Hello! I admire your photographs! The quality of the photos is amazing. I wonder if you could tell me how to set my camera settings because the effect on your photos is something I always wanted to achieve but never did. As you can guess I'm a beginner but I'm willing to learn. Thank you in advance! :)
Aww, thank you. I still feel pretty new - but these days have a bit of a better idea of what I’m trying to do, at least. If you scroll through my photo nerdery tag, you’ll find info on my equipment, and a few tips on the process. It’s not just the camera settings - processing is a huge part of photography.
But as it happens, you can find out the exact camera settings for most of my photos pretty easily. If you have any of the solo ones (sets don’t work for some reason) in your “likes” list or your dash and mouseover them, there will be a little “i” icon in the lower left - and if you click it it will show the settings - camera type, focal angle, ISO, and exposure. Mostly, you’ll find that I favor wide-aperture high-ISO shorts (at least by my ancient camera’s standards), which makes sense as I’m often photographing things in low light, handheld, and need help with the shutter speeds. But I also like how things turn out that way too.
I mostly shoot aperture-priority mode, set the ISO to get me reasonable exposure times (I’d leave it on auto if I could, but my camera is too old), and dial in a little exposure compensation when the camera is underexposing or if there are blown out highlights in the shot (my canon blinks those areas so they’re easy to check). Watching the histogram is helpful as the screen on my camera is a dirty liar. Exposure bracketing is probably a very good idea, but I’m lazy.
Always shoot raw, it will help you tremendously when it come to adjustments and fixes.
Get as comfortable with the concept of white balance as you can. It’s a big one. Hard too, as it’s largely an artistic choice, so start figuring out what you like early on. Setting it in camera is great, but you will often have to fix it up in post - yet another reason to shoot RAW.
Those are very generic tips, I know. I’m not really sure what else to tell you. I guess it depends on what it is you like about my photos. The softness and depth of field? Shoot wide open. The colors? The trick is mostly in setting the white balance. The quantity/quality of light? We got lucky with the floorlamp. The slight fade? Curves adjustment. If you ask more specific questions I can try to help out.
Something that is possibly helpful - a complete set of post-processing adjustments on one our photos:
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As you can see I don’t go too crazy with post, but the white balance setting in particular has a very dramatic effect. It’s why this image looks pink/orange as opposed to its original yellow, or a neutral white. Get comfy with it, it’s very important - and can be challenging as your own eyes are constantly adjusting and compensating even as you’re working on it.
Anyway, this post is getting way too long… hope someone found all that at least a little helpful :)