Bragging about our expensive mirrorless/DSLR vs a point and shoot

Started Jun 16, 2014 | Discussions thread
tamras29 Regular Member • Posts: 441
Re: Bragging about our expensive mirrorless/DSLR vs a point and shoot

biza43 wrote:

The issues alluded to here are easy to understand and to correct for, all basic photo books will provide answers.

If you are shooting people against the light, you can either expose for the background and provide some fill light on the faces (using a flash or reflector, or both); or expose for the shaded faces and watch the background go bright and even overexposed.

Typically, one would choose the first route, and use a flash as fill. But then of course your flash may need to be powerful enough, and your camera needs to be able to do high synch speed flash shooting...

If all of this sounds too complicated, don't sweat, there is a reason why many cameras have a "green" mode on the mode dial, or several scene modes.

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If camera meters ISO 200 f8 at 1/500 second, what will the shutter speed be at f4  to keep the exposure the same?

Unless the budding photographer with deep pocket can answer this one without the help of Google - this for who point and shoots are made for.  I teach photography to beginners, and the first thing I insist on out in the field is take your camera out of "green box" mode and into manual and see what happens when you press the shutter. There is of course always a look of shear terror on the faces at first, but they almost always get there in the end.

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