Most photographers just pick up their brand new camera and start capturing images. This is totally fine, but here are some best practices to becoming a professional photographer.
Have you ever wanted to become a photographer? It can be quite expensive and time consuming and a very difficult career. But here at Photo Beyond, we are here to make sure you understand some of the or all of the best practices witch takes time to learn. Have you ever wondered how a photographer is getting all these photos taken directly from his/her camera on a daily basis? They started out from nothing but a camera in their hand. But in this blog post, our goal is to make sure you get a good understanding statement of the correct settings you should use for your canon cameras before capturing some of the best moments in photography.
1. Take a normal picture
this is good for a before after experience. But in this first step, just take a regular picture with the default settings and save the regular photo. This will show you in the end, how much simple settings can impact the bigger picture. Before we get into the settings, lets have a look at this regular photo taken with the default settings from my canon EOS.
Keeping this in mind, this photo was taken exactly as it is. In this photo, there is only two lighting going on. The lighting from a T.V and another lighting from a lamp around 6:30pm, with a little lighting coming from the bedroom window. It could be ideal for default settings based on the lighting in the room. If you have amazing lighting equipment, it may be ideal for using default settings so the exposure settings on your camera is low but still showing amazing results in the photograph.
2. Slightly turn down the exposure
While, it may be tempting to turn the exposure also known as AEB all the way up, but you may get over-exposed results meaning, the photograph will be whitened out and too bright for the eyes as well as turning it down could lead to under-exposed, meaning it is too dark in the photograph.
Your goal at this point should be heading towards great lighting, assuming you are taking a photograph with only one or two mid-lighting in the room. At this point your exposure should slightly be decreased from the default exposure settings, to give you slightly better lighting results. Your exposure should look something like this:
I found that P (Program Mode) is great for shooting photography, this mode sets shutter speed and aperture automatically, this is a good mode to choose. But it doesn't offer any control over these settings. So I personally like to use AV (Aperture Value) or TV: Shutter Priority. These both lets you set Exposure settings to your liking. As I mentioned before, this is really important to kinda just mess around with but I recommend turning it down just a bit as if you mess around with other settings to find the perfect shooting mode. But keep in mind, if you are outside shooting photography, you may want to change the settings a bit, (I will also create blogs for outside shooting). But for now, this is perfect for indoors. Another thing to keep in mind when messing around with the settings. A camera ("Lets just say") has a mind of its own. Certain lighting can come through the lens and get different results in the final photograph. Of course there is editing, but in this blog our main focus is capturing the perfect image with no editing or fancy lighting involved.
3. Auto Lighting Optimizer
At this point I have the auto lighting optimizer set to "Standard" Auto Lighting Optimizer is Canon's term for in-camera post-processing to automatically adjust shadows and highlights in high-contrast images. Nikon has a similar feature called "Active D-Lighting", and other makers have corresponding capabilities as well.
The histogram is basically unrelated, although if you see that your scene smashes up against both ends, that's a good indication that using this feature might help.
Tip: For some pros, getting decent results fast is the most important. They're trying to make a living, not art, or perfection. Shooting in JPEG and using the camera's JPEG capabilities to the fullest is very convenient here. For others, meticulous control is important; these pros shoot in RAW and hand-tune everything. Others fall into the spectrum in between.
4. Metering mode
We have this mode set to Center-weighted average. We tested out the two other options, "Evaluative metering" witch gave us a darker photograph, and "Partial metering" witch gave us a OK lighting in our photograph, most might not tell the difference between Partial metering and Center-weighted average, but we went ahead and selected the 3rd option. As it fit our needs with the lighting we have in the room and to the first 3 steps so far gave us a pretty decent photograph.
5. Image quality
We have this setting set to "S3" but you may prefer going with "RAW+" this is a great setting as well, really increases the light, but in our experience, may be a bit too much for our taste. So we went for S3. Your final photograph should look something like this:
Thats the settings we have set for our canon EOS camera, these settings will work for any canon cameras, if any of these settings are not on your specific camera, there should be settings similar. Please leave comments below this blog post and i will try and help as best as I can. I would like to also know, witch future blogs would you like to see? Remember these blogs are to help you out in your photography career, witch could go along way from being a beginner to a professional in no time! This is a really good step in the right direction for becoming a really good photographer