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Nature and Landscape Workshop in Rock Creek Trails - Rockville

  • Sep 13, 2014 · 9:00 AM

Hello everybody,

I am arranging a series of workshops called Nature & Landscape Workshops. 

We will discuss the very basics of shutter speed mode, aperture mode, and manual mode.  We will discuss ISO.  There is a time to use low ISO and high ISO.  We will talk about the histogram in terms of a properly exposed photograph, an underexposed photograph, and an overexposed photograph.  We will talk about the various white balances. 

Feel free to start a discussion about this.

We will meet at Rock Creek Trails in Rockville.

Directions to Rock Creek Park Trails:

Take Norbeck to Bauer Drive. 

Take  a right on Bauer Drive.

Take a right on Russett Drive. 

Park anywhere near Drake Drive, which is perpendicular to Russet Drive. 



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  • Nancy L.

    I am at this intersection and don't see anyone.

    September 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where is the exact location we are meeting up? I am near drake dr. Should I get on the trail from russet rd?

    September 13, 2014

  • Michael P.

    We have a small storm passing by. Don't let this discourage you. We just wait in our cars until the storm passes. So the event is still on.

    September 12, 2014

  • Michael P.

    Manual Priority Information
    • You set the aperture and shutter speed.
    • I recommend a tripod when using manual. Use your histogram to modify the histogram to avoid under or overexposing the photo.
    • Settings (ISO = 100, you chose the settings for aperture and shutterspeed)
    • When you use a tripod, use either a cable release or the camera self-timer.

    September 8, 2014

  • Michael P.

    Aperture priority information
    • You select the aperture. The Camera selects the shutter speed.
    • 1 2 2.8 4.0 5.6 8 11 16 22 32 45
    • There are times to use a wide aperture like f2.8) and there are times to use small aperture (like f22).
    • Use apertures like f2.8 – to have super sharp subjects with a blurred background.
    • Use apertures like f22 to have the whole photograph in focus.
    • Light key in the aperture. For low light, use a very wide aperture like f2.8 or as wide as you can go.
    • With a very high light, use a very narrow aperture like f22.
    • I recommend using aperture priority without tripod. ( iso = 400 aperture = you choice)

    September 8, 2014

  • Michael P.

    Shutter Speed Priority Information
    Shutter speed
    • You select the shutter speed. The camera sets the aperture.
    • 1” .5” 1/4 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000 etc.
    • There are times to use a quick shutter speed as well as a slow shutter speed.
    • Shutter speeds of 1/125 or greater – good for super sharp images and great for capturing the action.
    • Shutter speeds of 1/15 or slower – great for capturing the blur of something moving.
    • Use a slow shutter speed for waterfall silkiness. Use a quick shutter speed to capture the action.
    • For waterfall silkiness – use 1/15 or slower. Try using 2 or 5 second exposures.
    • For capturing the action in wildlife, try 1/125 or higher. The more light you have, the higher the shutter speed you should use. On a super cloudy, use a slower speed like 1/60.
    • I recommend using shutter speed priority without a tripod. (iso = 400 shutterspeed = your choice)

    September 8, 2014

  • Michael P.

    ISO information
    • ISO 100 [masked] 3200 etc. AUTO ISO
    • There times to use a low ISO and high ISO.
    • The lower the ISO, the lower the grain – digital noise. The higher the ISO, the higher the grain.
    • ISO 100 – use with a tripod.
    • ISO 200 – use with an external flash.
    • ISO 400 or higher – use for hand held. (sports, weddings)
    • AUTO ISO – recommend for the camera automatically setting the ISO – recommended for weddings, or sports)

    September 8, 2014

  • J D.

    Would this workshop be appropriate for a film slr camera?

    August 8, 2014

    • Michael P.

      Any type camera is welcome..

      August 9, 2014

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