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wrxfactor
08-04-2008, 11:51 AM
I'd like to see everyone's settings for different types of photography, such as: portrait, landscape, night (low light and average light), automotive, bright daylight, sports/action, sunset/sunrise, star trails, and others. I know there are more I'm probably missing but I think it would be great to get an idea of where everyone starts with their settings.

Here is what I think the format should look like:
Photo Category:
Camera Mode:
Shutter Speed:
Aperture:
ISO:
EV:
White Balance:
Flash used (if yes, external vs onboard):
Max lens aperture:
Prime/zoom:

I think doing something like this would help some people get away from the green button or simply give them a place to start when they may be unfamiliar. I'm not really sure it would go, but maybe general or tutorials? I'd like to get people's ideas on this before we get it rolling so it doesn't get cluttered with unnecessary posts.

Juanita
08-04-2008, 11:56 AM
Another good ideaR.

user errors
08-04-2008, 12:17 PM
Photo Category: Autocross/Drifting (capturing motion for slower speed motorsports)
Camera Mode: Tv. M
Shutter speed: 1/30; 1/60; 1/80
Aperture: auto if Tv.. otherwise depends on lighting conditions
ISO: 100 if possible
EV: 0
White Balance: Auto.. but I shoot RAW and adjust it in photoshop
Flash: not typically

Last two categories are :unamused: pointless.. you use whatever gives you the necessary reach

wrxfactor
08-04-2008, 12:31 PM
Fair enough, but I only put it there because what if someone was shooting around 80-90mm, then an 85mm f/1.8 might be used over a 70-200 f/2.8

Geekybiker
08-04-2008, 12:35 PM
Not as a thread. Maybe as a database.

subimatt
08-04-2008, 12:41 PM
I dont think this really works since there are so many variables that can play into a scene and be in the same category persay, but I generally shoot everything the same way with adjustments based on what im shooting.

Heres how I roll. ;)

Photo Category: ALL
Camera Mode: 75% AV 25% M
Shutter speed: Depends, faster the better
Aperture: 90% f1.4 - f8, 10% f8 - f16.
ISO: As low as possible.
EV: Depends on subject, conditions, ect.
White Balance: Auto
Flash: Low light, weddings yes.
Max lens aperture: 1.4 -2.8 on all lenses.
Prime/zoom: Generally zooms
File Type: Raw always

wrxfactor
08-04-2008, 01:04 PM
Not as a thread. Maybe as a database.

So how would you suggest going about it? I'm kinda just thinking a sticky of generally accepted starting points for specific photography.

jacobsen1
08-04-2008, 01:24 PM
Not sure why this couldn't/should just be the thread.... :lol:
but yeah, great idea where ever it ends up... I even think we should add in file type, but that might cause some trouble.... :lol:


Photo Category: People (generally inside)
Camera Mode: Av
Shutter Speed: try to keep it above 1/60th
Aperture: f/2.0
ISO: as low as I can go, but generally 800
EV: if needed, sure
White Balance: Auto unless I know it'll stay the same for all shots, then CWB
Flash used : never!
Prime/zoom: Primes, 24, 50, 85, 135 and 300, as needed.
File Type: Always RAW because these shots are 75% hard lighting and high ISO for me and I need RAW because CWB won't work in my house and RAW handles noise MUCH better once you get to 800 and up.

Photo Category: Landscapes hand held
Camera Mode: Tv
Shutter Speed: 1/125th
Aperture: as small as I can get
ISO: as low as I can go
EV: if needed, sure
White Balance: Auto
Flash used : never!
Prime/zoom: UWA zoom or fisheye
File Type: JPEG

Photo Category: Landscapes from the tripod
Camera Mode: Av
Shutter Speed: whatever it lands on
Aperture: f/11~f/16
ISO: ISO100
EV: if needed, sure
White Balance: Auto
Flash used : never!
Prime/zoom: TS-Es, UWA zoom or fisheye
File Type: JPEG

Photo Category: Action!
Camera Mode: Tv
Shutter Speed: 1/90th~1/500th, depending on what I'm doing
Aperture: whatever the above needs to work
ISO: as low as I can go
EV: if needed, sure
White Balance: Auto
Flash used : never!
Prime/zoom: FE, UWA zoom, Tele Zoom and the 300 as needed
File Type: JPEG

Also, this is why I leave my EXIFs intact where possible. I feel if it helps 1 person it was worth it and if you watch them enough, you'll notice how I shoot different things.

wrxfactor
08-04-2008, 01:35 PM
Not sure why this couldn't/should just be the thread.... :lol:
but yeah, great idea where ever it ends up... I even think we should add in file type, but that might cause some trouble.... :lol:

Wayyyyyyyyy ahead of you there, that's why I left it out! I swear I had it typed and erased it. I guess a thread would work just fine though :)


Also, this is why I leave my EXIFs intact where possible. I feel if it helps 1 person it was worth it and if you watch them enough, you'll notice how I shoot different things.

Yes, and I always read the EXIF when people post it to get ideas. This would just be a faster way without clicking on individual threads and seeing that EXIF often isn't posted.

wrxfactor
09-25-2008, 03:15 PM
Bumping this for old and new members to make contributions.