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12/11/2018 1:58:31 AM
Posted: 11/26/2018 9:33:24 AM EST
Link Posted: 11/26/2018 11:51:17 AM EST
Take the lens cap off
Link Posted: 11/26/2018 12:01:18 PM EST
subcribing
Link Posted: 11/26/2018 12:15:15 PM EST
Learn to use back button focus.

It's yugely helpful.
Link Posted: 11/26/2018 9:58:10 PM EST
Overexpose. Just when you think you've overexposed enough, bump it a bit more.

We call it Expose To the Right, or ETTR. Zack showed me the light on this one.

I've posted plenty of examples in the Post Processing Thread, but the upshot is, until you start clipping the highs you can always bring them back in post, without introducing noise.

Boosting underexposure in post will almost always introduce ugly noise.

The best way I've found to do this is with what Nikon calls Exposure Control. What you're doing here is telling your camera's light meter that +whatever EV is really what you want to be the "new normal", so when you're metering your subject when it shows proper exposure it's already boosted.

I set my EC to +.7 EV, and then usually bump it a few notches when composing.

Here's just one example, and I think a pretty dramatic one:

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PAT15002 N420AT Spraying Before by FredMan, on Flickr

After processing

PAT15002 N420AT Spraying by FredMan, on Flickr
Link Posted: 11/27/2018 8:51:58 PM EST
@Fredman

Thanks! That's a great tip!
Link Posted: 11/27/2018 11:48:18 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/28/2018 11:05:10 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Zack3g:

One thing that he forgot to mention is this only works if you're shooting in RAW.

Kinda an important tidbit.
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Since everyone shoots RAW, I didn't think it was worth mentioning.

Link Posted: 11/28/2018 10:47:33 PM EST
I will be the opposite side of ettr. It can be helpful in certain conditions but it isn’t always needed. All I can really recommend is when you get a camera the first thing you do is put it into manual mode. Learn how to expose shots in all kinds of lighting.

If your just considering getting into photography and have never really used anything other then a cell phone, mirrorless cameras are great. You will see your exact exposure in the viewfinder just like a cell phone does.
Link Posted: 11/29/2018 12:36:05 AM EST
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Originally Posted By HammrSmashd:
I will be the opposite side of ettr. It can be helpful in certain conditions but it isn’t always needed. All I can really recommend is when you get a camera the first thing you do is put it into manual mode. Learn how to expose shots in all kinds of lighting.

If your just considering getting into photography and have never really used anything other then a cell phone, mirrorless cameras are great. You will see your exact exposure in the viewfinder just like a cell phone does.
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It is pretty useful though, especially darker subjects vs a light background like aircraft. You’ll get less noise from higher ISO and reducing the exposure, vs bumping the shadows up to compensate. But it’s not always perfect for everything. Personally I have hit and miss luck with it, and have caught myself accidentally leaving the EV+ adjustment on, and then wondering wtf is going on with ISO control later. Mostly being a space case instead though.
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