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From the page: "3 Digital Camera Settings for the Intermediate Photographer to Discover
By Dan on Aug 12, 2007 in Digital Camera Settings, Photo Editing, Articles
Full manual exposure mode may help handle tricky exposures like this.
Photo by TeecNosPos.
Note: This is the second in a three-part series over the next three days exploring various settings photographers may not be aware about on their digital cameras. Part of getting the best value out of your digital camera is knowing exactly how it works, and photographers often spend a lot of time and money on trying to achieve an effect in their photos that is a lot easier than it looks. Friday we explored digital camera settings for beginners, with digital camera settings for intermediate photographers covered today and advanced photographers on Sunday.
Please note that most of these settings can be found on midrange to advanced digital cameras. Entry-level digital cameras typically have only the most basic features, leaving most of the decision-making to the camera itself. Nevertheless, reviewing this section may give the beginning photographer an idea of the functionality available today. More and more digital cameras are getting more and more features, so expect settings like these to become more commonplace soon.
Full Manual Mode
What it is:
A way of setting both the aperture and the shutter speed at the same time.
Where to find it:
Typically, on the dial on top of your digital camera. On most Olympus digital cameras, it is the M within the A/S/M mode. On most Nikon and Canon cameras, it is labeled by an M as well.
What it does:
The manual mode is a way for the photographer to control the digital camera窶s exposure settings completely. In aperture and shutter priority modes, the digital camera is responsible for half the thinking. But after spending a while in these modes, photographers often realize that the digital camera is a lot less smart than it should be. Tricky exposure situations often throw the digital camera off, resulting in images with blown highlights or lost shadow detail.
The sun was just outside of this frame, taken in the mid afternoon in the Grand Tetons. The camera struggled to find a good exposure combination on its own, but shooting in full manual mode enabled a better shot to be taken.
Photo by Dan Fletcher.
Manual mode is a way of ensuring more consistent results in these situations. The photographer sets both the shutter and the aperture, regulating both how long the sensor is exposed and how wide the lens opens. In this way, the exposure can be fine-tuned exactly to your specifications. Play around with manual mode and get an idea of what aperture and shutter speed combinations work in certain lighting situations. After a while, you窶ll get an intuitive feel as to what works well, and your photographs will begin to have more consistent exposures.
What to watch out for:
There窶s no hand-holding from your digital camera in manual mode. If you screw up, it窶s your fault. The only way your camera helps out is by indicating its guess as to your exposure settings on the exposure compensation meter. If the arrow on this meter strays too far from the center, your chosen settings are probably not right.
RAW File Format
What it is:
An uncompressed image format that preserves more information than the common JPEG.
Where to find it:
On the image quality and size submenu. Typically, there is a shortcut button to this on the digital camera body.
What it does:
In most cases, your digital camera isn窶t done with your photo once the shutter closes. There窶s a whole slew of adjustments that go on behind the scenes - sharpening, exposure compensation, color balance and contrast to name a few. What the RAW file format does is skip those final adjustments, forcing your digital camera to save only the data taken directly from the image sensor. All those other adjustments are left for you to deal with later, giving you a lot more control over how your final photograph looks.The RAW file format is also lossless, meaning the final image is not compressed at all either. This results in a higher-quality result, free of any artifacting that the JPEG format introduces.
Unfortunately, a RAW file isn窶t all that useful when it comes off the digital camera. Think of it as an image that is 90 percent done and requires some final tweaking. It becomes your job to go in and set the sharpness, saturation, exposure compensation and other attributes that the camera usually handles. It窶s a perfectionist窶s dream. With RAW, the photographer has control over literally every stage in the photographic process. You can adjust exactly what you want to adjust, and many software packages allow a fine level over control over the most menial of details in an image. With more advanced RAW editors, there窶s even ways to adjust for things like chromatic abrasion 窶" the purple fringing that occurs in hi
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