DSLR Debrief at BlogHer '13

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DSLR Debrief at BlogHer '13

  1. 1. DSLR Debrief Amanda Green Bottoms @kevinandamanda
  2. 2. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required DSLR Debrief AMANDA GREEN BOTTOMS www.kevinandamanda.com @kevinandamanda INSTRUCTOR
  3. 3. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required #1. Find the Best Light Find the light first, then move your subject into it.
  4. 4. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required non-direct window light, from the side
  5. 5. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required non-direct window light, from the back
  6. 6. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required look for interesting highlights
  7. 7. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required look for interesting shadows
  8. 8. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required outdoor, indirect light
  9. 9. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required Shoot for the sky
  10. 10. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required outdoor with flash outdoor silhouette
  11. 11. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required foam board reflector to fill in shadows
  12. 12. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required indoor, night photo - lighting from an unconventional source
  13. 13. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required Lowel Ego light for night photography
  14. 14. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required #2. Use Aperture to Focus on Important Elements 85mm1.8 lens, f/1.8, ss 1/400, iso400
  15. 15. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required Aperture is f/5.6 here
  16. 16. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required small number = more light = lots of blur/bokeh 24-70mm lens, f/2.8, ss 1/400, iso 100
  17. 17. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required Look for interesting things in the background to enhance creative bokeh 100mm/2.8 lens, f/2.8, ss 1/125, iso 640
  18. 18. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required lights, colors, repetitive objects, backlit trees all create beautiful bokeh 85mm/1.8 lens, f/1.8, ss 1/40, iso 160
  19. 19. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required Zoom in for more bokeh 50mm/1.8 lens, f/1.8, ss 1/200, iso 100 more zoom = more bokeh
  20. 20. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required large number = lets in less light = lots in focus 24-70mm/2.8 lens, f/16, ss 1/60, iso 100
  21. 21. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required landscapes lend themselves well to high aperture numbers 10-22mm lens, f/22, ss 1/80, iso 320
  22. 22. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required high apertures create beautiful sunbursts even at night (think street lights, sunsets, etc.)
  23. 23. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required#BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required 70-200mm/4.0 L lens, f/5, ss 1/500, iso 100 #3. Use Shutter Speed to Dramatically Freeze or Blur Motion
  24. 24. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required Shutter Speed is 125 here.
  25. 25. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required high number = fast shutter speed = freezes action 24-70mm lens, f/2.8, ss 1/500, iso 400
  26. 26. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required My “Recipe” for Action Photos 1. Put the camera in Shutter Priority (TV or S) mode 2. Set the shutter speed to 1/1000 3. Change the focus mode to AI-SERVO 4. Change the shooting mode to High Speed Continuous 5. Set the focus right in the middle Google “kevinandamanda how to take tack sharp action photos” for a more in-depth tutorial
  27. 27. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required Extremely slow shutter speeds create a dramatic blurred motion effect, but require a tripod or a steady surface 24-70mm lens, f/8, ss 1/4, iso 100
  28. 28. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required low number = slow shutter speed = blurred motion 10-22mm lens, f/29, ss 30, iso 640
  29. 29. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required What scenes might benefit from a slow shutter speed? 10-22mm lens, f/7.1, ss 15, iso 100
  30. 30. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required My “Recipe” for Slow Shutter Photos 1. Put the camera in Shutter Priority (TV or S) mode 2. Set the ISO to 100 (or as low as it will go) 3. Set the shutter speed anywhere from 1/4 – 30 sec 4. Find a steady surface (tripod, table, chair) 5. Turn on the 2-second self timer. Google “kevinandamanda girls week in NYC” for a more in-depth tutorial
  31. 31. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required #4. Exposure Compensation Higher than 0 = Brighter Less than 0 = Darker
  32. 32. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required Keep an eye on your shutter speed / aperture For hand-holding, a general rule of thumb is to not let the shutter speed get below 50.
  33. 33. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required#BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required #5. Know Your ISO • The lower your ISO (100-200), the LESS light your camera will use. • PROS: No grain • CONS: May be too dark for indoors, nighttime • The higher your ISO (1600-3200), the MORE light your camera will use. • PROS: Gives you extra light for low-light shooting situations • CONS: Lots of grain. Use a grain removal filter in Photoshop like Noiseware. Google “kevinandamanda DSLR quick guide” for a more in-depth tutorial
  34. 34. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required 24-70mm 2.8 lens, f/8, ss 1/32, iso 125
  35. 35. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required#BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required 85mm 1.8 lens, f/1.8, ss 1/250, iso 400 #6. Find Your Focus
  36. 36. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required The Focus Point tells the camera where to focus. • Auto Select – Best for one subject with uncluttered background. • Manual Select Zone – Multiple focus points, but clustered in one zone. Best for one subject. • Manual Select Single Point - Best option when there are many subjects in the frame, and you only want to focus on one. Google “kevinandamanda how to take tack sharp action photos” for a more in-depth tutorial
  37. 37. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required#BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required #7. Easy Transition to Manual Mode Trick 1. Find a photo with good lighting and press the Info button to find the settings that were used. 2. Switch to manual mode to use these settings. 3. From there you can adjust aperture, shutter speed, or ISO one or two bumps to get perfect lighting.
  38. 38. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required #8. Lighten to Emphasize Detail
  39. 39. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required “Photoshop is like makeup. It works best when it looks like you’re not using any.” Shoot With Skill and Edit for Impact
  40. 40. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required
  41. 41. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required #9. Train your eye to recognize proper white balance.
  42. 42. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required
  43. 43. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required #10. Prepare Properly for Web Often what appears online to be tack sharp focus is actually just a well prepared web image.
  44. 44. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required Ten Steps to Sharpen Your DSLR Skills 1. Find the Best Light 2. Use Aperture to Focus on Important Elements 3. Use Shutter Speed to Dramatically Freeze or Blur Motion 4. Understand Exposure Compensation 5. Know Your ISO 6. Find Your Focus 7. Use the Easy Manual Mode Trick 8. Lighten to Emphasize Detail 9. Train your eye to recognize proper white balance. 10. Prepare Properly for Web
  45. 45. #BH13DSLR @kevinandamanda INTERNET SSID: BlogHer | No Password Required DSLR Debrief AMANDA GREEN BOTTOMS www.kevinandamanda.com @kevinandamanda INSTRUCTOR
  46. 46. “BlogHer is a snake meal of ideas in a wonton wrapper of love. Afterwards you need a 2- day nap, then it nourishes you for a year.” – @debontherocks

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