Steps when taking pictures

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  1. Sirene

    Sirene TPF Noob!

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    What is your order when taking a picture ? Kind of what is your workflow on the field ?

    Composition
    White balance
    Metering
    Focus
    Aperture
    Shutter speed
    Iso
    etc...

    What is or are your specific order when taking one or more pictures ?


    Thanks for your input !
     
  2. PhotoXopher

    PhotoXopher TPF Noob!

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    I'm a newbie but for me it varies every time I think, especially on different subjects. Since I am new to this and don't have anything in particular I photograph, most of my shots come from my noon hour photo walks and driving around.

    Typically I'll walk or drive until I find something of interest (or just something out of boredom, I need to exit that habit). Once I find something I'll walk around and try to find an angle that is most appealing if I can, wildlife doesn't always offer this luxury.

    Next I'll compose and move around more if I have to, but more often than not I'll have a zoom lens on. Once I feel the shot is what I pictured I focus and lock exposure, set my aperture (or shutter speed) accordingly and fire away. My ISO is almost always at the 200 base level if I can help it.

    I have a lot to learn though and look forward to reading the responses here.
     
  3. hopdaddy

    hopdaddy No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I've asked this question myself, [PM.ed] but didn't get a response.Hope you get an answer! are there any analytical photogs out there??
     
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    AduNeButt TPF Noob!

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    I always start with composition, I like to think of a good picture as something you piece together. If the composition strikes me as interesting, that's the first sign that allows me to decide I'm taking a picture of it. I usually then decide on the best angle and point of focus, from there I adjust the aperture and shutter speed accordingly. I usually set my ISO before I go out to shoot, say if I'm shooting in broad daylight I'll use 100-200, etc..

    I'm sure different people use different approaches, but I always start with composition, no point in setting up a perfect shot if what you're shooting isn't interesting.
     
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    choudhrysaab TPF Noob!

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    in no particular order and mostly i forget one or two and have to go retake the same pic again :(
     
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    I point and shoot.
     
  7. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    My camera settings mental check list order:
    • Shooting mode
    • White balance
    • Focal length
    • Aperture
    • Focus point
    • Focus mode
    • Metering mode.
    • Shutter speed
    • ISO
    • exposure compensation (if any)
    Works for me.
     
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    My mental checklist:

    Check stuff...and some other stuff. See picture, capture picture. If I'm walking into a particular situation, say from indoors to bright daylight, there are a few adjustments I know I need to make, like setting my EV comp down a third, setting ISO to 100, WB to Daylight. Depending on what I'm shooting, I might change AF/AE lock settings.

    If the subject is staying put, then I take a test shot with a Munsell card. No real order; very ad hoc. That's how the right side of my brain works though.
     
  9. Sirene

    Sirene TPF Noob!

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    This is what I had in mind, thanks a lot, it's helping me ;)
     

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