We’ve had the Nikon D300 for the past 5 1/2 years. It’s my first SLR camera ever, and every now and then I go through phases of trying to understand manual photography a little better.
For those non-photography types, the SLR camera has 4 modes to choose from; Priority mode which is basically automatic, Shutter priority: where you control the shutter speed, Aperture priority: where you control the aperture and Manual where you control both shutter and aperture.
Manual mode is a place I’ve never been comfortable.
Recently, when I was taking pictures of the moose, I was on shutter priority. It’s not like he was really moving quickly or anything, I just had been feeling more comfortable on shutter priority vs. aperture priority.
Since it was pretty dark outside, I had my ISO bumped up rather high, and my shutter speed was low-ish so I could let more light in.
For some reason, when I hear the language used to explain aperture and shutter speed, I can regurgitate it, but I guess I don’t deeply understand it. So with both Aperture and Shutter speed, I’ve always re-interpret them as lower = lighter, though I know there’s more to it than that.
So back to my Moose dilemma. As it gets more light out, at what point do I dial up my shutter speed and turn down my ISO – or which do I do first and why?
Brian explains things to me in a very technical way, which reminds me of when my Dad taught me how to drive stick shift and doesn’t really register.
So I googled my question and found a lot of really great articles. Basic Photo Tips: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO – actually got me shooting in manual mode (pictured above). It turns out these three settings are called the Photographic Triangle, which is what I’m really trying to understand.
Does anyone have any easy to understand insight into “The Photographic Triangle?”
Dinner Last Night:
We were running low on supplies, but I had half a cauliflower. So I tried this recipe for gobi paratha which is very different from Vegan Richa’s paratha and served it with left over tahini sauce and tapatillo. I think the tahini hot sauce combo made the dish.
On the side we had a salad “jumble” with kidney beans, corn, celery, cherry tomatoes and carrots tossed in lime juice.
2013 Cost of Camping:
93 nights paid camping (thru Saturday 9/21)
171 nights free camping
264 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $2,550.07
Daily average cost of camping: $9.66