snubbr.com

Where should I start - exposure or composition?
Hi all,.

So I'm a college student looking to pick up photography as a hobby. I'm not *completely* new to this, I did take my high school's B&W film intro to photography class about 5 years ago. Since then I've been using the Olympus C-4000 that I bought right at the end of the course. In the last few years my hobby has kind of disappeared, partly due to disappointment with my camera and partly due to lack of time - I'm majoring in computer science and the courses are pretty time consuming..

I've already been on the forum for a week or two now, and I've already used it to pick my next camera, a Nikon D40, which I will buy within the next month probably. I've decided to practice on my current camera in the meantime..

What I'm curious about is as I'm trying to improve my photography skills where should I start? Is it better to shoot in auto and focus on composition/focus first, or focus on exposure first? I'm aware that there are lots of books out and web resources out there for how to do both, but suggestions on a starting point would be very helpful..

Thanks for your help!http://www.flickr.com/photos/jbphotogrl/..

Comments (5)

You can't really separate composition and exposure since depth of field is almost always a consideration when composing a shot..

I strongly recommend that you start off by shooting everything in manual exposure mode, not because you will get better pictures that way, but because it will force you to think carefully about every shot that you take.Chris R..

Comment #1

I agree. Shoot manual aperture and shutter speeds, and focus manually. This will teach you how and why you are getting correctly exposed shots. Framing experience will result naturally as you shoot more. And do that, shoot loads and learn by experience. It costs nothing on digital.jules.

You can't really separate composition and exposure since depth offield is almost always a consideration when composing a shot..

I strongly recommend that you start off by shooting everything inmanual exposure mode, not because you will get better pictures thatway, but because it will force you to think carefully about everyshot that you take.Chris R.

Why can't you blow bubbles with chewing gum?..

Comment #2

Obviously, this is a generalization for which there are exceptions, but many of us shoot outdoors using Av and indoors using M. Like another poster said, you can't separate exposure and composition. I frequently quickly compose, then expose, then refine the composition, then expose again..

Jerryhttp://jchoate.zenfolio.com/..

Comment #3

You'll be working on composition with every shot, forever..

I'm going to vote for "assisted" as opposed to manual as a strating point. If you go with fully manual then you can end up with enough variables being juggled that it's hard to figure out which one is doing what to your shots..

I'll suggest that you start out using the aperture priority mode. Get a good feel for how the aperture affect the depth of field in your images without having to worry about your shots being too badly under/over exposed..

Move on to shutter priority. You'll get a feel for how much motion you can stop - what you can comfortably handhold, etc..

Once you have a solid understanding of the effects of apereture and shutterspeed, then you can go to town in manual..

You'll still need to set aside some time to play with the exposure compensation in the camera. Also, shooting with a flash will be very, very different. No shortage of things to learn ..

Comment #4

Take a photography course or read a lot to find out what makes a good photo. check out onexposure.net and look at the critique forums on rejected photos. onexposure is a judged photo sharing site so only decent stuff gets on. check out kenrockwell.com the 'how-to' section...

Comment #5

Click Here to View All...

Sponsored Amazon Deals:

1. Get big savings on Amazon warehouse deals.
2. Save up to 70% on Amazon Products.


This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.

 

Categories: Home | Diet & Weight Management | Vitamins & Supplements | Herbs & Cleansing |

Sexual Health | Medifast Support | Nutrisystem Support | Medifast Questions |

Web Hosting | Web Hosts | Website Hosting | Hosting |

Web Hosting | GoDaddy | Digital Cameras | Best WebHosts |

Web Hosting FAQ | Web Hosts FAQ | Hosting FAQ | Hosting Group |

Hosting Questions | Camera Tips | Best Cameras To Buy | Best Cameras This Year |

Camera Q-A | Digital Cameras Q-A | Camera Forum | Nov 2010 - Cameras |

Oct 2010 - Cameras | Oct 2010 - DSLRs | Oct 2010 - Camera Tips | Sep 2010 - Cameras |

Sep 2010 - DSLRS | Sep 2010 - Camera Tips | Aug 2010 - Cameras | Aug 2010 - DSLR Tips |

Aug 2010 - Camera Tips | July 2010 - Cameras | July 2010 - Nikon Cameras | July 2010 - Canon Cameras |

July 2010 - Pentax Cameras | Medifast Recipes | Medifast Recipes Tips | Medifast Recipes Strategies |

Medifast Recipes Experiences | Medifast Recipes Group | Medifast Recipes Forum | Medifast Support Strategies |

Medifast Support Experiences |

 

(C) Copyright 2010 All rights reserved.