Photography TripDuring the holidays, we made a special photography trip without the dogs. I took a lot of photos.
I checked my camera settings with bird action shots in mind, ISO was on auto, TV set to priority, and I even remembered to check my focal point.
It was a bright glarey day and I could barely see my camera LCD screen so I went forth to shoot feathered pretties on faith that they would turn out having confirmed my camera settings were set to what I'd normally use on a bird shoot.
It was a wonderful day of photography full of fantastic subjects to shoot. I was elated, these were going to be some of my most spectacular bird shots to date!
Shoot ReviewWhen we got home I sat down to view and edit my shots.
What a disappointment. Barely 10% turned out and the rest were blurry. What had gone wrong? Is there something wrong with my camera? Normally I would have walked away with more then enough photos from a special photography trip.
Know Your Camera SettingsI complained to my photography mentor, (hubby) and after a bit of investigation into my camera settings he discovered what had gone wrong. The Focus Mode was set to One Shot. Why? I think perhaps some time ago I was trying to get a good still-shot in low-light and he had helped me to switch to this setting to increase my chances of a crisp photo. At the time I had been sure I'd remember we changed the settings and to switch them back but as it was not part of my camera settings-check routine I quite forgot.
Remembering a new camera setting can be a challenge but having an entire batch of photos that you were really excited about turn out blurry does the trick. I'll never forget that setting exists again.
It has also encouraged me to get to know my camera better. I've been lazy about learning more about how to use my DSLR and it's time to make a bit more of an effort.
Focus ModeMy camera has 3 Focus Mode settings:
- One Shot: for taking still life shots - careful slow focus
- AI Focus: which my hubby calls 'the stupid one' which lets the camera try to figure out which one you want and it could pick the wrong option for any shot
- AI Servo: for moving subjects (and moving photographers) - constant focusing
Is Focus Mode a camera setting you are familiar with? Is it a part of your camera settings mental checklist before a shoot? It will forever be a part of mine now.
|F 5.6 | 1/2000 | ISO 6400|
This shot is blury because the Focus Mode is set to One Shot instead of AI Servo