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#1 ihavegills

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Posted 23 January 2016 - 05:55 AM

I'm pretty new. I just want to set the camera so I can go out in bright daylight and take some pictures. I WAS able to do this at first, the setting was the green A+ on the wheel. Somehow I screwed up the setting and in sunlight WAY TOO MUCH light was coming in and it ruined everything. Easy instructions for auto? 



#2 Matonanjin

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Posted 24 January 2016 - 03:38 PM

ihavegills, what kind of camera do you have?  I'm not sure what you mean by A+.  "A" on the settings wheel means "Aperture" priority.  This means the camera is going to use  the aperture or, "F-stop" we use to call it, that you set.  It will then adjust the shutter speed, faster or slower, based on your aperture, and the ISO that you have set, to get a proper exposure.

 

What setting did you have your "A" set on?

 

If "WAY TOO MUCH light was coming in and it ruined everything", then, as you know, you need to make some adjustments.  Three things determine exposure:  1) Aperture, 2) Shutter Speed and, 3) ISO.

 

  1.  Aperture is the size of the opening letting light in.  F/1.4, F/2.0, F/2.8, F/4.0, F/5.6, F/8, F/11, F/16, etc. The smaller the number the wider the opening and thusly the more light is allowed in.  F/2.8 allows 1/2 the light as F/2.0.  Each number in the series I listed allows 1/2 the light of the previous number.  Trust me.  It's complicated logarithmic math. 
  2. Shutter speed determines how long the light is allowed through that opening in #1: 1/30 sec, 1/60 sec., 1/125 sec, 1/250 sec, 1/500 sec, 1/1000 sec.  Obviously, each increasing number allows 1/2 the light of the previous number.
  3. ISO is the "sensitivity" of your camera to light.  100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, etc.  The higher the number the more sensitive.

 

My guess is that on a bright sunny day you had your camera set to an aperture set to a setting that allowed a lot of light in, F/2 or 2.8, and also possibly a high ISO number, to where your camera could not get a fast enough shutter speed to stop the light, to compensate, and therefor you got over exposures.

 

Finally, to answer your question of "Easy instructions for auto?".

 

Go to your camera manual index and find out how to set ISO.  1) On a bright sunny day an ISO of 100 is plenty.  (After you take a couple test shots you can up it a little, 200 or 400, if need be.)

2) Set your "A" to a mid-range number, F/5.6 or F/8.0.

 

These numbers should work on a bright, sunny day.   These three numbers, btw, Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO, are known as the "Exposure Triangle" and you will soon learn what they mean in more depth and how to adjust them in the L&M P course.

 

In the meantime you may want to pick up an excellent book on this subject called Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson.  It is excellent and cheap.  If you go to that link I think it is only $16.

 

Good Luck.  I hope that helps.


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#3 harryv

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Posted 24 January 2016 - 05:34 PM

I'm guessing a Canon Rebel T5, mine has the green A+ which is the automatic setting. It's my first venture into the digital world and now I want something like the 70D.

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#4 Matonanjin

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Posted 29 January 2016 - 09:39 PM

Well ihavegills, are you going to report back.  Did you try the settings I recommended?


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