Friday, April 2, 2010
It's fashion friday, time to take a peek at a couple of outfits the girls assembled this week. This time I was playing around some more with the Manual setting on the camera, so there are wayyyyyyy more pictures than usual. If you just want to see the outfits, here's Ro on the left and Ree on the right. This is how they looked after their pre-K Easter party and egg hunt. Cute little bunnies, and the outfits this week almost look "normal" don't they? Or maybe I'm just getting used to their way of dressing. Now, for anyone interested in the camera side of things, I usually take pictures using the "auto" mode for the D300 (it's really the Program Mode, where I can specify a few things that I want and then the camera will automatically figure out the rest). Problem is, I'm never really happy with the reddish skin tones and the tad-dark exposures. So I've been playing around with the Manual mode to see if I can get things a little closer to what I really want (and to try and learn a little more about photography). I've been trying to manually set the white balance, and so far mastery of that little trick has eluded me. I've got a nifty white lens cap that supposedly works with the "Pre" button setting procedure, but the results are just plain off. So today I ended up setting the white balance temperature manually (choosing the temperature I wanted by eyeballing it). I like the results, but it's a pain to do every time I move to a new room or light condition, and I'd really like to figure out the Pre button so I can do it quickly. Maybe if I get a gray card and use that? Anyhow, along with the manual white balance temp, I played around with different ISO, shutter speed, and aperture settings (in my Manual mode the camera tells me when those things are correctly balanced, which is nice). Basically our family room is always a little dark, so I started with the biggest aperture I could to let in the most light possible. On the 18-200 lens zoomed a bit that was 5.6. Then the slowest speed I could hold the camera steady was 1/30th, so that meant I had to use an ISO of about 500 or I had to bump that ISO up to 1000 if I wanted a little faster (and therefore steadier) speed at 1/50th. Alright, so far so good (I think, haha). Here's Ro, trying to decide if she got the same amount of candy as her sister: This look is quintessential Ro: And here are a few of Ree. This one's not great focus-wise, but the look is so Ree that I had to include it: What are you munching on there, little bunny? Oh. Hee! Gee, that certainly looks, um, appetizing (not!): Ree's little foot in these big 'ole Polliwalks cracked me up. We ordered them a half size too big and were going to put them in the garage and wait awhile to wear them, but the kiddos simply can't resist: Candy in my mouth? What candy? I didn't sneak any candy: Mmmmmm: Can I try yours? Huh? Come on, please?: Mama, this Easter thing sure is fun. (In these shots, heavy-duty sunlight was streaming in from the window behind Ree's left ear and I was thrilled that the backlighting didn't kill the picture. Usually I get a black face in these conditions. Score one for Manual!): Well that's all I've practiced so far. Now, the questions for the real photographers out there: 1. Are you shooting in Manual? Why or why not? 2. How the heck are you setting your white balance? 3. Would I get similar good results shooting in Program Mode using spot metering and setting my white balance (assuming I ever figure out how to set it)? 4. Are there any photography classes that you'd recommend?
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