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    So I have my entry level Nikon, I have taken a class or two, I was doing good. Then I was convinced to take my camera off auto and shoot in manual and I am beyond frustrated. I know we have some good photographers on the board so which websites can you guys recommend for me to visit or books that I can read?

    I know it's a lot about trial and error and it will take time and I have only been at this for a couple months, but I am so frustrated with my indoor lighting issues. I have a speedlight but don't always want to walk around with it on or have things to bounce light from. I also have some lights, but again, I'm not going to bring them with me everywhere I go.

    Specifically today, I was at my parents and the pictures were too dark. I know what I could have done, I should have lowered my ISO so that tonight I could have lightened them in Photoshop without making them grainy, but I did not think of that today, so little good it does me now.

    Also, I did just start capturing in RAW + JPEG Fine, so I do have the raw files, but they look worse than the JPEGs to me. Am I going crazy?

    -Emily
    "To dream of the person you would like to be is to waste the person you are."-Sholem Asch

    "I always turn to the sports page first, which records people's accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man's failures."-Earl Warren

    "I didn't intend for this to take on a political tone. I'm just here for the drugs."-Nancy Reagan, when asked a political question at a "Just Say No" rally

    "He no play-a da game, he no make-a da rules."-Earl Butz, on the Pope's attitude toward birth control

  • #2
    Em, you shouldn't have to lighten them with photoshop unless your exposure was under. Unless you've gone to extremes with the ISO it shouldn't have any problems with grain. If the shots of your parents were indoors during the day and you had the ISO set to around 100 it's definitely an exposure problem. What's your exposure meter telling you when you're setting your aperture?
    In the realm of spirit, seek clarity; in the material world, seek utility.

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    • #3
      Well, what happened is that they were in front of a window with a lot of light behind them, so I have a feeling it metered off the window. I should have double checked where it was metering, but again, one more thing to remember that I didn't.

      I set the exposure to the middle once i focused, which I have been practicing and have had success with. Until today. Again I blame all the light coming from behind the people. So how do I tone down the bright behind the people without losing the people?

      There is so much to remember to do at one time. Ugh. Auto was so much easier. lol
      "To dream of the person you would like to be is to waste the person you are."-Sholem Asch

      "I always turn to the sports page first, which records people's accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man's failures."-Earl Warren

      "I didn't intend for this to take on a political tone. I'm just here for the drugs."-Nancy Reagan, when asked a political question at a "Just Say No" rally

      "He no play-a da game, he no make-a da rules."-Earl Butz, on the Pope's attitude toward birth control

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      • #4
        Which Nikon do you have?

        Nikon has some nice classes on their website.

        Here is the article about ISO: Understanding ISO Sensitivity | When to Change ISO Settings from Nikon Photography Tips Techniques and Tutorials | Nikon Learn and Explore
        No such thing as a good tax - Churchill

        To make mistakes is human. To blame someone else for your mistake, is strategic.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by THL View Post
          Well, what happened is that they were in front of a window with a lot of light behind them, so I have a feeling it metered off the window. I should have double checked where it was metering, but again, one more thing to remember that I didn't.

          I set the exposure to the middle once i focused, which I have been practicing and have had success with. Until today. Again I blame all the light coming from behind the people. So how do I tone down the bright behind the people without losing the people?

          There is so much to remember to do at one time. Ugh. Auto was so much easier. lol
          You should leave the blend open longer. Only con is you should have a steady hand or a tripod.

          I have two friends (girls) who are professional photo-reporters, so after a while the camera weight wont be an issue and people will hesitate to piss you after you develop those muscles :red:
          No such thing as a good tax - Churchill

          To make mistakes is human. To blame someone else for your mistake, is strategic.

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          • #6
            Honestly? There is no need to shoot in Manual. I was never with the field that said manual would improve your skills. I personally shoot P, A, S with auto-ISO. The only time I shoot manual is when I know I need X shutter speed and Y aperture for a photo but I leave auto-ISO on. In essence I am adjusting my depth of field and rotational blur (or lack of it) and letting the camera compensate for my exposure with auto-ISO.

            I own a photography company by the way, and was (is?) a professional photographer although I'm doing more of the management side than the shooting now.

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            • #7
              So with the sun, or bright lights, behind people inside a house, where it is then causing their faces to be dark, I guess I would have been better off using the flip up flash and shooting in P. It would have been better to have had them move to the other couch, but Dharma was being calm and cooperative so I did not want to make her move. lol. It's not like I lost some fantastic once-in-a-lifetime shot, but when I get these little ones wrong I like to fix them because one day there may be one I REALLY wanted to get.
              "To dream of the person you would like to be is to waste the person you are."-Sholem Asch

              "I always turn to the sports page first, which records people's accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man's failures."-Earl Warren

              "I didn't intend for this to take on a political tone. I'm just here for the drugs."-Nancy Reagan, when asked a political question at a "Just Say No" rally

              "He no play-a da game, he no make-a da rules."-Earl Butz, on the Pope's attitude toward birth control

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Doktor View Post
                Which Nikon do you have?

                Nikon has some nice classes on their website.

                Here is the article about ISO: Understanding ISO Sensitivity | When to Change ISO Settings from Nikon Photography Tips Techniques and Tutorials | Nikon Learn and Explore
                A D3100. Nothing too fancy, but enough that I can learn and if I like it upgrade later if I need to. I just want to be able to get better pictures of the kids and dogs, so it's not like I have high aspirations. lol.

                I've looked around a little on their site, but not before I took an actual class where i could sit with someone and ask questions. Now that I have I should go back to Nikon and look around again. I am finding that the more different explanations I receive for the same thing, the more I understand it, but it was nice to be able to see someone show me answers than to just read them.
                "To dream of the person you would like to be is to waste the person you are."-Sholem Asch

                "I always turn to the sports page first, which records people's accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man's failures."-Earl Warren

                "I didn't intend for this to take on a political tone. I'm just here for the drugs."-Nancy Reagan, when asked a political question at a "Just Say No" rally

                "He no play-a da game, he no make-a da rules."-Earl Butz, on the Pope's attitude toward birth control

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by THL View Post
                  Dharma was being calm and cooperative so I did not want to make her move.
                  ...the hell??
                  “Never let yourself be persuaded that any one Great Man, any one leader, is necessary to the salvation of America. When America consists of one leader and 158 million followers, it will no longer be America.”
                  ― Dwight D. Eisenhower

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by TopHatter View Post
                    ...the hell??
                    I KNOW! She was being good and nice and even smiled. But then again that was right before that evil smile pic I posted on the Dharmaland FB wall. So she may have been bluffing. lol
                    "To dream of the person you would like to be is to waste the person you are."-Sholem Asch

                    "I always turn to the sports page first, which records people's accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man's failures."-Earl Warren

                    "I didn't intend for this to take on a political tone. I'm just here for the drugs."-Nancy Reagan, when asked a political question at a "Just Say No" rally

                    "He no play-a da game, he no make-a da rules."-Earl Butz, on the Pope's attitude toward birth control

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