darker)?
 
Then you have to amplify the light with ISO until your photo is sharp. 
 
So my advice is to stop copying the camera settings from others and then hope for good results. And to start thinking about it and adjust the settings step by step so that you get the result you have in mind.
 
This means that you often need several photos and work towards that perfect picture step by step.

1 reaction

  • Dick de Groot

    Nice piece. Getting bad results with other people's settings makes me very insecure. You think it should be good then. Experimenting, sometimes endlessly, is a matter of perseverance and many disappointments, but ultimately yields much more satisfaction.

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