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What do you find as the biggest challenge in photography? 
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Andrea wrote:
I'm feeling like I have hi jacked this thread...If I did, didn't mean to!

I know, when you download your photos to your computer... if you left click you can pull up properties, but all that tells you is what camera you used and what date you shot the photo.....Is there a place where you can go to see, just what settings you used, once you have downloaded the photo... or do you have to carry a pad and pencil or a mini recorder..... :P


A, I think you can view the EXIF data in PSE somewhere but I downloaded the Opanda viewer at http://www.opanda.com/en/iexif/ Works great!

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msbrad wrote:
Loving the read of this thread. Andrea, your photos are looking really good.
Thanxs Michi
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I have an opinion.

OK...I do NOT need a thread about that statement.
That said, and PLEASE Sonya, chime in...

I am thinking it is sometimes better to NOT take the photo for the rule of threads. (don't throw anything, I will explain)
cuz sometimes...how one chooses to crop makes all the difference in the world for the printed photo.
Case in point. I paid $2,000 (upfront-cuz I got the discount!!) for Megan's wedding pics and I have the rights. BUT, she cropped the "b-jeebers" (my nice word, A- and K- I'm the good one) for the perfect "8x10" or "4x6" ratio photo, and claimed that is how her camera takes them.
Now...fast forward to my 2 favorite words --don't worry Sonya, I won't say them, and she has the same canon Norma does. <breathing hard...inserted here.>

Anyhow, y'all...keep my story in mind.

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Sonya wrote:
I'll be waiting.


You may be sorry!!!!!! :) :) Just remember...Love ya GF and I work for CVS Pharmacy...so I can supply the Advil!!!!! :)

Gonna start here.... When you take a photo and you are on "M", Your settings are F.8 1/250 and ISO 100. Your photo is underexposed.... is it safe to say that I should have used a higher f stop..... I understand for everytime you make an adjustment to the "triangle" it has to be equal.... I was taking some "motion/action", and they were "dark".. when I turned the dial to AV... they came out pretty good!! In doing manual...the action was good...but that is all!!! Would it be feasible to use the Av and Tv mode as a guide, to get the hang of the adjustments made in manual???? Help me Sonya....!!!!


Andrea my DH is better at explaining this part/aspect of photography. I struggle in explaining the technical aspect of it (especially in writing). :oops: So he's been kind enough to write this for you. Hopefully it helps address your question and helps you. Please feel free to respond as it can help others too and this is what it's all about. (Helping each other)
"You could use Av or Tv modes to give you beginning points for manual adjustments.
Just remember that the different adjustments you make will fight with the other settings... the magic is finding the combination that makes a good picture. It's easy when there's plenty of light, to make a good photo. You can make wide adjustments to aperture, shutter speed, etc, and still get good photo. But when you are near the 'edge', it gets challenging. An action shot
in low light where you need to keep the shutter speed high may give you dark pictures. You can play around with the ISO rating, but if you set it too high, you distort the colors. You can get a lens that admits more light (better f-stop rating), or you can add more light with a flash or light box. If you lower the shutter speed, you get more light, but your image might smear unless the subject is still, and the camera is firmly mounted. The smaller the aperture, the wider the focus; but the less the light. To compensate, you slow the shutter, etc. The larger the aperture, the narrower the focus, but more light is admitted. Trouble is, the focus may be so narrow, that parts of your picture may get blurry, that you don't want to be blurry! Isn't life exciting?"

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Here we go......

Somewhere I read or heard that you can pull up a grid into your view finder or LCD screen....I have looked and looked at my users guide and even the digital field guide that I have and I haven't found anything on it.... Did I imagine this????? Anyone know of this?????


Andrea I'm not aware of this....at least not on a canon. If there is one-this is new to me.

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Cacthing up on some reading here. Lots of good stuff in here! thanks.

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Yes, I got the rule of thirds thingy. My DH got it on there tho when he used it and I don't know how he did it!!!



Oh I didn't know about one. What camera did you say you have? That might be fun to test out.

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Loving the read of this thread. Andrea, your photos are looking really good.

I do finally 'get' what the photo comp. and settings should be, but....it seems like I don't have the time to make them happen, before the photo moment is lost. And, I usually have the wrong lens for that 'capture' the moment. :roll:

For example: Friday, Bill yells..hurry bring camera. So I grab it (18-55 lens is on). Run from "my office" to the dining room window, where there is a big bird in the yard with something black in its feet. I quick just clicked, through the blinds, the window and screen plus screen porch. Ran to get big lens (70-300), too late, bird was gone.
It turned out to be a big hawk, who caught a black bird. Then there were about 100 more birds just swarming, and squacking. The sound was deafening!!! 'Dinner' must have been one of their family members. I did not know birds were family oriented.

Have not DL the photo yet. Not sure I want to, but it was raw and manual I think.


Boy, it's true that you might have the wrong lens on or trying to get the picture and not taking the time to check all the settings!! BTW what a picture you might have there...what a story.

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Hi A! On my Canon xsi, I can only use the grid in "live mode" which means you use the LCD screen instead of the view finder (which I do not find useful at all and especially not for my 365 blog) and the setting are minimal, so I don't bother. Then I use the grid shape in PSE and overlay it on my photo to crop. I am noticing that the more I practice with an imaginary grid, the closer I'm coming to not needing to crop - unless I'm going for a special effect.

Andrea wrote:
Here we go......

Somewhere I read or heard that you can pull up a grid into your view finder or LCD screen....I have looked and looked at my users guide and even the digital field guide that I have and I haven't found anything on it.... Did I imagine this????? Anyone know of this?????


Well maybe I just didn't consider it as important as the other things...because I didn't realize it was there. Now I'll have to go look at my manual and look it up. But like you it wouldn't be useful on the LCD screen instead of the view finder. But I do use my CS2 grid when working on pictures. I love it then and use it alot.

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MsKaty wrote:
Andrea, I forgot to ask what camera you are using? We have the grid lines on the Sony (Power Shot DSC-HX1) and the Canon S5 and SX10. I didn't check all the others. LOL

On the Canon SX10 at least, you go to Menu, under the camera icon, Custom Display, grid lines!! I can chose either the LCD or view finder. Those things are showing on the Sony but I didn't see how to do it easily. I will read the book--which doesn't seem to have an index!!


Wow....look what I'm learning from each of you.

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Oh Sonya! How good to know you are still learning too!!!! I usually don't have much to input when you folks get to talking cameras since I am mostly a point and shoot person. I'm trying to branch out, just not too swift at it!! LOL I do enjoy reading all about it and maybe something will stick!!

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