1 Thing 10 Ways Challenge: Week 3
Here we are – week 3 (belated) of my 1 thing 10 ways challenge!
Well, it’s been a couple of weeks I know. But I am still committed to doing this challenge weekly, if I can. I had a post lined up a couple of weeks ago, but my photo shoot was a bust. Too dark all around. Guess I need to work on that for another time!
So, in my Intermediate photography class this term, we have been working on exposure settings and TTL flash. So, for this exercise, I did a little work with exposure metering and TTL, and threw in some changing ISO and macro setting for fun. So, here we go!
Here we are at baseline. I used my 100mm macro lens, with auto focus, but on Manual. I used the 100 because it’s my only digital lens (besides my kit lens) and the only one I can use TTL flash with.
This picture was taking in late morning, in the master bedroom (which faces south and west) with the light on, the curtains open, and a light shining on this little guy here. Even so, I needed to us ISO800 with F2.8, and was able then to use 1/100 shutter speed, which was good cause, you know, hand held. This was with evaluative metering.
Next, I switched to spot metering, metered off little dude’s face, and kept the same settings.
I failed miserably metering off the grey card, which told me to move to 1/25 shutter speed (same aperture and ISO settings). I think the grey card was not at the right angle so I didn’t get the right exposure off of it. Something I need to work on.
Next I ventured into TTL. The next three shots were all at ISO800, F2.8 and shutter speed of 1/60 (evaluative metered). This first shot was with TTL at -2.0. It was quite similar to my first shot with no flash and evaluative metering.
I turned up the dial on TTL to -1.0 This one I liked – a little more pop here.
But when I turned TTL up to 0, well, this one is a bit too much!
Then I turned off TTL and decided to throw metering out the window and see what would happen by just turning down the ISO (leaving the other settings at F2/8 and 1/60). This was ISO400.
And this was ISO100. I like to keep ISO at 100, so this was a good lesson in letting that go when need be, rather than slowing the shutter speed. Cause, you know, focus…
Finally, I macroed out. After all, I was playing with the macro lens! Here we are at manual focus, 1/30 shutter speed, ISO800, F2.8 (evaluative metering).
And here we are at the same settings (and yes, I moved around a bit…I was struggling a bit with the focus in the macro) adding -2.0 TTL,
My lessons for this term have made me watch metering for exposure much more closely, and I am now starting to feel more comfortable with understanding how I can use the internal TTL flash to make things pop a bit more. I don’t know what I will be trying out next week – stay tuned until then!