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10/27/2004 09:22:55 AM · #1

There is a tree near my home, that has grown out in from of a street light. The way the light reflects through the leaves is great! Can you guys give me some tips and different settings to try!

Thank you :-)
10/27/2004 09:52:44 AM · #2
Go there and take photos with different settings is what most people would suggest, I guess. Experiment. Of course, take your tripod too.
10/27/2004 09:53:40 AM · #3
IMHO I personally think that you get the best tree shots from near the base of the tree looking up. If there's a light at the top of the tree, you could try underexposing the shot by half a step or so. It may also be a good idea to use the largest depth of field that you can get.
10/27/2004 10:43:54 AM · #4
When you find settings that work, do you write them down?
10/27/2004 11:57:26 AM · #5
Originally posted by Karalew:

When you find settings that work, do you write them down?


I usually remember what I was doing if I went to the trouble of trying many different things. It's a great idea to write them down, but thus far I've been able to remember "things that worked".

In the end it usually comes down to learning your camera more than learning a shot. You visualize what you want, then translate it into your camera's settings. For example, understanding how your lens(es) work with different subject distances is step 1. You can learn this even when you goof up the exposure. Step two is understanding exposure.

Learning to expose properly takes a lot longer because it not only includes camera settings, but also involves learning flash and how different natural lighting scenarios work. The learning technique is the same though - take lots of pictures, then study them until you understand what went right, and what went wrong.

Once you have these down, you should be able to visualize what you want to capture, then make it happen within a few sample shots. Again, writing things down isn't a bad idea, but make sure you focus on learning the techniques more than how to do a specific "shot".
10/27/2004 12:14:36 PM · #6
When using a film camera I try to write my settings down, but that is one of the great things about shooting with my digital camera, I can just go in and view the Metadata for the photo and it shows me all of my settings, so I can see what worked and what didn't. Sometimes I'll use that as a gauge for things to try with my film camera.
10/27/2004 12:43:04 PM · #7
Great ideas!!! Thats why I come here :-)
Thank you :-)
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