Someone please help the novice with the Canon 20D

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Mike the Cop, Feb 14, 2005.

  1. Mike the Cop

    Mike the Cop Guest

    Greetings everyone,
    I just bought a Canon 20D, and I am just getting started with SLR type
    cameras. But I know very little about the various settings used in manual
    mode. Can anyone suggest an easy to understand book for taking pictures for
    the novice? Right now I really do not have the time to enroll in a class,
    but I will in the future.
    Mike the Cop, Feb 14, 2005
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  2. Mike the Cop

    pw Guest

    Hi newbies,

    let's start !

    first, your goal is to catch the light, and for this you have 3 ways :
    a) the ISO : how much you need light to have a
    picture from 100 iso to 3200 iso.
    at 100 iso,the quality is
    very good , but you need a lot of light
    at 3200 iso, the quality is
    not so good, but you need few light
    b) the "open time" (in 1/s , from 1/4000 sec
    to 30sec)
    at 1/4000 sec, your picture
    is very sharp, nothing move, but you need a lot of light
    under 1/125 sec, if you have
    a small movement (pushing the button for exemple) your picture is not sharp
    c) the aperture : ( in 1/f : f/2.8 is very
    open, f/22 is very close)
    more your lens is open,
    more light came in , and you can raise the speed to avoid movement
    at the same time the "deeph
    of feld" is bigger at f/22 than f/2.8

    Now, with your 20D :
    start your engine :
    first, put the main selector on the green triangle (means full
    then, on your lens, put the button on "AF" (AutoFocus)

    and take a picture !

    have always a look on the small indication of light balance
    to be sure you have the correct light

    the drive button is to chose ISO and the mode of picture (one, several,
    with timer)
    The w/b (withe balance) buton is to choose a specif light (if you are
    indoor, outdoor,.....)

    The main roll help you to select the way of taking pictures
    green triangle = full auto
    P = full auto without flash
    TV = choose your speed,the DSLR adapt the aperture
    AV = choose your aperture, the DSLR adapt the speed
    M = Manual, choose your speed and your aperture

    And don't forget, the best way to learn taking picture is experience, so
    take picture and understand them.

    good luke, and may the light be with you ...

    ps : sory for my english, i'm french ...

    pw, Feb 14, 2005
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  3. Mike the Cop

    Rich Guest

    Just shoot in the automatic mode for now until you get used to the camera.
    Then get into the manual and try the different settings on THE SAME SUBJECT
    at the same time. For instance, focus in on an object inside or outside.
    Don't move your position. Now try using different settings according to the
    manual and see the differences in the settings. That's the best way to see
    what manual settings will do for you. For instance, the camera is set at
    ISO 400 default but you can change the ISO setting for faster shutter
    release or slower shutter release. I took some shots inside a roller rink
    and found that the built in flash couldn't do the job. So I adjusted to a
    higher ISO 800 and boy did that make a difference. You can go all the way
    up to ISO 1600. The roller rink was dark and the people were moving. By
    going to a higher ISO, it was more sensitive to light and moving objects.
    Thus the photos came out better with little noise.

    Also play around with various settings that adjust your focus. You can take
    a photo of someone and the background will be blurred, OR you can take the
    same shot with a different setting and the background will be in the photo.
    The best advice I can give is to read the manual. It's not that big and
    it's easy to read.
    Rich, Feb 14, 2005
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