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supercelts7
13th February 2009, 10:31 AM
Have owned my E-420 for about 4 months now and I love it. *yes
I'm a total newbie to photography and slowly starting to get to grips with the functions on my camera. As such, I'm still using the "idiot settings" most of the time and am even using the wrong one those at times!! :rolleyes: I have a decent tripod which I think I'll need to start using when I switch to manual settings. My biggest problems seem to be;

a) What lens to use when (incl. hoods)
b) What program mode to use for the best results
c) Getting the combination of aperture & shutter speed right in manual mode

I will post some pics that did work (I think) and some that didn't quite work out the way I planned.

I'd like some advice on photographing animals and using fast/slow shutter speeds. All advice and criticism will be greatly appreciated.

StephenL
13th February 2009, 12:48 PM
Hi Peter and welcome! Sounds like you're going about things the right way to learn photography as opposed to snapshot taking, so well done to you. The best way to learn is to make mistakes and figure out why.
Just as an aside, I would advise you use the lens hood at all times, except maybe when using flash. It really will improve the contrast of your images and reduce flare.
Lets see some of your shots so we can see what you're up to ;)

supercelts7
13th February 2009, 12:53 PM
Hi Peter and welcome! Sounds like you're going about things the right way to learn photography as opposed to snapshot taking, so well done to you. The best way to learn is to make mistakes and figure out why.
Just as an aside, I would advise you use the lens hood at all times, except maybe when using flash. It really will improve the contrast of your images and reduce flare.
Lets see some of your shots so we can see what you're up to ;)

Hi Stephen,

Thanks for the reply. Ok, here's a few pics I took on a daytrip this week.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/thumbs/P1010104.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=12667)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/thumbs/P1010109.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=12668)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/thumbs/P1010116.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=12670)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/thumbs/P1010110.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=12669)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/thumbs/P1010119.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=12671)

Ellie
13th February 2009, 10:27 PM
Hi Peter :)

I see you've got some lovely pictures of Chaffinches in your gallery too.

I've got the E-400, use Aperture priority almost all the time, always use a lens hood because it helps stop stray light getting at the lenses.

Can't comment about manual mode, because I don't use it.

MarkVarley
14th February 2009, 12:40 AM
Have owned my E-420 for about 4 months now and I love it. *yes
I'm a total newbie to photography and slowly starting to get to grips with the functions on my camera. As such, I'm still using the "idiot settings" most of the time and am even using the wrong one those at times!! :rolleyes: I have a decent tripod which I think I'll need to start using when I switch to manual settings. My biggest problems seem to be;

a) What lens to use when (incl. hoods)
b) What program mode to use for the best results
c) Getting the combination of aperture & shutter speed right in manual mode

I will post some pics that did work (I think) and some that didn't quite work out the way I planned.

I'd like some advice on photographing animals and using fast/slow shutter speeds. All advice and criticism will be greatly appreciated.

Choice of lens is mainly dictated by how far away from you your subject is and how big it is. lens hoods should almost always be used to avoid lens flare.

I never use program modes so can't help much with that beyond 'sport' (or similar) will bias towards a faster shutter, 'portrait' will bias towards a low f number (wider aperture). there are others but as I never use them I'm not much help...

as for manual mode, when I'm not using flash I usually flip to aperture priority, dial in what I want for DOF (or just get it wide open if I know I'm going to be struggling for light) and see what shutter speed the cameras spot metering suggests, from there I flip over to manual and fiddle the shutter speed to get what I want. usually, different subjects / places / conditions etc etc etc call for different approaches sometimes.

photographing animals usually calls for a wide open aperture to isolate them from backgrounds and enable a faster shutter for freezing any movement they make, unless you want some blur in movement when you might go down to 1/60 or so... :cool:

supercelts7
14th February 2009, 03:20 PM
Hi Peter :)

I see you've got some lovely pictures of Chaffinches in your gallery too.



Nope, no chaffinches, just a heron. *yes

Thanks for the welcome advice everyone, will keep mucking about with the settings and will definitely use the hood. :cool: