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Old 12-25-2013, 08:57 PM   #1
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General Settings

Hey guys just got my dslr, and i'll be shooting cars at meets, and rolling shots.


Any "general" settings to keep the cam on? I did start to do some reading on shutter speed which will help with the rolling shots.

But for car meets outside with the sun out, what should i set on the camera?


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Old 12-27-2013, 09:44 AM   #2
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There is no such thing as "General" settings, it all depends on the light, time of day etc.

One thing if your shooting cars, get a circular polarizer though for sure, to reduce any reflection from windows.....
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Buy this book and read it, then read it again.
http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-.../dp/0817439390

Understand what each setting does (shutter speed, aperture, ISO) and how it changes the look of the exposure. Your goal is to get a proper exposure with the light available to you. Once you can nail that down, then you can start thinking about framing, composition, and eventually the look you want to achieve.
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I'm hardly expert enough to advise anyone.

But when I first got off Auto, my first step was to start shooting in aperture priority. Given that ISO is usually set and left alone, what that means is that I manually set the aperture, and the camera looks at the scene and sets what it thinks is the best shutter speed for the picture.
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I'm hardly expert enough to advise anyone.

But when I first got off Auto, my first step was to start shooting in aperture priority. Given that ISO is usually set and left alone, what that means is that I manually set the aperture, and the camera looks at the scene and sets what it thinks is the best shutter speed for the picture.
Doing that for each of the 3 variables (shutter, aperture, ISO) is a good way to learn how making a change effects the look of the exposure. I would definitely recommend this instead of jumping to manual mode and playing around. I've been shooting for 13 years and very rarely find myself needing full manual control; usually aperture or shutter priority work fine.
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Or get a light meter and get perfect exposure everytime in M mode! Live by mine, especially in studio!
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