- how to shoot in Program mode rather than Automatic, so I at least have more control over the flash
- how to switch to Macro mode to shoot up close
- how to change between the standard and telephoto lenses
- that natural light is always best
- how to get the photos off the camera and do some basic editing using Picmonkey
- and as of today I know that I can right-click on my uploaded photos to see what settings they were shot in
Ie. not a whole lot. I know very little about shutter speeds, apertures, and ISOs. I read about them. Hubby tells me all sorts of things about them. But my retention in day-to-day use is near zilch. Which is why when Plum and June announced The Quilt Photography Workshop, I was all ears.
The first assignment was to take photos of fabric. So I just spent an hour or so doing just that. For smallish quilting "subjects" I usually use a light-colored table in my sewing room, right next to a large window. It's pretty much the best naturally lit spot in the house. For this assignment, I have done no photo-editing, other than some minor cropping and resizing to fit my blog space. I also am making some notes here for safe-keeping, so as I share what mode and settings I used for each shot, I'll remember that (for example) 1/50 stands for shutter speed, 5.0 is the f-stop or aperture (size of opening for the light), and ISO is a sensitivity setting. I began in my normal Program mode with the pre-set settings.
P mode: 1/50, f/5.0, ISO 250
For this second shot, I forced the ISO to 800 and it was quite an improvement.
P mode: 1/125, f/7.1, ISO 800
I braved it out of Program mode and into Av (aperture) for the next 3 shots, and obviously, the mid-range aperture was best.
Av mode: 1/125, f/5.6, ISO 800
Av mode: 1/125, f/18, ISO 800
Av mode: 1/125, f/36, ISO 800
Then on to Tv (shutter priority).
Tv mode: 1/100, f/7.1, ISO 800
Lastly, I went to Manual mode, which I know is where I need to head in general.
M mode: 1/100, f/5.6, ISO 800
M mode: 1/40, f/5.6, ISO 800
M mode: 1/100, f/6.3, ISO 800
So there you go. The best news is, I've played around with my camera in ways I usually don't. My goal for the very near future? Remember what I've learned today, or at least keep working with my camera so these modes and settings become more familiar. And I want to go through the workshop links to see what other tips I can glean. My long-term goal would be to discover my own style using settings I'm really comfortable with. But I'll face that one step at a time.