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Nature and Landscape Workshop in Rock Creek Park in DC

  • Sep 27, 2014 · 9:00 AM

Hello everybody,

This is the same workshop as before with other new techniques. 

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. 

We will talk about the polarizers, quality of light, how to photograph in a cloudy day, sunny day etc.

Feel free to start a discussion about this.

We will meet at Rock Creek Trails in DC.

Directions to Rock Creek Park in DC:

Take 495 East toward Silver Spring

Take 185 South.

Take a left on Military Road.

Follow brown signs to the park.  Use Beach Drive

Drive a few miles in the park.  Park near Bladgen Road.



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  • Marc W.

    A pleasant outing overall. The weather was perfect for photography and it was nice to meet new friends.

    September 27, 2014

    • Michael P.

      It was nice meeting everybody, and yes a great day for photography.

      September 28, 2014

  • Michael P.

    Information about the Manual Mode
    • 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 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.
    • The amount of light could help you determine the aperture you use.
    • I recommend using aperture priority without tripod. ( iso = 400 aperture = you choice)

    September 8, 2014

  • Michael P.

    Shutterspeed 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

    September 8, 2014

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