ok here it goes! yet another Noobie post! question about 300D best settings!

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by rutman, Mar 22, 2005.

  1. rutman

    rutman Guest


    I am noobie, so please be gentle! or i will run as a cat!


    I just purcahsed my 300d and i am having so much fun with it. One of
    the projects I would like to accomplish is to take a great portrait
    shot of both my kids.

    I would like to know the following.

    If I want a good , really good portrait what would be the best
    settings to use?

    I will be focusing on just the middle part of the body and head shots.

    I was thinking of lining the walls with white sheets in order to
    reflect light, and let lots of sunlight come through. I am still a
    noobie when it comes to shutter speed, WB etc.. I have tried several
    different modes, but it looks like I take the best shot when its sunny
    outside and with the portrait ( automode on ) ISo 100

    any ideas guys?

    rutman, Mar 22, 2005
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    paul Guest

    You will want a small aperture number (large opening) and stand back
    pretty far to zoom in. This blurs the background (shallow depth of
    field) so the subject stands out without distractions. The distance also
    minimizes distortions like huge nose that you would get with a wide
    angle up close like a fisheye lens.

    I imagine lighting is important but I don't know much 'bout that. One
    thing I heard about is two layers of white sheets over the window
    separated by a few inches (experiment) to disperse the light. The double
    layer has much more impact than one. Then you might need a slow shutter
    speed to maintain the wide aperture with a tripod and get them to sit
    still. Make it soft light so pimples don't cast shadows <grin>. If you
    use the flash, hold a small mirror or white card in front of it to
    bounce off the ceiling. At this point you will probably need to put it
    in manual since you are fiddling with the exposure so just do some trial
    & error.

    I think portrait mode adjusts the color balance specifically for skin
    tones. Ideally you would shoot a grey card and read the manual to figure
    out how to set that picture as the base for white balance then add a bit
    of whatever it is for the skin tone enhancement, I don't know exactly
    what that is.
    paul, Mar 22, 2005
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    Until you get a feel for what works best, examine every photo for the
    EXIF information for clues as to what works, and what doesn't, the best
    idea is to set the camera to 'auto', and let it do its job. Other than
    the kid's time, it costs you nothing to experiment, but take the auto
    settings as a starting point to jump off into the manual settings, one
    at a time until you understand them, and how they are interrelated.
    Ron Hunter, Mar 22, 2005
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    rutman Guest


    rutman, Mar 22, 2005
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    Ken Weitzel Guest

    Hi Rutman...

    You're about to discover one of the major advantages of
    digital... no cost for film or processing :)

    So the answer is - take dozens or even hundreds... then
    pick out the one(s) you like best.

    Ken Weitzel, Mar 22, 2005
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    Sheldon Guest

    First, use aperture priority. You want to use a large aperture to blur the
    background. If done right you won't need any kind of special background as
    a good blur is often better.

    Just use the defused sunlight coming into the room. That should be fine.
    If you can't get the shutter speed up to where you can hand hold the camera
    go up a bit on the ISO. You're trying to blur the background, so a little
    "noise" won't hurt.

    Focus on the eyes. If you have to use manual focus.

    If you can, use a lens that's around 85mm to 100mm. This will add to the
    background blur, and reduce any distortion a wide angle lens will give you.
    If you are using the lens that came with the camera 55mm will be just fine.
    Use the camera to crop in close. Try not to have to crop much after the
    image has been shot.

    From there, experiment with the lighting and exposure till you get it right.
    No cost for film and processing, so just have fun. If you can't get the
    shutter speed up to at least a 30th of a second, use a tripod.
    Sheldon, Mar 22, 2005
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