How to get... Great Easter Photos!

Okay...
So I'm going to give a short manual settings lesson! 
In an easy to understand way!

If you have a DSLR camera...
Doesn't matter if its Nikon, Canon, Sony or any other brand DSLR camera.

This is how you can get great photos!

First step is understanding your internal light meter.

Nikon light meters are backwards from Canon (I'm a Canon user).
So a Nikon camera will tell you that your photo is too bright when its to the left of the light meter and is too dark to the right of the light meter.

Canon cameras will tell you that your photo is too dark on the left and too bright on the right.

So you want to get your light meter to show as close to dead center of the meter as possible.

How do you do that?

Well...
First you need to use your ISO settings depending upon where you are and what your lighting is like!

Outdoors in bright sunlight ... Put your ISO as low as you can get it (ISO 100).
If it is Shady/Cloudy outside bump your ISO up to say 600-800.

If you are inside you may need to bump your ISO up to 1600 depending upon how much light is available.

Now once you put your camera in Manual, we can get started.

There are some basic "rules" the you should follow.

If you have a 50mm lens your shutter speed should be no less than 1/50th of a second (unless it's on a tripod). Why? Because of shake/blur.

If you are taking photos of children on the move set your Shutter Speed to 1/125 or higher.
If you are indoors use a flash or be near a window with lots of natural light, to freeze the "action".

Now that you've figured what ISO and Shutter speed you can set your aperture.

Your aperture tells you how much will be in focus and how much of the background will be out of focus.

If you have a 50mm 1.8 then the lowest setting will be 1.8.

At 1.8 it opens up the lens to allow more light in to the lens.
But it give an amazing  bokeh ( blurred background).

If your photographing a group of 6 people, change your aperture to at least f/6.

If you want to take a landscape photo then set your aperture to the largest # (i.e. f/22).

When you have all three setting in tune your internal light meter should sit dead center.

That's a quick and understandable lesson on using ISO, SS, Aperture together to get great photos!

Have a wonderful Easter!

Tori D.

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