gmonney
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New Camera Help

Mon Aug 06, 2007 9:37 am

Hey Guys,

I got a new camera the other day and it seems that I didn't take great photos today, it seems that they were too bright? I was shooting at ISO 200 and I think the 5D should be ok at that ISO and the lens of choice was the 70-200 2.8 IS, I think the equipment is ok? As my 10D was a second hand purchase by a fantastic aviation photog, i didn't mess with any settings?

Do i have to adjust anything other than the obvious... oh ya, i was shooting on appature priority and it was set to 8.0, the shutter speed was around 1/800 + or - a bit...

Here is a photo that i have photoshoped and let me know what your advice would be... any 5D users?

http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/big/ready/ACE175C-FEIQ080507.jpg

Grant
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Fly747
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RE: New Camera Help

Mon Aug 06, 2007 10:58 am

I'm not a 5D user, but on a sunny day my meter tells me that shooting at f/8 and ISO 100 the shutter speed is 1/500 or 1/640. At ISO 200 and f/8 your shutter speed should obviously be double - 1/1000 or 1/1250. That's probably why your shots came out brighter.
Why did you shoot at ISO 200?

Ivan
 
gmonney
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RE: New Camera Help

Mon Aug 06, 2007 11:15 am

Just trying to keep the shutter speed up, later on when the sun was up a little further, I dropped it down to ISO 125 and under exposed it by 1/3, that seemed to produce a marginally better result... I think the camera is self sharpening and brightening? Any idea of the settings on fixing this... i don't want to mess around with too much? Strange, but i feel like i was getting better results with my 10D?

Grant
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RE: New Camera Help

Mon Aug 06, 2007 12:40 pm

Quoting Gmonney (Thread starter):
I think the equipment is ok? As my 10D was a second hand purchase by a fantastic aviation photog, i didn't mess with any settings?

Let me see if I get this straight. You buy a new camera from a former "fantastic" aviation photog and think that by leaving the setting alone you'll automatically get great aviation photos?  banghead   banghead   banghead 

Quoting Gmonney (Reply 2):
I think the camera is self sharpening and brightening? Any idea of the settings on fixing this... i don't want to mess around with too much?



If you don't KNOW what the camera is actually doing, that is your first indication that it's time to READ the Instruction Manual. Know what your camera does. Know what the settings do. Understand why to change a particular setting. Photography (aviation included) is much more than just aperature X and shutter speed Y to get a result.  banghead   banghead 

Quoting Gmonney (Reply 2):
Strange, but i feel like i was getting better results with my 10D?

Probably because you actually knew what that camera was doing.  banghead 

Sorry, I don't mean to sound harsh, but aviation photography and photography in general is so much more than just asking someone what setting to use and then pressing the button. It takes knowledge, thought, practice, more practice and still more practice before you start to get predictable results. It's not easy and sure isn't for those who aren't willing to put in the effort. Start by reading the instruction manual.
 
gmonney
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RE: New Camera Help

Tue Aug 07, 2007 3:59 am

Hey Stephen,

Thanks for pointing out all of my faults, I agree, reading a manual is the best thing to do and I have cruised through it when i got the camera. Unfortunatly, my 11 day old son takes up a bit of my time.

Looking at it further today, I notice that there are some custom function such as picture style... I was hoping someone could confirm setting them to zero would produce the results I am looking for, and not have someone tell me I am an idiot again... the wife does that every day...

Thanks,

Grant
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