A few of you asked me to
share the camera settings I used
to re-shoot my dining room.
Once again, I don’t know where my head was.
I should have done that in yesterday’s post.
So here goes…
This is the picture I shot the first time on the Auto setting.
(I must be nuts to keep publishing this awful picture…)
I was facing into the window on a bright day.
When I took the picture I knew it was way too dark.
Since I had no idea how to fix that I just went with it
and tried to edit out the darkness.
By doing that it became very grainy and blurry.
(I edited in Picasa using the Fill Light tool.)
So yesterday I emailed my buddy Terry for advice.
She got her DSLR camera a few weeks before me.
She has learned how to do EVERYTHING
and has totally left me in the dust.
Here is the email I sent:
Sorry to bother you…I want to reshoot a few of the pictures of my dining room.The first time around they came out too dark…then when I lightened them they turned out grainy.Terrible.
Its sunny right now and there’s snow on the ground so it’s bright.
I have to face into a window.
Can you tell me the best camera settings to use?
From your camera-challenged friend,
Try ISO 200, aperture around 5, and then let the camera pick the shutter speed. So start in “s” mode or “m”. I’ll be here so let me know. We can tweak it.
We did tweak it by bumping up the ISO to 400.
(I still have no idea what that really means.)
As you can see by these 2 photos her advice was spot on.
Terry has a Photo Advice page on her blog that’s very helpful.
I told her that what I really needed was a cheat sheet.
A simple list of different conditions
and the correct camera settings to get the right shot.
I may have planted the seed…
at least I hope so!
If you want camera settings for a specific condition tell me in the comments.
I’ll pass them on to Terry.